I was listening to The Seldom Seen Kid on the way to work the other day and as I walked up the hill past parliament, “The Bones of You” arrived in my ears and I swear I got goosebumps. And that's just the second track; you haven't even got to "Mirrorball", "Weather to Fly" or "On a Day Like This" yet.
The guitar at the start of the chorus of “Ground for Divorce”, Mwerah-bierrr - the bit that sounds like Satan's gear change - makes my diaphragm contract every time I hear it. I know the whole thing about the Butthole Surfers playing low frequency noise at their concerts to make the audience shat themselves is all myth but I wouldn't be surprised if the crowd at an Elbow gig needed new new pants once Messrs Garvey, Potter, Potter, Turner and Jupp get through the chorus a second time.
Come to think about it, I'm not sure I want to see them live any more.
* In case you were wondering:
Jonathan Coulton / MC Frontalot (in this ideal gig, they're playing together at PAX)
I know, they bumped Tenacious D out of the top five. I didn't expect that either.
Note - Strangely, this was written with Vampire Weekend and not Elbow playing in the background