Thu., Nov. 16, 7 p.m. 2017
The title song from Elbow’s newest, Little Fictions, begins with ominous piano joined by a marching-band beat. It’s eight minutes–plus of building, battle-cry rock. With a voice like a purer, more English Peter Gabriel — but always on the verge of tears — frontman Guy Garvey leads his band from slow-building to all-out storming. Garvey is a poet full of poignant and wrenching lyrics, and his band engulfs his words with lush, dense melodies. On “K2,” he alludes to Brexit with both wit and sorrow: “I’m from a land with an island status/Makes us think that everyone hates us.” Many of the songs have a serene savagery, with soft/hard, rousing choruses that everyone in their adoring crowds sings along to as if they’re auditioning for the band.
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