While not as impressive or varied as their previous record 'philiphobia', Elephant Shoe still has its own distinct charm. It comes on like a Joy Division record made by the producers of Trainspotting and as such its morbid tone will undoubtedly put a lot of listeners off. While on first listen it may just sound overly depressing, careful listening will reveal the subtle beauty beneath the ugliness. Some British journalists have described Arab Strap and this album in particular as music to top yourself by, they obviously musn't have listened to the album's standout track tanned; lyrics that could well have been a great short story augmented by a beautiful trumpet solo and hypnotic guitar. This isn't a perfect album by any means but its good moments make it well worth repeated listens.