The only thing that springs to mind is how amazing this album is.
With a similer feel to Placebo, Radiohead and Pink Floyd, Elbow are definitely going to be worth keeping an eye on.
There are so many different sounds to this album that nobody can listen to it just the once and come up with a sure verdict. In fact, it took me quite a while to warm to the variations of sound within each song.
The key with this album is to not immediately pay attention to the lyrics, but to the different emotions that are created in extremly interesting and inventive ways. For example, "Fugitive Motel" - (My personal favourite) starts off with a feel that's almost hawaiian. The dog barks, the waves crash on the shore and a wonderful "twangy" sound is created. This mood is changed abruptly when the singing starts. His melodic voice never fails to send shivers up and down my spine.
Once you have listened to the whole album a number of times, then you can look at the lyrics. Again, going back to "Fugitive Motel", the lyrics are heartbreaking: "I'm tired I said, You always look tired, she said. I'm admired, I said. You always look tired, she said." How simple is that, and yet it never fails to break my heart.
To listen to this album, I think that you either need to be extremly chilled out or depressed. Works both ways for me.
If you don't give this album its deserved second listen to, then you're the one missing out on some extremly touching, artistic music.