ALL THAT YOU TOUCH
YES (for fans or inquisitive people)
This is a beautiful thing. Beautiful. I don’t believe it’s better than the original release, and not everything is improved by having the BBC Orchestra sawing away behind it, but this record is sonically perfect and stunningly immediate. I turned it up to “speakers melting” levels and, good golly miss molly, if Elbow is a band you enjoy then I recommend this fully. If you aren’t current a fan then this isn’t the place to start… I mean it could be, I would just suggest working through the studio LPs first. Seldom Seen Kid or Build A Rocket Boys (my fave) would be my picks. This release works really well for people who have worn out the originals and need a extra jolt of awe.
“Grounds For Divorce” is a fave from the studio LP but I don’t think it gains much whereas “One Day Like This” lulled me in and then exploded into my earholes. It’s a song that makes me happy to be alive and this version seems to add a little extra joy. It may be the chorus or bombast of orchestral percussion but man I want to run out and hug someone. “Throw those curtains wide” indeed.
Progressive rock for people who don’t like noodly instrumental passages.
Fire up those headphones if you’ve got ’em.