Garvey Turns Meister

The Evening Standard (London, England), March 16, 2009 | Go to article overview
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Garvey Turns Meister


ELBOW were long overdue a night like this. For many years, the Bury band seemed destined to be rock's perennial underachievers but thanks to their Mercury-winning fourth album, The Seldom Seen Kid, they're now popular enough to headline Wembley Arena.

For frontman, Guy Garvey, it was all a lot to take in. "Wow, there's loads of you," he remarked, before launching into Mirrorball.

Built on rising strings and an insistent guitar figure, the ballad showcased Garvey's achingly romantic lyrics. "Now I know what every step is for/To lead me to your door," he crooned.

Away from the balladry, Elbow proved they could rock. Leaders of the Free World, their third album's eponymous single, was a mass of distorted guitars and driving beats.

The band were joined by Richard Hawley for The Fix. The shimmering ballad came complete with shakers, tip-toeing piano and a guitar solo from the bequiffed Sheffield troubadour.

Garvey called for a toast before Grounds for Divorce, raising a glass to his adoring throng. The song featured the singer walloping two drums next to his mic stand (he'd put his glass down by this point) and Mark Potter's bluesy guitar riff.

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