Elbow's journey starts with this album; an atmospheric, analogue-sounding backroom haze and includes what veers towards their own take on plaintive trip-hop, occasionally peeping out of the Manchester smog.
The debut album from the Manchester band Elbow, originally released in 2001, is 11 tracks of rain-sodden misery blown up into the breed of gracefully elegiac fatalism.
+ Pressed as a double LP.
Includes the singles 'Red', 'Powder Blue', 'Newborn', 'Asleep In The Back', 'Coming Second' and the epic 'Scattered Black And Whites'.
The album received huge critical acclaim and reaching number 14 in the UK charts. The album was nominated for that year's Mercury Music Prize which of course they would then go on to win in 2008 for their 'Seldom Seen Kid' album.
'Asleep In The Back' is home to many timeless tracks which remain firm fan favourites and make up a good proportion of their live shows to this day.
Any Day Now
Bitten by the Tailfly
Asleep In The Back
Don't Mix Your Drinks
Presuming Ed (Rest Easy)
Scattered Black and Whites
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Nominated "Indie Champions" at the 2015 AIM Awards.