Amy and I saw Elbow support Snow Patrol at Meadowbank a couple of years ago and quickly christened them El Bore. For obvious reasons. So, I was not the most likely convert to this band.
However their stupendous performance of One Day Like this at Glastonbury opened my mind to the possibilities that they are not merely grumpy old Mancs with a one track pedigree.
I also heard their performance of The Fix with Richard Hawley as co-writer and co-vocalist which I liked. So, I took the plunge last week and bought this.
The Seldom Seen Kid is a magnificent album. Beautiful, poignant, lush and full of great melodies and outstanding arrangements. It is SO not what I expected and is immediately in the running for my Album of the Year, although it will have to go some to beat Dig Lazarus Dig by Nick Cave.
I cannot praise this record highly enough. Even Jeana likes it.