We were all over the video for “Grounds For Divorce,” the excellently breezy, ballsy, percussive, first single from Elbow’s fourth album, The Seldom Seen Kid. It felt like vintage Greg Dulli, if the Whigs had been from Manchester, not Ohio. Guy Garvey & Co. soften the corners for “Mirrorball,” the song that falls immediately before “Grounds” on the new one, and it’s an altogether dreamier, less beer glass-crashing ballad. Garvey’s tunes generally have at least one line suitable for framing. This time it’s “we kiss like we invented it.” And then everything that comes after it.
This is such a classic-sounding, classy album. Hopefully the gents get the audience they deserve for it.
The Seldom Seen Kid is out 3/17 in the UK on Fiction and 4/22 in the US on Fiction/Geffen.