Jamie T’s second album in two years is a punk, rap, pop and hardcore tour de force
…and the best non-NME Awards show at Porchester Hall, London (February 12)
Garvey is, quite simply, one of the greatest, most consistent songwriters this fair isle’s ever produced – and tonight’s set is one deceptively dark indie-pop starburst after another. In among the immaculate classics – ‘Switching Off’, ‘Red’, ‘Newborn’ – it’s the new songs from forthcoming fourth LP ‘The Seldom Seen Kid’ that impress the most. ‘Grounds For Divorce’ is a hulking, gargantuan rock departure, while the shimmering, swooping orchestral-tinged ‘One Day Like This’ sees Garvey lead the crowd through a gospel-style singalong that belies the fact it’s the first time it’s been played live. It’s the chuggingly euphoric ‘The Loneliness Of
A Tower Crane Driver’ that truly makes the case for ‘…Kid’ being Elbow’s career best, however – sounding like the monster in Cloverfield having a moment of clarity and bursting into tears after realising how much devastation it’s caused.
In truth, tonight there’s nothing new or classier about Elbow – they still look like portly, drunken binmen. No, there’s just a set of spellbinding songs that keep them stratospheres above the majority of modern British rock groups.
Character studies and ready melodies abound in the latest record by the Oxford quartet
A battle-like record where fear and dread rule
Another gripping Pedro Almodóvar mystery, full of vibrant visuals and emotional revelations
The Californian succeeds, once again, in exposing the ugliness of mankind. It’ll get under your skin