- Audio CD (March 8 2011)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Universal Music Canada
- ASIN: B004H0N4PC
- Other Editions: Audio CD | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,411 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Build A Rocket Boys!
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2011 album from the Manchester-based Indie Rock quintet, the follow-up to their Mercury Prize winning 2008 album The Seldom Seen Kid. As on their highly-successful predecessor, the band chose to self produce the record in their hometown. While the lyrics are strongly influenced by singer Guy Garvey's childhood. Elbow's sound is as bold and grand as it has ever been. Includes the single 'Neat Little Rows'. Universal.
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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.
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I decided to get the previous two albums of Elbow after listenin to this album. Both are fantastic. Each has a collection of songs that will haunt fans of this type of music. Looking forward to working backwards to the first two albums and can't wait to see what they'll come up with next.
Elbow is a big success in England. I only hope more Americans will discover this intelligent, imaginative band.
The sonorous soundscape on Elbow's song calls to mind the riot of sounds that might punctuate a summer's eve, all manner of insects, birds, incidental and background noises that come together in a dense layer of sound with its own rhythm and pulse.
Elbow has always been articulate, both lyrically and musically, and preserves that heritage on latest CD. If there is anything missing, for me, it would be a bit more firepower and grit here and there. Elbow can rock with the best of them, and unleashing its famous restraint a bit more would not be a bad thing in my opinion.
Be it tales of youth or a call for the friends of youth to come together again, there is much baring of soul and beating of chest, but all done with the lightest and sweetest of touches.
Except when it's a punch in the face.
Elbow excel at mixing apparently simple rhythms and repetitive lyrics to produce songs of massive complexity and meaning. Even the duff ones make you think and there are precious few of those.
Not an instantly likeable or hummable record, but the very definition of a haunting one that after a few initial plays will call back to you like the memory of a younger you.
Lyrically, it's another masterpiece. I think some of the greatest lyrics ever by Garvey and some of the greatest lyrics ever period. Really the lyrics are what brings this album into the upper echelon of music.
I'd really give it a 4.5 out of 5 stars, and that's just comparing it to Elbow's other work. If this were to go against the pop music of today it would be an 11 out of 5 stars. I'm sure I'll be listening forever.
UPDATE: After listening to this multiple more times, it has grown on me and I am increasing it's score to a 5 out of 5. Still not the biggest fan of "The Birds (Reprise)" but it's the only lacking track on the album, and the rest is pure musical and lyrical genius. A great-follow up to their last success. Every album has it's own flavor, and this one's just took a little getting used to.