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Cast of Thousands

Elbow

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Album Review

There doesn't appear to be an Elbow consensus: they are their own band; they are the Coldplay it's OK to like; they are the Talk Talk for people who've never heard Talk Talk (or Catherine Wheel); they are somewhere between Supertramp and Superchunk; they are part of a succession of over-introspective, twaddle-peddling British rock bands. They are most of these things — the positive things, at least — at various points. On Cast of Thousands, Elbow's second album, the group does deserve to take its rightful place as one of the most respectable rock bands going. What separates this album from the debut isn't all that apparent on the surface. Downcast songs about relationships remain the stock in trade, but the sound has made natural advancements and the quality control is less prone to malfunctioning. In other words, they have followed through on whatever promise Asleep in the Back held; you could sense this would happen, just as you could sense that, after Lazer Guided Melodies, Spiritualized would make an even better record the next time out. However predictable, the minor differences add up to a lot. More so than ever, Elbow's greatest asset is that the band is capable of making big sounds without being bombastic or flashy. And they've tempered the characteristics that got them tagged as sad sacks, although that fact is mostly apparent in the lyrics ("place" rhymes with "virgin mother what's-her-face"; the payoff line in opener "Ribcage" goes "I wanted to explode, to pull my ribs apart and let the sun inside"). The only setback? Gospel choirs. Hopefully, at some point before they make their next album, they'll realize that their songs don't need background vocals from an entire congregation in order to feel redemptive — or powerful. [V2 issued the album in the U.S. five months after the original U.K. release.]

Customer Reviews

This album is a Fallen Angel

Elbow releases a great follow-up to 2001's Asleep in the Back. Ribcage's unsettling tempo and beat and lyrics give you a chill, Fallen Angel then brings a more up tempo and good feeling that makes you feel sad at the same time, and Fugitive Motel, one of the best tracks, is well, a musical masterpiece. Elbow can't release a BAD album, when all of them have been, and hopefully will continue to be, so good.

Love em!

I can't get enough of these guys.

May be their worst album...still a 4 and 1/2 star album

I would purchase this last if you are collecting elbow. However, it is still a good album and has some bright spots, Snooks is amazing. The distortion combined with vocals will either drive you up a wall or open your soul. Jarring and wonderous it made them album for me.

Biography

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...
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