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Poetry in Music

I have only one criticism of this absolutely beautiful and brilliant has been so difficult for me to listen to the first track, The Birds, without replaying it immediately, repeatedly, at a higher volume each time. Guy Garvey's vocals, and the backing vocals to some extent, are dynamic, making the 8:03 duration feel nowhere near long enough, with the orchestration building to a ravishing crescendo. But I have been able to drag myself away from The Birds long enough to immerse myself in the sheer brilliance of one of the music worlds great poets...the lyrics of most of Elbow's tunes to date could have been published in a best selling collection of poetry, especially the moving The Loneliness of a Tower Crane Driver from The Seldom Seen Kid. Whilst not as commercial as The Seldom Seen Kid, Build A Rocket Boys takes us back to the days of Asleep in the Back, with thoughtful melodies accompanied by the aforementioned poetry. A fabulous album that needs to be listened to by all real music lovers.

Look Back In Languor

After listening to this album for a week solid, it's a very different listening experience to their previous work. As the previous reviewer mentions, it is probably closer to "Asleep In The Back" in spirit than any other. Anyone expecting "Seldom Seen Kid 2" will be sorely disappointed, as I was at the beginning, as TSSK has become one of my favourite albums of all time (and set quite a standard). There is no "Grounds For Divorce" or "One Day Like This" here. Then, as the best music tends to do, it seeped into my favour with each repeated listen. A lot of the songs on this album also maintain the mantle of sounds of sadness also containing incredible beauty, with Garvey's self-confessed elegies to his childhood and past evoking real wistfulness and wry humour, still imbued with his and the bands inimitable Mancunian style. One of my first questions upon first listens was "Where's Jupp?", as it seemed a lot of songs especially in the middle of the album are drum-less (or percussionally challenged. I then came to admire some of these arrangement decisions, as the songs don't need them to achieve the mood they require. Most bands would instantly put drum tracks on, because that's what they think they should do. Elbow have never been "most bands", and have been together long enough and known each other long enough, that the song can remain King. Traditional roles and egos be damned, and dynamics, air and space reign. This album to me though is Craig Potter's album, both in production values and musicianship displays. There's tasteful playing from all members throughout, yet some of Craigs contributions are unexpected and left-of-centre, yet they work beautifully. I'm particularly referring to the electric piano in "Jesus Is A Rochdale Girl" as a prime example. Simply brilliant. To round of this review I'll include my obligatory favourite tracks : "The Birds", "Lippy Kids" and "Open Arms" are in that position right now, but as with most Elbow albums my go-to tracks will change from month to month. Great in it's own way, I'm sure that this album will please a mood that others in the Elbow catalogue can't please, whilst still being Elbow in every fashion.

Build a Rocket Boy

I love this album and am glad I stumped up for the deluxe version. There are plenty of very melow and laid back tunes in the same vain as the bands previous work. I would have appreciated maybe one or two slightly more uplifting songs but this is another classic from one of my favourite bands of all time.


Formed: 1997 in Manchester, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Injecting a wider range of emotions into their music than most of their guitar-based British peers, Elbow have been known to refer to their orchestral, grandiose sound as "prog without the solos." The members of the band -- vocalist Guy Garvey, drummer Richard Jupp, organist Craig Potter, guitarist Mark Potter, and bassist Pete Turner -- met during the early '90s while attending college in Bury. After moving several miles south to Manchester proper, the band went through a couple of developmental...
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  • $16.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music, Pop, Britpop, Rock
  • Released: 01 January 2011

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