Elbow: “Newborn” (Asleep in the Back, 2001)
This song came up of the shuffle when I was driving home from work the other day. I was alone in the car, and I had the volume up and the windows open. It was a moment for decompression. I always liked this song—it wouldn’t be on my iPod if I didn’t, but I don’t think I ever quite realized the flattening power of this song’s second half until that drive home. I just wailed along with the wordless part.