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Elbow win Mercury Prize

Elbow - The Seldom Seen KidManchester based band Elbow triumphed at the Nationwide Mercury Prize, winning the accolade for their album The Seldom Seen Kid. The prize is judged by music industry insiders and awards the best album of the last 12 months. Also nominated this year were Radiohead, Laura Marling, Adele, British Sea Power and The Last Shadow Puppets.

Aside from the prestige of winning the award, the band also receive a cheque for £20,000. Elbow have been together for nearly 20 years, and have experienced their fair share of lows, including waiting nearly a decade to be signed, and then being dropped a few years later. The Seldom Seen Kid is the band’s fourth album, and is dedicated to the memory of Brian Glancy, a friend of the band and a much loved prominent figure on the Manchester music scene who died suddenly in 2006.

It received huge critical acclaim, and is arguably the band’s best work to date. From the dark, foreboding sounds of Grounds for Divorce to the beautiful centre piece of the album The Loneliness of a Tower Crane Driver, The Seldom Seen Kid is melancholic, uplifting, heartbreaking and epic.

The band described their win as ‘the best thing that’s ever happened to us’, and after years of producing incredible but largely unheard music, their gracious and humble attitude showed that no one deserved it more than Elbow.

Get a copy of the Mercury Prize winning The Seldom Seen Kid from Amazon.

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