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the best 'mainstream' album of the last year?
Have you heard the BBC radio session they did last week? They gots an orchestra and everything. Some of it is slightly dodgy, but some of it works perfectly. Look it up.
i wish i'd seen it, this album is full of pleasant surprises.
even though i downloaded it legitmately for free from amazon xmas giveaway i still feel like i should've bought it.
It was on the red button thing the other night. You might be able to torrent it from somewhere. I know you can listen to the audio from iPlayer. Good as.
I agree that some of it seemed a little redundant but most of the tracks were really complimented with the orchestra (Tower crane driver especially). It's one of the albums that, having introduced them to it, both my parents now wank on about all the time. I really like them, they write strong songs and Gurvey has a great voice. In summery, yes.
but I don't think it really became mainstream until a while after it was released. Obviously peoples opinions of what is mainstream are different, but I always think that DiS massive over-estimates what is 'mainstream', I don't remember the album being hyped to anywhere near the levels of Coldplay for example. I'm sure I wouldn't have considered it mainstream when it came out, I probably still wouldn't if 'one day like this' hadn't been used on every montage of every final of every sporting event this year.
But anyway, it has become what it has become (a thinking man's Coldplay? if that isn't too condescending) which is fairly mainstream, so yes, in my roundabout way, I suppose I agree.
It's a lovely, heartfelt album that takes time to reveal all its true charms. You can tell that so much effort went into making it just right. I love it. The lyrics are great as usual, and 'One Day Like This' aside (and we can forgive that because it's such a happy song), the album totally avoids platitudes.
Because it was cheap on Play.com. I wish someone had said that they sound like Genesis. I'd have saved a few quid.
"prog without the solos" being bandied around quite a lot when asleep in the back first came out.
i think with elbow you have to want to like them. they require a bit of goodwill. that's why so many people accuse them of being boring, when in fact they're very not boring and rather special actually.
'Friends of ours' with the bbc orchestra was really something quite special