Just like you, but different
2008 – Elbow – The Seldom Seen Kid
This was their 4th Album, and the first one I listened to, and if I remember one that I played on an almost endless repeat when I was doing some tedious and long work in the garage, more exactly , sanding back a table for re-varninshing, hot dusty musty tedious work.
This is an album of music where the lyrics display an absolutely mastery of story telling, and it’s backed by music that is accomplished and well polished.
An Album of 54 minutes give or take and usually 11 Tracks
Seems like every time I listen I pick out a new phrase and a different track that hits the resonate button.
I think this time around that this particular bit grabs me;
A friend of mine grows his very own brambles
They twist all around him ’til he can’t move
Beautiful, quivering, chivalrous shambles
What is my friend trying to prove?
And then come around to the March 2012 MrsPdubyah and me, well we see them live at the Powerstation a venue in Auckland that holds about 900 people. It was a magnificent gig, and they were supported by an Australian band “Bear and Boy” who were also quite good and had a couple of catchy tracks and some great arrangement of musics going on.
I like Elbow so much that I imported a box set of theirs from the UK that had all there previous albums in it. Madness then and on reflection madness still, but it has a great collection of music that are by-and-large well crafted and eloquent, romantic and sad as well as uplifting and happy. Skilfully sung too.
There are two version of this album, the studio one and the abbey road one, they are both equally as impressive, and as with a lot of modern bands the live version sounds a lot like the studio version, possibly to do with the money made by touring as opposed to album sales and you have to sell what you sound like.
It’s a great night in, although the problem I have with the album is that they are pressed as doubles and that means a lot more flipping and swapping, that and they play at 45 and not 33, it’s a small price to pay for enjoyment, but it could have been better.
is a Garage Project – Lupus the Wolf Man a 9.5% Double/Imperial IPA in a 650ml bottle. I’ve had this on tap and it was magnificent then.
Brewed for a Beer Festival they’ve found the occasion to make this again, which suits me fine.