The Seldom Seen Kid

Universal Music Group
Release date
25 Mar 2014
Running length
14 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Starlings 5:05 146,822
2 The Bones of You 4:49 165,298
3 Mirrorball 5:50 161,953
4 Grounds for Divorce 3:40 303,734
5 An Audience with the Pope 4:27 140,822
6 Weather to Fly 4:29 173,311
7 The Loneliness of a Tower Crane Driver 5:15 126,182
8 The Fix 4:28 131,991
9 Some Riot 5:23 120,516
10 One Day Like This 6:34 292,562
11 Friend of Ours 4:38 133,407
12 We're Away (Album Version - UK Bonus Track) 1:57 642
13 Hotel Istanbul (Non-album track) 7:13 158
14 Lullaby 3:13 13,998

About this album

The Seldom Seen Kid is the fourth studio album by the indie rock band Elbow. It was released by Fiction Records on March 17, 2008 in the United Kingdom, and was released by Geffen Records on April 22, 2008 in the United States.

The album was recorded at Blueprint Studios in Manchester, and is the first Elbow album to be entirely self-produced, mixed and recorded without any outside help. The bulk of the record was written and performed by the band, besides a guest appearance from singer-songwriter Richard Hawley who contributes to guest vocals, lead guitar and co-songwriting on The Fix.

The title of the album is taken from a lyric in the first single, Grounds for Divorce. It also is a nickname, given by Guy Garvey’s father, for Bryan Glancy, a fellow Mancunian musician and friend of the band who died suddenly in 2006. The closing track, Friend of Ours and the liner notes of the album are dedicated in his memory.

The album won the 2008 Mercury Music Prize.

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  • zacharycaddy

    This album actually came out on 17 March 2008 not 25 Mar 2014

    9 Mar 4:19pm Reply
  • tommyhaych

    How the f**k has it taken me 4 years to muster up the effort to listen to this? I'm failing in my old age.

    18 Oct 2013 Reply
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  • doomy304

    I love this freaking album

    11 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Howell1236

    Listening to 'One Day Like This' for the first time from start to finish is one of my happiest and absorbing moments when listening to music. Great album.

    1 May 2012 Reply
  • PossetTom

    Get the live at abbey road edition of this and prepare to be stunned..

    21 Nov 2011 Reply
  • PinballWizard55

    "plastic music for the masses" - Not...THE MASSES!

    25 Feb 2011 Reply
  • dangs12

    wow! is an excellent album

    30 Dec 2010 Reply
  • pizzake

    this album is pefect, too bad i got over it :( i can't help but skipping cos i kinda fed myself up with it :s

    2 Nov 2010 Reply
  • TPPembabulous

    Awesome album (except the first track - what's with the claxon?!). 'The loneliness of a tower crane driver' is currently my fav song of all time. Mirrorball has also key-noted itself into my life in a major major way. And the rest are just wicked in their own right. Can't recommend this album highly enough really.

    10 Sep 2010 Reply
  • kaftoskaitsiou

    SOLID album!!

    10 Sep 2010 Reply
  • jarppiduplessis

    ok, and 'friends of ours' that's amazing.

    7 Jul 2010 Reply
  • jarppiduplessis

    especially, 'the loneliness of a tower crane driver' - love that song!

    7 Jul 2010 Reply
  • jarppiduplessis

    i agree, possibly their best so far

    7 Jul 2010 Reply
  • a2Sa

    I love this album because it's the only one I can play a thousand times in a row (and I most definitely do) and not hear a single complaint from whoever is with me, now matter what their musical tastes are.

    15 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Jibberd

    The Charts are not a judge on what is good in the music scene, it is usually full of manufactured pop rubbish that has been aimed at teenage girls because they will go out and buy rubbish! This is an amazing album and Elbow are fully deserving of their Mercury Prize. :)

    25 Jan 2010 Reply
  • spinthegrin

    "What a ridiculously underrated album. Where is the hype for these guys?" I trust this displays a dry sense of humour? Mercury Music Winners and THE band of 2009... f you mean chart success then f#ck it - the charts only consist of plastic music for the masses. Elbow are EXACTLY where they should be.

    15 Jan 2010 Reply
  • ChesterCream

    Wonderful band. The piano middle eight (if that's the right terminology!) on 'Mirrorball' swept me away somewhere when I first heard it, and I still haven't come back yet.

    22 Dec 2009 Reply
  • greatnecker

    What a ridiculously underrated album. Where is the hype for these guys?

    16 Dec 2009 Reply
  • pizzake

    I love this album! Every song is so beautiful and special.^^ But someone needs to fix that tracklist.. -_-''

    18 Oct 2009 Reply
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