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Elbow is one of many children of Radiohead in the British music scene. Not that they are directly descended from Radiohead as if Thom Yorke has produced numerous progeny, but that dour, drifting sound that Radiohead pioneered on The Bends and OK Computer permeates this track off of Elbow's debut. The thing that sets this song apart from everybody else who wants a piece of the Radiopie is, well, brass. Specifically, saxophones. Saxophone solos. Passionate (albeit short) saxophone. At the very end of the song, suddenly as if INXS' "Never Tear Us Apart" has mystically possessed "Powder Blue", a saxophone solo comes in for maybe 20 seconds. On one hand it seems entirely out of place, but on the other hand, after a few listens you can't imagine the song without such Chris deBurgh magic (does Chris deBurgh use saxophone solos? If not, he should have). Does this mean I want more saxophones in my British alternative rock? Well, no. However, you have to hand it to Elbow for at least trying something a little different in what might otherwise seem like a Radioclone.

{iPod Roulette is a daily feature from TIG writer Erik Gonzalez, where he highlights the first track his 11,400 track iPod picks for each day. Think of it as your imaginary daily affirmation. For past rounds of roulette, check the iPod Roulette archives.}