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The Seldom Seen Kid

Elbow

2008

The Seldom Seen Kid

Album Summary

The Seldom Seen Kid is the fourth studio album by English rock band Elbow. It was released by Fiction Records on 17 March 2008 in the United Kingdom and was released by Geffen Records on 22 April 2008 in the United States. The album debuted at number five on the UK Albums Chart and won the Mercury Prize in 2008.

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Rating

3.32

Votes

5284

Genres

  • Indie
  • Rock
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Tue Oct 19 2021
5

One of my all-time faves. Every time I listen I'm reminded of my first Glastonbury festival when the Guardian was giving out bags with 'Throw those curtains wide/One day like this a year would see me right' on the side. Elbow were playing the Pyramid stage after Paolo Nutini, who was sloppy drunk and pretty terrible, but I met a nice girl who gave me one of those little packs of raisins. So anyway, I left partway through Nutini's set because I didn't know who Elbow were back then and I wanted to go and see Noah and the Whale or some shit. So now every time I listen to this masterpiece I get to remember how much of a moron I used to be. 10/10.

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Sun Jan 24 2021
4

Elbow have an interesting sound, not quite what I was expecting. I know I've heard the odd track here or there, but I don't really remember them at all. The instrumentation is pretty cool and the layered vocals add another element. Grounds for Divorce is my favourite track so far.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
3

Not heard this before. Largely comes off as Radiohead-lite to me with flashes of Blur here and there. Got to respect the ambition though. Love it when the British don't hold back their accents while singing. Perhaps my favorite track is "The loneliness of a Tower crane driver."

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Mon Mar 15 2021
3

I was puzzled at first by this selection (pun intended), but then I read that it's a British band. Never heard of these blokes, but they're okay I guess. Nothing less than decent, but not many tracks that jump above decent either. The distorted guitar sound near the end of "Audience with the Pope" stood out to me. And "Lullaby" was nice, almost sounded like a different band. Overall this comes off like a generic amalgam of countless other indie/alternative bands. Music for commercials, or as the Brits would say, adverts. I wish I had a stronger opinion on this, but it was kind of in one ear and out the other. Extremely okay music. Favorite tracks: Lullaby, One Day Like This, Bones of You. Album art: As much as I love Rubik's cubes, this cover doesn't do it for me. Maybe it's too monochromatic. Maybe the drawing is just sloppy. Maybe it's Maybelline. Sorry, bad joke. I'm pretty bored listening to this. 3/5

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Wed Sep 08 2021
2

Like wanking in a wheelbarrow. Uncomfortable and perverse.

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Mon Mar 15 2021
5

Fantastic album, I was very hesitant at first after turning up my volume during the first song to hear it better only to have my ears blasted by those trumpets but The Bones of You was such a great song that I forgave the first song. After that, the songs really just keep getting better and it's like each song feels like a different genre, and I was surprised that I liked most of the songs that had that country vibe to them. Definitely gonna add this to the rotation.

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Thu Oct 06 2022
5

Best new find yet. I listened to it three times already and I’m liking it more each time. Peter Gabrielish voice, clever lyrics, good stuff.

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Wed Apr 21 2021
4

high 3 / low 4

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Wed Oct 12 2022
4

Absolutely gripped me, like a schoolyard bully picking a nerd up by the collar to shake him down for lunch money. This would be an easy 5 stars, but there is juuuuussstttt a bit too much bloat for me to be quite so generous.

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Fri Oct 14 2022
4

This was very good do you get to be a little much. I have no idea who the elbow is as I ever heard of them but I think they’re sounds a little ahead of their time. 2007 is a dark time for music, you could not pull out of the air anything you wanted, MTV had long stopped playing music, YouTube did not have music videos you can go find, and mp3 sharing services had been shut down. That’s why I think elbow remained all these years. This is a very gloomy sound but not entirely sleepy which is very soothing to me. I need to wallow in my exhaustion and sadness but still have enough rhythm to scoot me forward, accepting the reality that is the cold dark morning that starts every day.

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Sat Dec 05 2020
3

really cool vibes already, raspy main vocals and kind of ethereal indie rock feel. I LOVE THIS ALBUM BASED ON THE FIRST SONG. cool orchestral feeling. oooooo I love it!!! i don't think it objectively deserves more than a 3 so i'll give it that but i love her :,)

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Thu Feb 04 2021
2

Like if Radiohead and Coldplay had a failson.

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Thu Feb 25 2021
2

Meh

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Wed Sep 08 2021
2

You know that saying 'you don't know your arse from your elbow'? Well, it's pretty apt here, because this is shit.

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Mon Oct 31 2022
2

Not much to say about this one. I listened to the album on Friday and now it's Monday and I can barely even remember what it sounded like.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
5

One of my favorite albums that I’ve been listening to forever. Grounds for Divorce is one of my favorite tracks. Discovered from Left for Dead 2, I believe.

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Thu Mar 04 2021
5

I loved this album. Listed to it for another whole day

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Mon Jan 25 2021
5

Kind of reminds me of Sting, Kind of reminds me of Mumford and sons. Will have to listen again to pick my favorite track.

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Wed May 12 2021
5

Digging this. Chill but euphoric at times.

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Thu Jun 03 2021
5

Tämä oli ensikuuntelulla selkeä, joskin erittäin yllättävä, 5* levy. Myöhemmillä kuunteluilla pidin levystä yhä kovasti, mutta alun käsinkosketeltavaan kiimaan ei enää päästy. Erittäin hyvä levy kuitenkin uudelta tuttavuudelta. Rauhallinen äänimaailma ja laulajan ääni miellyttivät kovasti, eikä raukeasta tunnelmasta huolimatta tylsiä kohtia tai täytebiisejä löytynyt. Vaikka jossain vaiheessa kuuntelu-urakkaa käytiin nelosessa, niin kyllä tämä levy lopulta vangitsi vitosen arvoisesti.

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Tue Feb 09 2021
5

I really enjoyed this album! Absolute bangers.

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Thu Mar 04 2021
5

Classic. Not a bad song.

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Wed Jul 14 2021
5

This is a beautiful, milti-genre, journey. Another album I’ve never hear of that I loved. Good lyrics, nice minimalism, epic crescendos. There are a few songs that almost ruin it, the country revival dirge in the middle reminding me of the radio songs of 5 yrs ago, there’s also a couple Nick Cave style songs I didn’t love. At its best this album sounds like a film score with Indy vocals. Nick Cave and country revival songs weren’t enough to ruin this album for me, it was successful despite those songs. 5.

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Mon Feb 15 2021
5

Experimental enough to not be dull and familiar enough to not be annoying Did not expect it to be this good! A modern white band I like. How strange.

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Mon Jul 12 2021
5

Had to listen to this a second time on the following day. On the first listen I disliked the first song and then didn't listen too attentively, but found myself liking the album more and more as it progressed. Since it's a fairly unobtrusive album I thought it fair to give it another spin the next day and listen more attentively. I'm really glad that I did because this time around I really loved it. It's serene, but has a surprising amount of depth and versatility. I can see myself revisiting this one quite often when I want background music that is relaxing but simultaneously of really high quality.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
5

What an album! So atmospheric and loved listening to it through while driving

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Mon Mar 22 2021
5

Hell yes! Peter Gabriel vibe, but different. Love this album. Even though you have been here since 2006...Welcome to 2021, Mr. Elbow. Really good album.

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Fri May 07 2021
5

Great Album!!! I love it

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Sat May 22 2021
5

5/5 This was definitely one I really liked that I would never have heard. Sounds kinda like Dave Matthews.

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Fri Jun 04 2021
5

Style and sound I like.

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Thu May 27 2021
5

zingers

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Thu May 27 2021
5

Somehow actually hadn't heard this before! Great album though

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Fri Jun 04 2021
5

I had no clue who these guys were and had absolutely zero idea of what to expect, but damn, this was really great. Hearing lots of Dave Matthews Band, Coldplay, and Radiohead influences, but with a lot more dramatic and expansive soundscape. I saw them described as a “cinematic” pop group and I think that’s a great adjective as every song feels like a story bursting open. Each song has a unique timbre and mix of instrumentation/effects while the album still sounds pretty cohesive. Cant really say it’s like nothing I’ve ever heard before but it’s definitely really well done.

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Thu Jul 22 2021
5

Asleep at the back and THIS … lyrics are so good …

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Mon Aug 16 2021
5

Delicately balancing between a Pixar movie and a coked out Tim Burton film, this album resonates with that late 2008 art rock baroque folk scene. It’s beautiful yet eerie in parts- vague yet also grounded both in lyrically and instrumentally. All the songs are different enough to leave different impressions but similar enough to be considered as part of the same statement. Mirrorball and Audience With the Pope are the standouts to me- along with the fix. A great album

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Fri Aug 20 2021
5

Holy shit this hit me like a tonne of bricks. What a beautiful record. It's what post X&Y Coldplay could've been but never were. Emotive, evocative, poetic observations of the examined life. "Straight to my head like the first cigarette of the day." " We kissed like we invited it" "Yes I'm asking you to invest in a horse that's only good for glue." Never tepid, every song has an edge layered somewhere within it that captivates eg the Alt J style dirty baseline in The Bones of You or the straight up foals style shred monster that is Grounds for Divorce - it's fucking orchestral. THIS is a contemporary record that deserves to be here.

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Sat Sep 11 2021
5

Geweldige band, geweldig album.

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Sat Sep 11 2021
5

Hopla! Een van mijn all-time favorites. Album klopt van top tot teen!!

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Sun Sep 26 2021
5

Beautiful and experimental. Full score. Will buy the album on occasion.

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Mon Nov 22 2021
5

Absolutely beautiful. Reminds me of Veckatimest by Grizzly Bear. Amazing combination of strings and traditional rock instruments.

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Fri Nov 26 2021
5

This album led me to a whole new genre of albums and songs. The singer sounds like sting

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Mon Nov 29 2021
5

I was listening to this album a lot when I met my wife, and we had Mirrorball playing at our wedding. Not going to get a fair rating out of me, sorry. It's a crime One Day Like This got so overplayed on telly. Ban TV.

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Tue Nov 30 2021
5

Beautiful album Fav tracks: Starlings, grounds for divorce, the loneliness of a tower crane driver, one day like this, friend of ours.

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Wed Dec 01 2021
5

4.5/5 Nice album, relaxing and nice voice

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Tue Dec 07 2021
5

Lovely

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Tue Jan 04 2022
5

From the first crash of starlings all the way to the triumph of one day like this, beautiful songs with clever lyrics.

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Mon Jan 31 2022
5

Ooooooh I have always loved this album!! Before I really had a music collection or a music taste, before I formed opinions and learned about how music is made. I owned a couple of tracks on iTunes and a few burned CD mixtapes but I had this album! A very dear friend introduced this album to me and it's extremely emotional, the memories tied to it. It's a five stars all the way to me and I can hardly even look at it objectively because of how strongly I immediately feel when I listen to these songs. The timing of this album coming up has been quite spookily meaningful for me. Listening to this with the sun shining after days of rain is magical.

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Wed Feb 09 2022
5

The album is dominated by a melancholic undertone; I got some very slight Radiohead-meets-Leonard-Cohen vibes out of it. On top of that, the singer sounds a bit like Sting at times. Still, there is quite the variation between songs, which keept me engaged. Standouts are Mirrorball, Weather to Fly, The Loneliness of a Tower Crane Driver and One Day Like This. I will listen to this again. - Very enjoyable 4.5/5.

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Mon Feb 14 2022
5

This is a beautiful record. Epic but fragile, romantic but truthful, outward looking but visceral. I wouldn't be surprised if this is found to have healing qualities. An hour listening and I feel soothed. And moved. Catharsis in sound. 5/5

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Mon Feb 14 2022
5

Elbow are a perfect combination of Mancunian sensibilities with a soft core of romanticism smoothing out the northern swagger. Garvey's voice is like one of those throat lozenges with anaesthetic in it. Soothing. Although this album won the Mercury music prize, it's their earlier work that I'm keenest on. Asleep at the back was one of the greatest debuts of the decade. Live they are incredible too. A national treasure.

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Wed Feb 23 2022
5

This is a brand new band for me, never heard of Elbow before. The first song didn't really grab me, but it quickly picked up and I got very entranced by the music, it's a very pleasant listen and I realized this band reminds me very much of what Coldplay could have become if they didn't go into the mainstream stadium rock path, it's very reminiscent of their early work. In the reviews I see Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Coldplay, Dave Mathews, and Peter Gabriel come up frequently and I think the comparisons make sense. Good album, I could see myself picking this one up if I spot it in a shop. Grounds for Divorce is the standout but it's solid across the board.

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Fri Mar 04 2022
5

Right up my alley!

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Sat Mar 05 2022
5

Grounds for Divorce made this album rocket up to a 4 automatically for me. It started out kind of slow but just kept getting better and better.

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Sat Mar 05 2022
5

The attention to detail on this album is incredible. From the quirky intro of Starlings to the outro of The Bones of You. Add in the beautiful lyrics. Put that all to one side. Guy Garvey has a unique and wonderful voice. This album is perfect and rightfully won the Mercury award when it came out.

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Mon Mar 07 2022
5

Þessi plata er barasta virkilega góð. Fjölbreytt, dramatísk og skemmtileg lög, og ekkert þeirra bara til uppfyllingar. Útsetningar hæfilega flóknar og söngvarinn nær til mín, bæði túlkunin og röddin sjálf. Held ég hendi barasta fimm á þessa.

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Wed Mar 09 2022
5

Chill all the way through.

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Thu Mar 10 2022
5

This album is like an Edward Gorey book come to life.

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Mon Apr 18 2022
5

Fantastic

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Sat Apr 30 2022
5

The first time I listened to this I felt like I knew some of these songs. Later I realized I’d seen a couple of TV shows that used a few of these songs. Otherwise this was the first time I’ve heard this group. This album really clicked with me on the second listen. Catching more clever lyrics like “So yes, I guess I’m asking you to back a horse that’s good for glue” and picking up more of the stories the songs tell really made me fall for this album. The music is really interesting, the vocals unique, and it all came together for me. “ We made the moon our mirrorball The streets, an empty stage The city sirens violins Everything has changed ” There are touches of epic, wistfulness, sadness, drama, sarcasm and joy throughout the songs. I love it! Standout songs: Mirrorball, Weather to Fly, An Audience With the Pope, One Day Like This, A Friend of Ours, Hotel Istanbul

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Sat Apr 30 2022
5

I'd never heard of Elbow, which is either the best band name or the worst. Can't decide. But what a wonderful surprise! I was hooked by the second track (The Bones of You). Many other favorites, including Mirrorball, Grounds for Divorce, Weather to Fly, The Loneliness of a Tower Crane Driver, and of course One Day Like This.

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Sat Apr 30 2022
5

I very much enjoyed this album. The instrumentation is very interesting, the vocals are pleasant sounding, and all layered together so well. Kind of simple while simultaneously so grand.

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Sat Apr 30 2022
5

I was not familiar with Elbow but happily now I am! I love the grand, orchestral sound and the first lyric, "How dare the Premier ignore my invitations/ he'll have to go." What a wonderful opening song. "Darling, is this love?" Yes. "Mirrorball" is magical and beautiful. "Grounds for Divorce" has a great, gritty rock sound. "An Audience with the Pope" sounds like one of the better James Bond themes. "The Fix" is just great story telling and I love the duet of conspiring voices singing lyrics like "the redoubtable beast has had Pegasus pills." This is definitely a new favorite.

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Tue May 03 2022
5

Listning to this album on the 2nd day in May in a public park ! Greatfull for this moment 🙏

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Wed May 18 2022
5

Ooh this is good for me, I’ve tried so hard to get into this before and now I hopefully have the time… As an album opener starlings reminds me of the stone roses song I wanna be adored, it takes forever to get going but once you’ve reached the song it’s pretty strong one of the strongest from memory of the rest of the album also the orchestral work is great. The bones of you is a good wake up after starlings an acoustic guitar based track with lots of hand claps. The songs chorus is the best bit. There’s also an instrumental which is like elbow’s most rocky moment ever. Mirrorball is alright it’s the most elbow song so far just a nice soft track but not a huge favourite. Grounds for divorce brings back some energy being a sorta cowboy style bop with some cool synths randomly thrown in. Then is the song an audience with the pope it’s fairly good fairly slow with great lyrics and good guitars what else do you want. Weather to fly ( like mirrorball earlier) is okay just dull and slow the kind of sound I would associate with elbow ( in most cases but I like this album). If it wasn’t a slow band like elbow the loneliness of a tower crane driver would probably be the closer, being a slow song primarily in 3/4 ( waltz time) it’s really epic and grand a probable favourite. Next is the fix with Richard Hawley of the longpigs ( a very good band that should’ve been in the book for their debut) this song is fairly creepy and haunted sounding but also having some thundering drums another top track! Some riot has a cool enough intro and is probably the most sinister sounding on the album works well after the fix but while not the worst it won’t go on any favourites lists any time soon. The gloominess of that that tracks flows perfectly into the happy clappy penultimate track ( and their biggest hit) one day like this. It’s not my favourite song on the album but it’s pretty close and definitely deserves the right to being their big hit! The album closes with the song friend of ours the slowest most elbow-y song of the second half it’s only got a few lyrics but they’re good enough it’s just that a closer should really explode a bit and this doesn’t. Overall it’s better than what I thought about it, a well sequenced good effort!

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Fri May 20 2022
5

Absolutely amazing!

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Thu Jun 02 2022
5

Fantastic album, luscious arrangement beautiful melodies

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Sat Jun 04 2022
5

One of my favourite albums by one of my favourite bands. Lyrically, musically and vocally flawless. My favourite lyric is the first verse of "Some Riot". Heartbreaking at points, and arguably even more so when you read the story of his friend who it is dedicated to. 5 🌟

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Mon Jun 13 2022
5

Going by Apple Music’s description of this being a cross between U2 and Coldplay, I figured I would either love it or hate it. IMHO it’s much more like Coldplay than U2. This album won me over, though. I was thinking it was a strong 4, but by the time I got halfway through, it became a 5. I look forward to listening to this again. I had never heard of this band before so this is a fun surprise.

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Fri Jul 01 2022
5

I loved this. I told a few people about it. By my metric, that's a 5. Will listen again.

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Fri Jul 01 2022
5

I love this album, haven’t listened to it much recently so when it popped up as the album for the day I was overjoyed. Not a bad track on the album and days like these was the track that my wife and I walked out of the church to on our wedding day. A banger of an album, a 5/5 every day of the week and twice on a Sunday

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Tue Jul 05 2022
5

Superb a classic Cover art 5/5

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Mon Jul 11 2022
5

Nice vocals, sort of downtempo/groovy rock.

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Thu Jul 21 2022
5

Мне понравился альбом. Интересные и красивые аранжировки; обложка классная — как головоломка, а еще в ней что-то от игры botanicula

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Thu Jul 21 2022
5

Starlings - 10/10 The Bones of You - 9/10 Mirrorball - 8/10 Grounds for Divorce - 8/10 Weather to Fly - 8/10 The Fix - 10/10 Some Riot - 9/10 One Day Like This - 10/10 Friend of Ours - 8/10 We're Away - 7/10 Hotel Istanbul - 10/10 Lullaby - 9/10

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Sat Jul 23 2022
5

3 Sure haven't heard of Elbow before, but I mean the music is pretty good. Hey! Richard Hawley! :)) Really beautiful. I wish I had something to link it to right now. 4 I have to listen more to this! "Friend Of Ours" is heartbreaking. Whatever 5

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Tue Jul 26 2022
5

Never heard of this band before. About halfway through the album now, this is exactly the kind of stuff I was looking for out of this 1001 albums list! Excellent, and will definitely be looking into their other albums very soon!

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Tue Aug 16 2022
5

This is a great listen all round. Worth your time and repeated listens

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Sun Aug 28 2022
5

Idk how big are in their country, but at least in mine (which isn't an English speaking country), Elbow doesn't seem to be a well known band. Oasis and Blur were definitely the most popular britpop bands but, Elbow? I don't think anyone would recognise then. So, I listened to this album without knowing what this band was like, and I didn't know what to expect. Holy cow This album blew my mind. The combination of classical music and alt-rock is one that I particularly like. The lyrics gave me a nostalgic but melancholic vibe at the same time, like a teenagers memories of growing in a poor neighborhood. The last song, "Friend of Ours", made me burst into tears, but more or less all of the tracks managed to send a chill down my spine. This album is a hidden gem, and I think anyone should give it a listen at least once in their lives.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
5

This was actually really good

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Wed Oct 12 2022
5

This is some really Soft "Rock", and I am really glad I had no preconceived notions going in. This was an incredible and delightful little piece to put on for my morning.

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Wed Oct 19 2022
5

Excellent hidden gem

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Fri Oct 21 2022
5

I genuinely liked it

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Sun Oct 30 2022
5

I think I only know one Elbow song, and as luck would have it, it is on this album! One Day Like This is such an amazing song, so I’m looking forward to hearing the rest. Songs I already knew: One Day Like This, Grounds For Divorce (didn’t know I knew this song until it came on) Favourites: One Day Like This, Grounds For Divorce, Mirrorball What an excellent album! It sits somewhere along the softer side of rock for the most part, with plenty of orchestral strings thrown in for good measure. The call and response between the vocals and strings in One Day Like This is simply perfect. Buttery smooth vocals is always a plus for me, and the fact that the singer’s accent makes him sound like he lives down the road from me isn’t a bad thing (a cursory google search shows they’re from Bury, so yep, just down the road). A very easy recommend, with some incredibly catchy songs.

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Fri Nov 18 2022
5

very cool

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Tue Nov 22 2022
5

10/10 wouldn’t call myself an alternative fan but then again, I love nearly every alternative album I hear so idk

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Tue Jun 29 2021
4

Pleasantly surprised. It had relaxing sounds while not sounding boring, very good.

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Thu Feb 18 2021
4

2008. Key Songs: Mirrorball, Grounds for Divorce, One Day Like This

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

Ive listend to this one before. Grounds for divorce is great!

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Tue Mar 16 2021
4

I liked it a lot. Like a lot. I will relisten. Cool sounds, made me feel like I was in a movie. Don't know why it's on the list but I'm happy I found it. 7/8, fav song, (don't know).

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Tue Feb 02 2021
4

I really liked this album. I've never heard of the group Elbow before. It seemed like a toned down indie rock album.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

cool

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Thu Jan 28 2021
4

Really enjoyed this

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

I had only ever heard one song from Elbow before but I had no idea who they were. But I really liked this album. Creative use of instruments to create a different rock sound

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Mon Feb 22 2021
4

This was an awesome intro to elbow. I will be looking at more of their stuff because I love their style. The fix is brilliant as is grounds for divorce

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Mon Feb 01 2021
4

Was not aware of this band so wasn't sure what to expect, but very pleasantly surprised.

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Fri Mar 12 2021
4

Liked this pretty well. Listened to a few other albums and liked those too!

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Fri Mar 05 2021
4

A bit more U2 influence than I’m into but otherwise good

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Mon Feb 22 2021
4

Really artsy, sweeping, and dramatic. Good music, all over the place in many different styles. Kind of takes away from the song's "albumness" though. i.e. had they chosen a consistent style to REALLY hammer home, could have been nuts. Instead we're left with an appetizer plate of a bunch of really great starts, but nothing complete

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Thu Feb 04 2021
4

Some really incredible songs, but overall album wasn’t a cohesive listen

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Fri Jan 29 2021
4

Good

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Wed Apr 21 2021
4

Creative, strings, want to listen it more

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Fri Mar 12 2021
4

I really enjoyed this, it was right up my alley and something I’d never heard of!

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Mon May 31 2021
4

Really good! Sounds like early Radiohead, better Coldplay, also The Doves

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Wed Jul 14 2021
4

Started out strong, then got a little precious, ended fairly decent.

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Thu Feb 04 2021
4

i quite liked a lot of the songs on the album!! esp audience with the pope, mirrorball, grounds for divorce, and the bones of you... gives me kinda radiohead-but-for-people-who-are-on-the-road-to-depression-and-aren’t-quite-at-rock-bottom-yet vibes ... also the album art is sick !!

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Tue Jul 13 2021
4

Some lovely tunes. Not really my thing: file it with Coldplay, Snow Patrol etc. Generally very nice inoffensive AOR with the occasional standout track.

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Wed Jun 16 2021
4

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Fri May 07 2021
4

very calming, some very interesting sounds/harmonies? the fix

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Sat Jun 26 2021
4

A pleasant surprise!

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Thu May 06 2021
4

Seems like a very well-made album. Had some interesting moments, but overall didn't grab me. Felt mellow overall. Hotel Istanbul was neat. Not sure how to rate it. It was good, just didn't love it.

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Fri May 07 2021
4

4.0

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Fri May 28 2021
4

Surprisingly, this is a really good album. Pop is generally boring and repetitive, but this was just enough of an outlier to feel new but familiar enough to not be annoying.

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Mon Jul 05 2021
4

Nostalgia boner, definately on rotation from now on

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Mon Jul 26 2021
4

An inventive, gorgeous, eerie, smooth album! I love the more creative/genre-blending tracks on here, like the jazzy closer and "Some Riot". "Grounds for Divorce", despite the awesome track name, was a low point, it felt a little generic pop-rock, but it's not that egregious taking into account the year this was made.

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Thu Aug 12 2021
4

True story: I've owned this record forever, just never actually listened to anything aside from "Grounds for Divorce". I'm very surprised how much I enjoyed this record. It's indie rock with a lot of interesting instruments, structures, and vocal performances. I think it hits a lull mid-album that only really recovers at "Some Riot", but I think the 4-song run of "The Bones of You" through "An Audience With the Pope" is just perfect. Favorite tracks: "Mirrorball", "Grounds for Divorce", "The Bones of You", "An Audience With the Pope"

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Mon Sep 20 2021
4

Wow echt een zeer fijne ontdekking!

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Mon Sep 20 2021
4

Dit heeft een beetje peter gabriel ballade vibes. Zeer leuk alleen had er soms zo iets meer up-tempo of harder tussen mogen zitten. Anders had een half uurtje beter geweest.

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Tue Sep 21 2021
4

Nice album but a bit whiny

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Tue Oct 05 2021
4

Really good. Will listen again

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Wed Oct 06 2021
4

ну инструментальненько и интеллигентненько все так. Голосок, барабаны, гитарки, всё на месте своем

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Fri Oct 08 2021
4

Mellow and lovely

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Wed Oct 13 2021
4

Radiohead lite vampire weekend vibes. Lyrics are simplistic but poetic. nice and dreamy.

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Wed Oct 13 2021
4

Loved it!

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Sat Oct 16 2021
4

Liked this! Good ambient driving music with some fun fugues

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Thu Oct 28 2021
4

Really nice, reminds me of radiohead a little. Some lovely tracks: the bones of you/mirrorball/grounds for divorce are my favourite

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Sun Nov 07 2021
4

Elbow are the early to mid 00s English alternative/pop rock band that should have been bigger than Oasis and Coldplay (because they're better). A low bar for some, but I'm not damning them with faint praise. This album is a diverse yet cohesive unit, comprised of anthems, ballads, and weird indie shit, sometimes all in the same song. Somehow it all works. Best track: One Day Like This

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Tue Nov 09 2021
4

Mi disco favorito de Elbow con diferencia. Creo que fue el primero o el segundo que escuché. Canciones como The bones of you, Grounds for divorce, Weather to fly y One day like this. Supongo que no es para todo el mundo pero para mí está entre los imprescindibles de segunda línea.

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Mon Nov 15 2021
4

Really Cool vocals, and some awesome songs overall. Not always my style but overall great

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Mon Nov 15 2021
4

Great and versatile album, loved "One day like this"

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Mon Nov 15 2021
4

What a beautiful album, and a pleasant surprise from not only a contemporary artist but one unknown to me. Great production and use of strings, harmonies, indie guitar playing, and some truly quality songwriting.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
4

How have I never heard of this band before now? A bit melodramatic overall butt obvious talent with some interesting song writing and arrangement

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Fri Nov 19 2021
4

Myndi alveg hlusta á aftur. Minnti mig á Sigurrós

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Mon Nov 29 2021
4

Enjoyed Grounds For Divorce & An Audience with the Pope & The Fix. Didn’t like Some Riot.

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Tue Nov 30 2021
4

This is my type of rock, very stripped-back instrumentation with moments of it being heavier. Very artsy, not quite smooth voice. Exactly what I go to alternative/indie for. Bonus tracks don't do it for me, definitely feel cobbled on the album

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Wed Dec 01 2021
4

I'd only recently been acquainted with Elbow but had not heard anything from this album, so here we go... The vocals sound like a mix of Peter Gabriel, Sting, and Fish (Marillion)....this is a high compliment. I'm not often/usually/ever "into" vocals - mostly they're a necessary addition (or distraction) but too up front or over the top and it takes over and ruins things. But I'm finding them (vocalist: Guy Garvey) a real equal/compliment to the music -> which i *love* - mysterious, cinematic, melodic, yet accessible. For me their best songs keep the mystery - there are literally no bad tracks on this album but some of the more up-tempo/rock ones seem slightly out of their comfort zone (specifically "Grounds For Divorce" is a bit of a throwaway). You definitely need variety on an album of course but Elbow works best at any tempo when they're using more instrumentation. Having said that, it's nitpicking and if you're a fan of complex and delicate melodies in the vein of anything from Radiohead to Genesis to Pink Floyd and with a modern bent this is a keeper. I also feel like this album will only grow on me as I get more familiar with the songs. 8/10 4 stars

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Tue Dec 07 2021
4

Intimate with shocks of sound that jolt your ear in the best way possible. Dynamics were great. Really well done overall.

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Mon Dec 20 2021
4

Really well crafted album, can tell a lot of work was put into the string section (and a real string section not a synth). Comes across as possibly too polished. Big songs, especially One Day Like This.

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Wed Dec 22 2021
4

Absolutely love One Day Like This but the rest of the album isn’t quite enough to push it to full marks.

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Tue Dec 28 2021
4

7/10

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Sat Jan 01 2022
4

I never got on with Elbow's first album, and it out me off listening to their later stuff. But this is phenomenal and I wish I'd given them a second chance at the time. The only track I don't like is "One Day Like This," which EE used as its hold music and I'll forever associate with stressful calls.

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Sat Jan 01 2022
4

horoshiy

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Wed Jan 05 2022
4

Never listened to it in full before and the lyrics are great. Played about 4 times in the day and whilst it wasn’t ideal for the gym it was perfect at other times.

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Fri Jan 07 2022
4

Elbow rules

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Thu Jan 13 2022
4

I love elbow.

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Mon Jan 31 2022
4

I really enjoyed this, beautiful and varied. Elbow always surprise me - there's one song on here I had either forgotten or had no idea was Elbow! So wasn't their style I associated with them.

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Mon Jan 31 2022
4

Grounds for divorce and one day like this are bangers! Elbow were a different band in my head though, I think I maybe had them confused. Love those songs, the others didn't quite hit me the same way but we're alright

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Fri Feb 04 2022
4

Me pareció interesante y hasta curioso porque no sabría colocarlo en algún grupo ni geográfico, ni racial, ni musical. La voz y la instrumentación y el estilo están ahí como en medio de muchas cosas y eso les dio un punto extra. Me gustó en general, pero en especial "Grounds for Divorce" (que me suena como a soundtrack para una escena final de película), y resulta que hasta tienen música lanzada este año y que no está nada mala.

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Fri Feb 04 2022
4

I've never heard of elbow but I'm glad I was able to give this a listen. It was reminiscent of DCFC or DMB. Great background type music or mellow rainy day music.

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Sun Feb 06 2022
4

Brit pop but not Brit pop, interesting and cool

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Thu Feb 10 2022
4

On first listen I didn't know much what to make out of this. It sounded like one of those records nicely written, nicely played, nicely recorded but not much more than that. On second listen it started revealing itself. I now understand the comparisons with Sting and Peter Gabriel other writers brought up. There is also some Graceland-era Paul Simon (Weather To Fly, which is magnificent by the way); An Audience With The Pope has that guitar playing in the style of Mark Ribbot. The Fix has that California-era Mr Bungle thing going on. I wasn't that impressed with Grounds For Divorce (which seems to have given Imagine Dragons a couple of ideas) nor was I with the lush orchestration of Friends Of Ours, but I did like the orchestra on One Day Like This.   Still I wonder: does this record really deserve the classic status? We might not know yet, or at least I am not totally bought for the time being. 

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Tue Feb 15 2022
4

Finally, something brand new to me that I really enjoyed. Very cool stuff, kind of like progressive rock meets alternative. A bit like Radiohead, and can definitely hear the Peter Gabriel/early Genesis influence, especially on the vocals. Really interesting - I plan to delve more deeply into Elbow's catalog now. 4 stars.

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Sun Feb 20 2022
4

Before this, I hadn't heard of Elbow, but I was blown away by how much I liked this album. I really liked the feel of it and the style. Definitely revisiting this one in the future. Favorite songs: Starlings, The Bones of You, Weather to Fly

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Tue Mar 01 2022
4

Rating: 7/10 Bests songs: Best of you

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Thu Mar 03 2022
4

Really liked this one....good background music...bit of an old Depeche Mode slow song feel to much of the album

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Sat Mar 05 2022
4

Favorite songs: The Bones of You; Mirrorball; Grounds for Divorce; An Audience with the Pope; The Loneliness of a Tower Crane Driver The Fix; One Day Like This.

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Thu Mar 10 2022
4

Kind of a 3.5 stars for me, but it's a good listen

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Fri Mar 18 2022
4

Необычный альбом. С ходу даже не могу выделить на что это было бы похоже. Интересный звук, гармонии, инструменты. Пару песен я слышал и до того, как прослушал целый альбом.

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Sun Mar 20 2022
4

OverallUK version of Lambchop is what I think, but maybe not quite as good overall. Opener is lovely and thoughtful and “Bones of You,” very groovy and compelling. The record is interesting throughout – lots of moments. ”One Day Like This” is a later highlight. I admit not loving Garvey’s vocals or style. And I get a little lost in the inclining to melodrama and theatricality, which feels like trying too hard. The production is overdone at times, too. The uplift from the initial cuts is never re-achieved, though I suspect this is a record that rewards repeat listening (say on a long flight). 3.7 and rounding up (with bonus points more for Damon Runyon references than the Mercury Prize) but not a strong 4, a 4-minus, if you will.

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Mon Mar 21 2022
4

Coldplay-esque indie-rock. "The Bones of You" is fantastic, great weight to the bass and captivating vocal performance. Wish more songs shared the intensity of that track, but I actually enjoy this quite a bit. Production is pristine and clear. A couple of snoozers but good overall.

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Mon Mar 21 2022
4

I really dug this. Not familiar with Elbow at all, but there was so much to listen to in these songs. Hard to pin just how many things I'm reminded of listening to this, but overall I really enjoyed it.

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Tue Mar 22 2022
4

yes i agree this was some good stuff

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Wed Mar 23 2022
4

Simply masterful. Guy Garvey is probably a genius. A wonderfully sublime album which showcases Elbow's complex simplicity (an oxymoron I know). If you ever wanted to know how to build a beautiful song by carefully layering simple instrumental melodies and harmonies and blending them with apparent effortlessnes, then this is the altar at which you should pray.

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Fri Apr 01 2022
4

03/31/2022 Hadn't heard of this band before. Similar sound to Sting and Peter Gabriel. Really easy to listen to... I'm a fan!

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Sat Apr 09 2022
4

Indie/Prog? An album that will never jump out at you. It's one you'll have to sit down with, maybe with a pint and some crisps, and interrogate it. It can be a slog, but it's worth it. Best Tracks: Starlings; Grounds For Divorce; One Day Like This

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Mon Apr 11 2022
4

very unique album, it has a variety of different styles throughout, hard to compare it to something else or to really narrow it down to a genre but i think its really good

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Sat Apr 16 2022
4

Yummy yum yummy yum

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Sat Apr 16 2022
4

Big ol cinematic rock

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Sat Apr 16 2022
4

Not sure why I haven’t heard them before. Good listen.

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Tue May 03 2022
4

Great and underrated.

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Wed May 11 2022
4

Dark, complex, interesting and thoroughly solid from start to finish.

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Wed May 11 2022
4

Great songs. Not a massive fan of his voice though if I’m bein critical.

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Tue May 17 2022
4

A really excellent album with some modern classics on them. Can't believe it only came out in 2008. Some of these songs are so ingrained they feel like they have been around for ever. A real pleasure to listen to again.

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Tue May 17 2022
4

By turns casually exuberant to beautiful melancholy to majestic, musically this album soars. Guy Garvey’s mellifluous vocals and the wryly observed humanity of the lyrics link the songs back into the familiar. The two together create something quite special, with intimate, relatable songs underscored by emotionally fulfilling music. Superb.

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Tue May 17 2022
4

Loved this when it came out and it's as spine tingly beautiful now as it was then.

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Wed May 18 2022
4

I am very much here for Elbow. This is the kind of working class British music in the loosely rock and roll sphere I can get behind. More of this, less of new wave, please.

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Wed Jun 22 2022
4

Really enjoy the sound of this album. Recommended listening.

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Tue Jun 28 2022
4

Could listen to again

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Mon Jul 04 2022
4

Hadde ikkje høyrt heile før, ganske bra

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Tue Jul 12 2022
4

Vraimrmt bon, j’aime la musique production et le vibe dd l’album et aussi toutes les direction qu’ils prennet. 4.75

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Fri Jul 15 2022
4

Some really nice songs here. I remember my Mum playing this album quite a lot when it first came out, so it was nice to revisit from beginning to end. Guy Garvey has such a recognisable and easy to listen to voice, Favourite of mine has to be The Loneliness of a Tower Crane Driver, such great sounds and lyrics!

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Sat Jul 16 2022
4

Alors oui Elbow a du talent mais il est quand même extrêmement chiant. Me reviens d'ailleurs d'une anecdote, lorsque j'avais invité Elbow a partager la soirée en compagnie d'un groupe d'amis. Après deux heures de discussions animées, Elbow n'avait toujours pas osé le moindre mot, restant recroquevillé sur un bout de table.

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Mon Jul 18 2022
4

Perfect for calm & melancholy days

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Tue Jul 19 2022
4

A really nice, flawlessly produced indie album. Uplifting but not TOO cheesy

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Fri Jul 29 2022
4

Really enjoyed this album. Sounded like a smoother Sting with a sloppier backup band.

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Sat Jul 30 2022
4

I only knew "One Day Like This", which was a favourite of my partner so it was played on a loop when it came out. In some ways this has put me off the band. It's a good song, with a structure very like Hey Jude, very catchy and anthemic, but I heard it too many times. So what do I think of the album. I quite like the sound of the vocals. Lyrics are more interesting, grown-up and imaginative than most. Melodies are not too obvious, and catchy in places. I have a feeling lots of the lyrics, especially in the verses, were written first, and the melody sometimes twisted to fit - they don't always quite go. Quite a languid, summery vibe. I noticed a lot of the songs are on the long side 4-6 minutes, maybe sometimes out staying their welcome. Arrangements are inventive and atmospheric - in places there is a touch of the dramatic sometimes maybe heading towards bombastic. The Bones of You has an interesting rhythm. Grounds for Divorce is a good song. Weather to Fly hangs together nicely, dreamy but coherent. Loneliness of a Tower Crane driver has a distinctive airy arrangement and nice soaring vocal. The Fix is a kind of heist song with mystery movie themes with big contribution from Richard Hawley. Friend of Ours is a poignant and heartfelt ending. I prefer the slower songs.

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Wed Aug 03 2022
4

Pretty similar to every 00s indie band, but I like that stuff, so I enjoyed this too.

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Wed Aug 03 2022
4

4.0 - Gorgeous in some stretches. I especially love “The Loneliness of a Tower Crane Driver.” I also love Guy Garvey’s voice that reminds me of Peter Gabriel. Sweet melancholy, this is a record for a relaxing evening at home.

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Fri Aug 26 2022
4

I like that song Starlings. This was a groovy album and I like the story that the songs tell

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Sat Aug 27 2022
4

Very chill and relaxing band early on in the album.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
4

Very chill, great background music, lyrics didn't matter since they aren't heard easily and the music tells the story. Repeated a lot

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Wed Aug 31 2022
4

Excelkent

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Tue Sep 06 2022
4

Loved it

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

A really lovely album, the instrumentation is gorgeous throughout and there are some incredible vocal harmonies on basically every track. Every song has its own unique sound and character yet complement each other really well, and it's just a tremendously rewarding listen

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Tue Sep 20 2022
4

definitely fits my post-redlands mellow/emotional phase. reminds me of being about 20 years old. I do enjoy, and will listen again.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
4

The opening track jump scare was incredible Luke told me it sounded like Halloween and Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless mind so Ill just go with that One Day Like This?? This?? THIS!!??!

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Fri Sep 23 2022
4

Wow, I really enjoyed that, I guess they play these guys on the Bridge.

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Fri Sep 23 2022
4

This album was a pleasant surprise. Chill. Well balanced. Relaxing but emotional. Layered And Oddly nostalgic, even though I've never heard them. I think I enjoyed every song. Especially enjoyed Grounds for Divorce & the Crane Driver one.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
4

Interesting sound

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Mon Oct 10 2022
4

Rock

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Fri Oct 14 2022
4

Wow! Another great album and it took me down a rabbit hole of bands/albums id never heard before.

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