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Music for falling in love to...
on 19 August 2009
To say this album blew me away is an understatement. I was dimly aware of Elbow, and sort of aware of the perfect "A Day Like This"- maybe from an advert, a TV trailer, somewhere.
I went to a friend's house, and "A Day Like This" came on her iPod. I was gob-smacked by the beauty of the song and lyrics. I put it on repeat, and it brought tears to my eyes, the sheer optimism of the lyrics and the gorgeous strings.
Rushed out to get the album, and I am utterly bowled over by the cuttingly honest lyrics. Take this from 'Starlings':
"So yes I guess I'm asking you
To back a horse that's good for glue
And nothing else
But find a man that's truer than,
Find a man that needs you more than I"
Many of the songs have that helplessly in love feel, sometimes unrequited, but always disarming. I feel naked listening to this, like it's songs that I could've written had I had the skill or the audience.
I think maybe it's because I'm in a similar position of being in the first flushes of love with someone that this album really hits home, but it's very rare that a piece of music, let alone a whole album has affected me so.
Go out and get this album, you'll thank me later :)
Elbow, I salute you.