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5.0 out of 5 stars
best of 2005 (probably), 8 Nov. 2005
It's hard to get excited about a band like Elbow. If you've only ever heard the odd song previously, or worse you've only ever seen a picture of the band, you might easily dismiss them as 'sub-radiohead whinging northerners'. Fair enough. This record though is hard to fault. There are not many albums that have an 'all-killer, no-filler' track list. The songs are instantly melodic with great arrangement and an earnest (if slightly miserable) delivery. Even better, the record has had no hype, no hit singles and is not remotely 'in'. There is absolutely no chance that the lead singer is going ot marry a hollywood 'A' list actress and you won't hear the songs in Starbucks or a car advert. Buy this record but don't tell anyone else - i don't want everyone to know.