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.
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.
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."
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
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.
high 3 / low 4
Like wanking in a wheelbarrow. Uncomfortable and perverse.
You know that saying 'you don't know your arse from your elbow'? Well, it's pretty apt here, because this is shit.
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.
I loved this album. Listed to it for another whole day
Kind of reminds me of Sting, Kind of reminds me of Mumford and sons. Will have to listen again to pick my favorite track.
Digging this. Chill but euphoric at times.
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.
I really enjoyed this album! Absolute bangers.
Classic. Not a bad song.
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.
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.
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.
What an album! So atmospheric and loved listening to it through while driving
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.
Great Album!!! I love it
5/5 This was definitely one I really liked that I would never have heard. Sounds kinda like Dave Matthews.
Style and sound I like.
Somehow actually hadn't heard this before! Great album though
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.
Asleep at the back and THIS … lyrics are so good …
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
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.
Geweldige band, geweldig album.
Hopla! Een van mijn all-time favorites. Album klopt van top tot teen!!
Beautiful and experimental. Full score. Will buy the album on occasion.
Absolutely beautiful. Reminds me of Veckatimest by Grizzly Bear. Amazing combination of strings and traditional rock instruments.
This album led me to a whole new genre of albums and songs. The singer sounds like sting
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.
Beautiful album Fav tracks: Starlings, grounds for divorce, the loneliness of a tower crane driver, one day like this, friend of ours.
4.5/5 Nice album, relaxing and nice voice
From the first crash of starlings all the way to the triumph of one day like this, beautiful songs with clever lyrics.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Right up my alley!
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.
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.
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.
Chill all the way through.
This album is like an Edward Gorey book come to life.
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
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.
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.
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.
Listning to this album on the 2nd day in May in a public park ! Greatfull for this moment 🙏
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!
Pleasantly surprised. It had relaxing sounds while not sounding boring, very good.
2008. Key Songs: Mirrorball, Grounds for Divorce, One Day Like This
Ive listend to this one before. Grounds for divorce is great!
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).
I really liked this album. I've never heard of the group Elbow before. It seemed like a toned down indie rock album.
Really enjoyed this
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
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
Was not aware of this band so wasn't sure what to expect, but very pleasantly surprised.
Liked this pretty well. Listened to a few other albums and liked those too!
A bit more U2 influence than I’m into but otherwise good
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
Some really incredible songs, but overall album wasn’t a cohesive listen
Creative, strings, want to listen it more
I really enjoyed this, it was right up my alley and something I’d never heard of!
Really good! Sounds like early Radiohead, better Coldplay, also The Doves
Started out strong, then got a little precious, ended fairly decent.
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 !!
Some lovely tunes. Not really my thing: file it with Coldplay, Snow Patrol etc. Generally very nice inoffensive AOR with the occasional standout track.
very calming, some very interesting sounds/harmonies? the fix
A pleasant surprise!
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.
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.
Nostalgia boner, definately on rotation from now on
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.
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"
Wow echt een zeer fijne ontdekking!
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.
Nice album but a bit whiny
Really good. Will listen again
ну инструментальненько и интеллигентненько все так. Голосок, барабаны, гитарки, всё на месте своем
Mellow and lovely
Radiohead lite vampire weekend vibes. Lyrics are simplistic but poetic. nice and dreamy.
Liked this! Good ambient driving music with some fun fugues
Really nice, reminds me of radiohead a little. Some lovely tracks: the bones of you/mirrorball/grounds for divorce are my favourite
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
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.
Really Cool vocals, and some awesome songs overall. Not always my style but overall great
Great and versatile album, loved "One day like this"
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.
How have I never heard of this band before now? A bit melodramatic overall butt obvious talent with some interesting song writing and arrangement
Myndi alveg hlusta á aftur. Minnti mig á Sigurrós
Enjoyed Grounds For Divorce & An Audience with the Pope & The Fix. Didn’t like Some Riot.
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
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
Intimate with shocks of sound that jolt your ear in the best way possible. Dynamics were great. Really well done overall.
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.
Absolutely love One Day Like This but the rest of the album isn’t quite enough to push it to full marks.
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.
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.
I love elbow.
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.
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
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.
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.
Brit pop but not Brit pop, interesting and cool
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.
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.
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
Rating: 7/10 Bests songs: Best of you
Really liked this one....good background music...bit of an old Depeche Mode slow song feel to much of the album
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.
Kind of a 3.5 stars for me, but it's a good listen
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.
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.
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.
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.
yes i agree this was some good stuff
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.
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!
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
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
Yummy yum yummy yum
Big ol cinematic rock
Not sure why I haven’t heard them before. Good listen.
Great and underrated.
Dark, complex, interesting and thoroughly solid from start to finish.
Great songs. Not a massive fan of his voice though if I’m bein critical.
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.
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.
Loved this when it came out and it's as spine tingly beautiful now as it was then.
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.
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 :,)
Alternative fuzzy sound
Chill. Reminds me of a lesser Coldplay
Not familiar with the artist but the album was okay.
Decent album, good songs here and there but not sure if it is enough to make me want to buy
Not bad. Kind of boring, songs sounds the same in a repetitive way. Single is by far the best track
Different style. I liked it.
Nice , couple of great tracks, grounds for divorce is my favourite on it. Stars off well but a big lull in the middle before ending well
- ok this is nice - everything everything but better songwriting maybe? - "grounds for divorce" and "audience with the pope" are a bit too late 00s alt radio rock - lots of cool sounds but idk how much i LOVE it - yeah second half zzz still cool sounds tho
Lovely textures. Was very much the kind of thing I wanted to hear in 2008! Loneliness of a Tower Crane Driver still stands out as a powerful song.
Good british alternative rock. Nothing amazing or revolutionary but a solid album nontheless.
Dramatic, Coldplay-esque which makes sense given the time period
Average at best
3.5 - I never knew the band before this. There's a lot to like here. Radiohead meets james bond meets peter gabriel. Favourite tunes: Starlings, Grounds for divorce, An audience with the pope, The fix, One day like this
small dick energy
It’s okay. Chamber pop. Maybe on another day it would hit me. Today isn’t that day.
Another British one I’d never heard of before. (That’s a recurring theme of this book) it’s pretty enjoyable in the moment but not something that screams to me or will likely get replay.
Good album. A little reminiscent of Coldplay or Radiohead - which is not a positive. But some good songs and great instrumentation.
Enjoyable. Grounds for Divorce is stellar and the rest of the album has good layers and atmosphere.
Ehh, okay I guess
Slight Coldplay vibe
This is very cold play esque. Mirrorball is a good, chill tune.
You can always count on this list to throw in a lesser known band from the UK. Feels like every week we get at least one or two. This album was billed as Pink Floyd meets Coldplay. I like both of those bands better. I did enjoy Mirrorball and Grounds for Divorce but the rest were un memorable. The album overall was nice to listen to in the background but I’m getting a little bummed at how many of these albums we need to listen to before we die just end up as background music. Album art reminds me of a more sophisticated cave drawing.
3, had it on my other one.
It's decent enough but I don't really get the awe for this one. Well known tracks are great, album tracks a bit samey.
Huh, Grounds for Divorce is one of the songs I didn’t like, along with the first song that was great until the BWAAAAA came in much louder than the rest of the song, which is a lingering complaint of a few of the songs. Overall, a pleasant surprise!
Sometimes it sounded like a more experimental coldplay. Other times it reminded me of dmb.
Ok, not one of my favourites of theirs.
Some good songs but quality is a bit inconsistent.
Hieman sekava kokonaisuus, oli rauhallista unimusiikkia, johon voisi kuvitella nukahtavansa ja sitten taas välillä jousilla ja kuorolla terästettyä voimapoppia. Lisäksi kaikkea näiden väliltä. Hittibiisi oli selkeästi grounds for divorce, jonka kohdalla mietin olisiko se ollut jossain nhl-konsolipelissä soindtrackilla. Wikipedian mukaan ei, mutta joissain muissa peleissä ja tv-sarjoissa kyllä.
Completed. Not bad, but it kinda sounds like something you put on the background while doing something else.
This guy beat Gotye across the Peter Gabriel knock off finish line. Grounds for Divorce is solid but I may be biased given the subject matter. Overall, I didn't hate it but I didn't love it.
Elbow were one of a handful of bands I listened to in college while trying to discover/google: "bands like Radiohead". Elbow, Doves, Editors, Starsailor (?) all were in the mix. All of them had beautiful tunes, big beautiful production, and modest British moodiness. I imagine they all loved OK Computer, but mostly Karma Police and probably skipped Electioneering. Too harsh. I think that's the part I need from Elbow. Something a bit risky or harsh to pierce through the thick moodiness of it all. Maybe that's what Muse tried to do for them. I don't really know what I'm talking about. Do you ever order way more mediocre Thai food than two people could reasonably fit in their bodies, and then one of you is full after a reasonable quantity, but you feel a compulsion to pound the remaining phad see ew, panang curry, and fried rice, until you can barely see through the sedative fish sauce haze? I'm very full right now. The Seldom Seen Kid is beautiful, drowsy, overstuffed, ambien. B
Weirdly good. Dinner music
art rockers led by a mancunian peter gabriel. I dug it and will probably explore other releases. grounds for divorce and one day like this are standouts.
3/5 it might have been interesting but...
Couple of great tracks, some lovely lyrics but bland and dull in parts too
Moments of great beauty offset with moments of pretentious meh.
Listenable but didn't really grab me. I thought I had never heard of them but did recognize the main single "one day like this" which is decent. It does really feel of an era; I was able to place the decade after hearing the first few bars.
There is nothing bad about this album, there just isn’t enough great tracks on it. For the most part it’s um, pleasant
Not bad. I've always been quite scornful of Elbow, as music for mental midgets. However, I must revise this opinion, if only slightly. There are some very beautiful songs on here, the standouts being "Grounds for Divorce" & "Weather to Fly". I also understand their USP more than I did before; LS Lowrys of indie pop. But I still don't really understand them headlining festivals or selling out stadiums.
I've know the 'hits' well but never listed to the whole album before now. The grandiosity works on some tracks but grates on others. There's something about his voice that I don't like, I think it's the forced sincerity. 4 really good songs.
Favourite Songs: The Bones of You & Grounds For Divorce
Bealte-esque...but not my thing.
Nice musically but an overall meh album for me. Too ambient and sleepy.
Very pleasant/pretty indie rock? Good production and instrumentation.
Bit dull. Not exceptional indie.
The album is better as a whole than the songs are by themself. The standout song grounds for divorce is good. The whole album is relatively seamless but it’s pretty good. Nothing exceptional. For a first time listen I enjoyed it. 7.4/10
Kaksi sanaa: geneerinen
diablo-escue rämpytystä, iha cool, 3,5/5
I'd give this 3.5 if I could, good tracks but not quite a 4
Not bad, but I was surprised how bored I was by a lot of this album.
Good voice to balance out the instrumentals. Pretty good in my opinion.
Listen to Radiohead much? My lord.
Lots of decent songs. Started out sounding like Sting. Some songs like Ground for Divorce fooled me into thinking I was listening in on another commercial. Despite the weak songs and the commercial tunes, the album is carried by the creative direction as well as strong tracks like Mirrorball and One Day Like This.
It’s clear a lot of craft and love has gone into this alt-pop award-winning album and there are plenty of luscious arrangements of swelling strings to emphasise to the listener just how emotional they should be feeling but for some reason this doesn’t touch you in the heart or grab you in the gut. The whole thing feels a little forced.
This album has an ethereal and expansive feel for the most part. While I enjoyed it, it started to drag very quickly. The use of electronic and orchestral elements was interesting. I feel like if this album had condensed itself a bit and tightened its focus it would've been a great album.
its just a bit meh. its got some big tracks on it, but then its got some drivel so it just averages out at the mean. saw them at a festival around the time this was out and they were pretty epic, though thats probably cos it was the sundown set and they had some sort of string quartet.
Gezapig is het woord.
Ik krijg een beetje een Sting gevoel. Ik vind het persoonlijk een beetje saaie muziek. Verder niks mis mee, dus kan prima op de achtergrond tijdens het werk. Soms wel leuke geluidjes, maar ik mis toch wat energie. ***
It started off smooth, some of its more energetic songs fell flat for me. It was able to save itself in the end, worth listening to but some of the middle tracks just didn’t reflect much.
Nice singing, strings and drum grooves
I really don't know how I never listened to this band before. It's exactly the kind of modern rock that I liked very much during my teenage years. I can see a mixture of "Imagine Dragons" and "The Killers" that I'm sure that was a real hype in 2008, however, this is my first experience with "Elbow". Well, even nothing makes sense, the album is just it. That kind of teenage alternative British rock that a lot of people (including me) loves for a period and forget when new songs and music types arrive in our lives.
Only has a few songs that were interesting to me despite the cleaver lyrics and lovely singing.
Interesting, but also forgettable.
Liked it. Easy listening. Different sound.
The singer reminds me so much of Peter Gabriel, but the whole sound is so much different. This was an enjoyable listen, but it didn't blow me away or anything.
Didn't exactly come together for me. The genre seemed muddled and musically and vocally, mostly didn't grab me. I liked the final bonus track on the version YT Music came up with best out of all of it.
I thought it was kinda spooky in a way and I liked it. It wasn’t the most intriguing album however I did enjoy it.
It was fine. Couple things I liked. Mostly forgettable.
Nice but boring at times.
Schönes Album, versetzt mich in leicht weihnachtliche Stimmung, haut mich aber auch nicht gerade um vor Emotionen. Bei der Geschichte vom Seldom Seen Kid vermute ich autobiographisches; ich war nämlich in Manchester auch schonmal in nem Loch in nem Boden und habe dort mit meinem selten gesehen Bruder getrunken. Und dieses Loch gehörte (Zufall? Ich glaube kaum!) Guy Garvey himself.
Every song blends together in a jumble of mediocrity. Sound, lyrics, and music were all neither good nor bad. Just a basic 3 star effort.
An interesting album, doesn't really sound doesn't like anything else I can think of. Does their style appeal to me? No not really but I can hear the quality in the songwriting and the playing, just not a style that appeals to me.
Overall fairly methodised. Kneels in comparison to others in the same genre, but I reckon it could grow on me
Was something different
This will be good to fall asleep to. They appear to be very earnest and take themselves very seriously.
rather liked it - just wish it was a bit more upbeat
Disappointed for it being a mercury award winner. Very slow without a lot of redeeming melodies. 2.5/5
To me, "The Seldom Seen Kid" is the crest of the wave: UK indie's commercial peak during the late '00s. After Elbow released their first album in 2001, they spent the next seven years slowly bubbling up from the underground to the surface. Suddenly, the stately "One Day Like This" burst onto the scene, the 21st century's answer to "Hey Jude" and all the Britpop singalongs it inspired, and eclipsed anything they did before or since. 50 years from now, anybody who doesn't know who Elbow were will just have to stick the TV on, switch over to a major sporting event or charity video and realise it's the guys who did the 'throw those curtains wide' song. Majestic as that song is, it isn't necessarily representative of the rest of "The Seldom Seen Kid". We get more orchestration, but more as embellishments than backbones. The album is propped up by ruminative piano lines, occasional bass synth, delicate drums (rim-shots a-plenty), and Guy Garvey's oh-so Mancunian vocals. It hinges on abrupt changes with dynamics: quiet to loud, gentle to titanic, vague to purposeful. The opening track "Starlings" exemplifies this by lulling the listener with some looped percussive synth, hushed wordless vocals and pensive piano... before a sharp burst of brass becomes a wake-up call into the album proper. It's a disarming effect and ensures everyone will be paying attention (annoyed or not). While some more of the anthemic cuts really work (the climax of "Loneliness of a Tower Crane Driver", for example), on the whole the tone of "Seldom Seen Kid" is over-reflective, bordering dangerously on navel gazing. "Weather to Fly" is a gorgeous exception, but elsewhere some heavy editing wouldn't have gone amiss. "Mirrorball" and "Some Riot" are too fluffy, getting lost in their own delicate haze. While bolstered with heavier instrumentation, "The Bones of You" is too plodding to ever really take off. As cliched as it may be to say so, the popular ones here are the best for me. "Grounds for Divorce" is so unlike anything else on the record that it stands out be default: upbeat, pithy, killer riff... it's single-ready. And "One Day Like This", while ubiquitous for the best part of five years on British TV, is a modern classic: an anthem that is swept away by its own simplicity, those glorious octave strings. It's such a crowning achievement that it feels bizarre not to close the whole album: "Friend of Ours" is so lacklustre and stuck in its predecessor's shadow that I had to check it wasn't a bonus track. I enjoyed a lot of the material here and it may improve on further listens, but it's just too uneven to put any higher. A bit more focus and less haze- or maybe just a different state of mind- would help me enjoy it much more.
A couple of strong songs, lots of attention to detail (album sounds great!) but not so many hooks - i bought the album at the time but was never really able to get into it. Art rock with not enough pop.
This album was better than I was expecting from the objectively awful band name. There's some pretty but melancholy indie here. My top pick is 'Grounds For Divorce' - great gritty lyrics and riffs!
Very ordinary, nothing bad, nothing that really grabbed me
Most songs feel like they never start. Even the lead singer sounds unenthusiastic about the music.
3.5 - decent listen of alternative epicness. Strong notes of Blur. Fun but won’t be returning soon.
Never been Into elbow, so went into this expecting this to be a 2, but actually enjoyed this. Not sure if it’s one I’ll come back to, but deserves a 3.
New one for me. I've heard of Elbow, but if you wanted a Peter Gabriel Radiohead/Coldplay cover band, this is them. The sound is etherial and makes good background filler with the concession that this one hour album feels like four. 3.5/5.
Middle strange sound
Pretty good, if unspectacular.
Alright, every song was a bit too long
Nice music that's often even better than its Coldplay template, but is never excellent.
Very hot or miss but it had its moments
This usually isn’t my thing at all, but I got into it alright. It hits the right level of bombast and has some solid production, but I can also see myself never listening to it again, idk C
Initially, I was pretty taken with this. First few songs were great. I found myself gettin bored by the end, however :( A lot of the singles stand on their own, but I'm not in love with it as an album. It tended to be a bit same-y. 3/5
Post-Radiohead indie rock. Some of the instrumentation is pleasant.
This is the fourth album from the English alternative rock band Elbow. It has a great assortment of "easy-listening" tracks. The album received a lot of praise at release and has kept a steady hold on this popularity over the years. Not my most favorite type of music, but this album was interesting to listen to. This is because it has pretty songs with a good amount of flair, since the album uses dynamic range of sound to give the instruments more depth and oomph. I might have to circle back to this album in the future and give it another listen.
This was good - the two songs I knew before (One Day Like This and Grounds for Divorce) are really, really good, and the rest of the album is pleasant to listen to. Not mind-blowing by any stretch of the imagination, but a comfortable three out of five.
about a year after the tremendous In Rainbows from Radiohead, we see the impact with beautiful dynamics and subtle guitars shifting the landscape of indie and alt rock as we know it. It's sounds like these that move me, leave me yearning for more. This album, however, represents an important aspect to that sound: structure. Where Radiohead expertly crafts an album of highs and lows in it's tracklisting on In Rainbows, The Seldom Seen Kid loses me pretty early on before grabbing me again on the final track. I think this is a good album with the potential to be a great one, it would just need some reworking to get it really right.
good and honest
There are two brilliant songs in here but the rest were just okay.
Músicas interessantes, especialmente o instrumental.
A lesser Coldplay
some cool soundscapes and nice production. most of the songs drag on though. highlights: the bones of you grounds for divorce the fix one day like this
This seems fine. I don't believe I've ever heard of these folks. Or if I did I just assumed someone was talking about a body part.
4. raita oli hyvä. Muutoin muistutti Coldplayn välttävän tason biisejä
Erilainen versio Coldpalystä. Ei jatkoon.
Liked the start, but it became a weirdly more British Coldplay and black keys. Not my favorite
I think Grounds for Divorce and One Day Like This made a splash upon release with synchs. Elbow are not a favorite.
Like if Radiohead and Coldplay had a failson.
Its ok. Nothing new to me.
Vollkommen generische Musik einer Band in derartiger Besetzung. Meist belanglos und uninspiriert. Hat gelegentlich ihre Momente, ansonsten leider langweilig. Ich verspürte nach dem letzten regulären Song der Platte eine tiefe Unlust, auch nur einen der Bonus-Tracks zu hören.
Another band I heard of, but never listened to. Honestly musically they are good, some interesting progressions/melodies. However, thematically it completely falls flat for me. Most it sounds too "happy" for a sour old bastard like me, and the lyrics are seemingly one-dimensional in their focus on relationship woes. Also is very "produced" sounding and I like a little bit of rough edges, or at least something a little off. I can respect it, but not for me.
Opzich wel fijn om naar te luisteren maar niet mijn smaak qua rock
Not really my thing.
I like the music more than the lyrics. He sounds like the whiniest version of Thom York on OK Computer. Good soundtrack to a grey day - I enjoy the scale. Orchestral elements. Drums that sound like they were recorded in a big empty room. Unfortunately it gets a little droney and monotonous... which starts to feel like self importance as the album progresses. And homie don't play that. I like Grounds For Divorce. Most of the other songs kind of just run into each other.
Nice sounds. Seal-like.
I know that I would hate most artists/bands if I met them, but I would fucking hate these guys if I ever met them. This is Coldplay, just gayer. If Radiohead did soft rock, this would be it. It comes off as pretentious and fake. This is one of those bands that talks about drinking and fighting, but consists of sober pacifists. Wilco has a song or two on each album that I skip. This album is all of those songs.
Random alt-rock record, with some cool textures and a couple of good songs
I can hear like a lot of effort went into making it sound good but none of the songs do anything for me.
Felt like it dragged on for a very long time. Production quality seemed great but just not for me.
I'm not the biggest fan of that sounding voice. Classic indie pop.
Mest konstigt, inte riktigt min grej känns lite Tim Burton-film aktigt... om man kunde ge 2,5 skulle det bli, jag väger mellan 2 o 3, vi får se..
Conhecia Grounds for Divorce ja, maneira, mas o resto foi meh
The first thing I noticed about The Seldom Seen Kid is that the textures of the songs are interesting and thought out with an impressive level of detail. For example, opener Starlings starts with a marimba like figure backed by echoey, percussive bass and swampy harmonies. There's plenty of space in the arrangement. There are spare keyboard figures, punctuated by harsh digital horn section stabs. This is all in the service of a song structure that is simplicity itself, oscillating between two chords a tone apart. Over that is a conventional melody. Not much there, but at least it sounds different. Okay. The 2nd song has a similarly simple song structure and melody, but entirely different musical textures. There's a clattering beat box rhythm paired with strummed guitar and fuzzed out bass, along with harmonies similar to the first song. Now and then distorted layers of guitars join in. By now, Elbow's modus operandi is clear. The songs themselves on The Seldom Seen are simple, even simpleminded, but the textures are anything but. The simplicity of the songs makes them accessible, but the production makes the music seem more profound than it actually is. In a way, this is ideal music for public spaces like a restaurant or a clothing store, because it doesn't really require close listening. You can just let the waves of sound wash over you. But for me, there is just too much good music around to seek out stuff that is only interesting on the level of texture, and even then, it's not radical, the way something like Here Comes The Warm Jets is.
Definitely a different artist..... Friend of ours & We’re Away my favorites..
Pretty meh. "I've been working on a cocktail called grounds for divorce" has to be the worst lyric in this project so far. Best track: One Day Like This
I’m finding that I’m just not into art rock. When the songs have structure and melody on this album they’re really good but this seems to be the exception rather than the rule. Too many long, quiet, and droning songs for me to come back to this one regularly.
Boring? I just don’t get why this one is on the list. Quite possible it’s just the hard rocker in me.
Like Grounds for Divorce. Rest of the album is pretty bad
Drums too soft until they’re the boot stomp/chain type beat
didn't like it, pretty boring
Light alt rock, calming, melodic 5/10
It was okay.
Eh. The music’s cool but the singer sounds like he’s trying to channel Thom Yorke, Morrissey, and Chris Martin simultaneously and not in a compelling way. Blah.
quite boring. I guess you need to be in the right mood.
Mid, tf is it doing on this list.
Nagging vocals get lost in ethereal instrumentals to make this LP end up a repetitive yet forgettable mess.
I had never heard of the band prior to being given the album to listen to. I found nothing wrong with the music, but I also could not understand why this album was one out of a 1,001 albums that I needed to listen to before I die. I have no care if I ever listen again.
Very forgettable. Cant remember a single song or even melody
First album of this project that I could not finish. I feel like there was a good album here somewhere, but wherever it was it wasn’t for me.
Very bland. I had problems getting used to the singers voice.
Slow and dull. Not for me. But I did play it all the way through, so I guess it didn’t bug me that much
No idea what to expect. Pleasant enough. British. Reminds me of some other bands I don't like. Nice enough as background music but I'm confident none of it will stick in my head past the end of the album, although I did heart "one day like this".
Ganz passend in VW-Werbespots und Jahresrückblick-Montagen oder bei WDR2 Hörerschaft, die darunter „ernsthafte Musik“ versteht. Ich buchstabiere „hypnotisch“ oder „Dream Pop“ ganz anders und wollen Elbow mich umerziehen, muss aber noch eine Sackladung Trockeneis in die Maschine. Ich sehe Ähnlichkeit zu The Dears „No Cities Left“, die aber doch ordentlich mehr Eskalationspotenzial über Albumlänge aus Reisetaschen schütteten. 2.2
Some good tracks - an album worth exploring but doesn’t feel like one of the greats
Never heard of this band. After listening to the album it makes sense. Nothing excites me about this.
After the first listen I thought it sounded interesting. There was a lot going on in the musical arrangement, so worth another listen. During the second listen I realised how sleep-inducing and cringingly pretentious it really was. I understand many others will like this a lot, but I'm just not buying it.
I'm sorry I just can't seem to get on board with Elbow, they are really dull to one. One Day Like This is a banger for sure but I don't like the rest. The Fix was grating.
‘Guy Garvey has said: "I grew up listening to every Genesis record. I learned to write harmonies by listening to Peter Gabriel.”’ Still sound like cack though, mate. Music for people who don’t like music.
Never heard of this before, but guessing UK?. aaaand yep, some whiny Coldplay/Radiohead ripoff affair. Fuck off hey, wuss rock shit. 2/5.
Didn' find anything remarkable or that stood out on this album personally.
I am in a bad anxiety filled mood today & while this is soothing so should have helped it had the opposite effect. It really just pissed me off how it sounds like every other gd band. Maybe will try again someday in a better more objective mood (or not).
Saved by the singles
No just no
Not bad, but not good. It was super forgettable to be honest.
Overall fairly boring and at time way too whiney.
Music for car commercials
It's not bad but it's not the kind of music I like.
Yay I am soooo deep ... Not
Liked Hotel Istanbul & Weather to Fly. But not me cup of tea, me lady.
Such a 'try hard' album, almost like Garvey is doing a parody of the pretentious singer songwriter but the sad thing is that he's genuine.
Good band and also the most boring band in the world.
Hate that voice and the dreary sound.
Wyspy kolejny raz pokazuja, ze lista wcale nie jest baisowana, the seldon seen kid to czwarty album bandy zwanej elbow, czy to kenganowa referencja, plyta z roklu 2k08 co czyni ja dosc nowozytna pozycja jak na standardy listy, gatunkowo bedzie to rock, ten artystyczny szukajacy na siebie pomyslu, a powielajacy tylko oklepane schematy i pakuje je dla sluchacza o wysublimowanym guscie muzycznym, ktory byle czego nie tyka, do wlasnie takiego gatunku zaliczylbym te plyte, nie slucha sie tego tragicznie, ale zostawia posmak, ze brak tu jakiegos osobistego pierwiastka, bo calosc sprowadza sie do tego ze 5 osobowa banda gra w cieniu poteznego smyczkowania, bo wlasnie trak wypchany do granic mozliwosc brzmieniem muzykow sesyjnych i zabijajacy sama bande byl dla mnie hajlajtem, czyli przedostatni kawalek one day like this, ktory laduje na plejce, natomiast reszta plyty niczym nie dosc, ze nie zaskakuje, to nawet nie przyciaga uwagi, nudny i smetny krazek, no i jeszcze te wokale lidera pana Guya, ktory byl rowniez odpowiedzialny za liryke plyty, to dowod na to, ze po wokalu mozna zwizualizowac jak wyglada artysta z ktorego sie on wydobywa, dodatkowo jeszcze trafic z imieniem, bo Guy brzmi prawie tak typowo jak wokal tego pana, brak w nim czegos na czym mozna sie zatrzymac i po mnie wrecz splywa, prawie jak wolne fragmenty pana z imaginowych dragonow podobny typ spiewu
I'd only heard "One day like this" before, and I have to say that I think that song is an updated version of The Verve's Bittersweet Symphony - that is a wrist-slitting dirge with absolutely nothing to redeem it. I put my preconceptions to one side and listened to this, and was actually surprised to find out that some of the tracks on this album have some slight merit. I mean, I don't like any of it. But I can tell that there's some good production and musicianship in evidence. "One day like this" remains an appalling stain on the musical landscape, and for that alone this album gets 1 start. Unforgivable.
Ehhhhhhhhhhhh. This is exactly the kind of middling rock that I just cannot jibe with. The arrangements are nice, the instrumentation is tasteful, but I wish it had some guts or bite somewhere, this is just post-trope-ified coffee shop rock, an elevated(?) Coldplay (gross). 1.5
Found it slow, probably requires more than one listen