Elbow has yet to make it big in Jap. . . the United States. I’m not sure why. Their sensibilities should be perfect for a variety of radio formats here. But, sadly, Elbow remains generally unknown. I first came across them because Greg Spawton of Big Big Train recommended Elbow as well as Mew as two of his favorite bands.
Then, of course, Peter Gabriel produced a stunning version of the band’s “Mirrorball.”
Since 2009, I’ve ordered the bands complete catalogue, much to my own personal happiness. For whatever reasons (and I’m sure there are several, but they remain unexamined; Socrates would not approve), my favorite albums from the band are THE SELDOM SEEN KID and BUILD A ROCKET BOYS!