Elbow – Forget Myself (CD Review)

Elbow have a new album, ‘Leaders Of The Free World’ (out 12 September), and ‘Forget Myself’ is the first single to be released from it. It is a curious tune, the production is rich, with carefully layered sounds, but it still has the recorded-in-a-toilet feel about it in places. I can imagine that an unplugged version of this track would be a great improvement as the complexity doesn’t seem to add anything to the proceedings. Much better, in fact the best track on the single for me, is the soundscape ‘Strangeways To Holcombe Hill In 4:20’ which has Elbow musically recreating what appears, from the music, to be a train ride. Here is where the complexity works, there are no lyrics to get lost in the morass of conflicting noises. ‘My Finger’ is a more subtle affair, simple guitars and confessional vocals, all used to maximum effect.

Buy Forget Myself from Amazon.co.uk
Buy Forget Myself from Amazon.com

Buy Leaders Of The Free World from Amazon.co.uk
Buy Leaders Of The Free World from Amazon.com

Elbow have dates lined up in November, you can book tickets for them at ticketmaster.co.uk.


    13th – Portsmouth Pyramids
    14th – Bristol Academy
    15th – Birmingham Academy
    17th – Glasgow Academy
    18th – Edinburgh Queens Hall

    20th – Newcastle University
    21st – Sheffield University Foundry

    23rd – Manchester Apollo
    25th – London Brixton Academy

Label : V2

Release Date : 29 August 2005

Website : www.elbow.co.uk


  • Forget Myself
  • Strangeways To Holcombe Hill In 4:20
  • My Finger
  • Forget Myself (Video)

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