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Fugitive Motel by Elbow

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Reviewed on 1st October 2003.


Fugitive Motel

By Elbow

The second release from Elbow's second album 'Cast of Thousands'. In Jupp the band have one of the most inventive drummers around at the moment. At times it seems he's unable to play a straight beat. This track is based around his fractured drumbeat and some acoustic guitar strumming. A dash of piano and the addition of sweeping strings/synth al add to the atmosphere. Guy Garvey is on fine lyrical form, the chorus opening with "I'll blow you a kiss, it should reach you tomorrow as it flies from the other side of the world". As is the Elbow norm the tune is sweet and gentle whilst verging as far to the brink of the discordant as possible before turning briskly before scaring off the less liberal listener. It's more akin to 'Red' than 'Newborn' and should chart well but won't hugely raise the band's profile with new fans.



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