on March 25, 2011
Its rare for a 21st Century band to do what Elbow does everytime they release a new record - write a collective work. Yes they release singles, its expected by the record company, but Guy Garvey and the boys from Bury, England would be much happier letting the enitre piece as one speak for itself. Seldom Seen Kid was an album that gave them their first real tatse of radio airplay and attention after three previous records and tweny years of hard work.
Build a Rocket Boys for those new fans who've jumped onboard hoping for a Kids sequel will be disappointed, for fans who've been around since the days of Asleep in the Back they will view this as another Elbow masterpiece. This album is as honest and as stripped down as they've ever been soundwise - The Stops from the Leaders album wouldn't sound out of place here.
There are no hit singles on this album at all, Neat Little Boys the first release wil not grab the headlines that other songs on the radio do, but that's the genius and the point of this band. From the opening chords of the The Birds (an eight minute opus)to the last droplets of Dear Friends they blend and weave a poetic tale that makes you close you eyes and feel like you're being taken on a northern journey.