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The 100 Best Albums of the 2000s: 60-41

PopMatters' coverage of the 2000s' best recordings continues with selections spanning Swedish progressive metal to minimalist electrosoul.

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Elbow - "Kindling (Fickle Flame)" (Singles Going Steady)

A more serious and earnest delivery, you will not hear this year. iPhone torches out for the live rendition…

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Elbow - "Magnificent (She Says)" (Singles Going Steady)

As always Guy Garvey manages to distill life's grand themes into more relatable, domestic ones with his lyrics streaked with humility.

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Guy Garvey: Courting the Squall

There's not a lot of squall in Elbow frontman Guy Garvey's solo debut, but there are more than enough promising moments to justify this eclectic venture.

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Elbow - "What Time Do You Call This?" (audio)

In a special contribution for the soundtrack to the romantic comedy Man Up, the Manchester group Elbow have recorded the tune "What Time Do You Call This?", which recalls the orchestral grandeur and optimism of their megahit "One Day Like This".

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Uncool Britannia: Radiohead's 'The Bends' vs. Britpop in a Battle for the Soul of Britain

The successors to Radiohead and The Bends are a generation who liked how the film started, but lost the script halfway through.

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Peter Gabriel: And I'll Scratch Yours

Peter Gabriel waits three years for his back to be scratched, and the wait wasn't necessarily worth it.

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The Toy Sessions Team Up with Save the Children

With all the sessions that you can find online, the Toy Sessions stand out for their creativity and their charitable cause.

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I Am Kloot: Let It All In

Proof that good things do, indeed, come to those who wait.

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Elbow: Dead in the Boot

A fire is by its very nature a tantrum of elements -- instability made manifest. As it approaches equalization through conversion, it approaches calm. This is the same conceptual space occupied by Elbow’s Dead in the Boot.

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The Age We're At: An Interview with Elbow

Elbow had been labouring at their craft for years, before making the breakthrough of a lifetime with 2008's The Seldom Seen Kid. Now, Elbow's Pete Turner talks about the success of their last album and how they set about following it with their new release, Build a Rocket Boys!.

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I Am Kloot: Sky at Night

Like Richard Hawley's last album, Sky at Night conjures a distinct sense of time and space as it insists upon the desirability of halting the passing day for a while in order to focus on a space of listening that would double as a space for remembering and imagining.

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Devon Powers
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The Best of Britain 2008

British music in 2008 was for once every bit the match of its American equivalent, and tantalisingly suggested there's much more to come.

Chris Baynes
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"A Language That Nobody Else Could Understand": An Interview with Elbow

With their new album The Seldom Seen Kid fresh on shelves, the guys in Elbow sit down with PopMatters to reflect on the losses, tragedies, and hopes that got them to where they are now, all while celebrating the music that continues to unite this group over nearly two decades of existence.

Eddie Ciminelli
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Elbow: The Seldom Seen Kid

Elbow has once again proved that it’s a band that’s looking forward and doing things in its own inimitable way.

Spencer Tricker
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Elbow

supporters may be content to keep their favorite British import to themselves, but when I see that pile of unsold tickets, it makes me want to shout.

Eddie Ciminelli

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