ALL THAT YOU TOUCH

ELBOW

SELDOM SEEN KID LIVE w the BBC ORCHESTRA

POLYDOR – HALF SPEED LP 2018

05/19/19

BIRTHDAY PRESENT

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.

Slainte!

AMAZON MUSIC PLAYLIST

SPOTIFY PLAYLIST

PLAYLIST SAMPLE SONGS:
THE BONES OF YOU
GROUNDS FOR DIVORCE
ONE DAY LIKE THIS

PRESENT

Liked it? Take a second to support klpoore on Patreon!