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With their fourth album, Elbow finally connected with an audience as big as their symphonic ambitions. Finding the sweet spot between Pink Floyd and Coldplay, the LP nestles Guy Garvey's grizzled baritone into epic arrangements of strings, horns and electronics. With its sweeping violins and choral vocals, "One Day Like This" is made for star-lit arenas, while "Grounds for Divorce" sports a grimy rock swagger. The Seldom Seen Kid is precise but warm—and a winner all around.

Biography

Formed: 1997 in Manchester, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Injecting a wider range of emotions into their music than most of their guitar-based British peers, Elbow have been known to refer to their orchestral, grandiose sound as "prog without the solos." The members of the band -- vocalist Guy Garvey, drummer Richard Jupp, organist Craig Potter, guitarist Mark Potter, and bassist Pete Turner -- met during the early '90s while attending college in Bury. After moving several miles south to Manchester proper, the band went through a couple of developmental...
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