Best of 2008: #7 - Elbow: The Seldom Seen Kid

Let's get this bit straight: I'm not the worlds biggest Elbow fan. In fact, I didn't really bother with them after 'Asleep at the Back', which while it's an album I loved very much at the time, it wasn't enough to give me the belief that they're a band I should pay loads of attention to. Hell, even moving to Manchester didn't sway me more in their direction. I was wrong to be so dismissive. 'The Seldom Seen Kid' is a tremendous piece of work, full of clever lyrics and sweeping soundscapes that sound great in the winter. They're probably "Band of the Year" too, given that they've won everyone over with earnest live performance, humility, and have also made the Mercury Music Prize exciting and relevant for the first time in about 10 years. Forget the Courteeners and Man Utd: Elbow are Manchester's finest.

MP3 Elbow - Starlings

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