Elbow - Not A Job
Few records match their content to their cover as well as The Who Sell Out, which matches the garish pop-art signs for Odorono. Medac and Heinz Baked Beans with a clash of radio adverts, ringing pop and a vibrant summary of Carnaby Street life in the London of 1967.
Many years later, the same could almost be said of Elbow's Not A Job, although given that the cover of the Maxi CD Single shows a comfy and well-worn armchair, expect the music to be played at a more pedestrian pace than the frantic, euphoric rock of I Can See For Miles.
Not A Job, although pleasant, tends to drift by the listener somewhat, much like their earlier single, Fallen Angel, which, like this, has been taken from last year's Cast Of Thousands album. The song features a slight touch of The Beatles' gentler, acoustic moments, a little bit of early Radiohead and a melody that, in kinder moments, could be described as having something of Suede about it. Yet never does Not A Job soar like moments caught from Dog Man Star. Instead, it grinds through a series of minor chords that are closer to A New Morning than the glam flash of the Butler era. At its end, however, you'll struggle to hear anything to make you think that the last few years, featuring Elbow, Travis and The Stereophonics, is anywhere close to a golden age of rock.
In addition to Not A Job, the various CD/DVD singles also feature a cover of Massive Attack's Teardrop, Bruce Cockburn's Live On My Mind and a reworked version of Theme From Munroe Kelly, taken from their debut EP.