Elbow – Build A Rocket Boys – Album Review

The latest album from Elbow, Build A Rocket Boys! is a stripped back affair compared to The Seldom Seen Kid. It does not have big songs from previous albums like Grounds For Divorce (Neat Little Rows comes close),  but hang in there for a couple more listens and you will get pass that.  The Birds is a 8 minute gem that takes time to evolve and build up. Lippy Kids pulls on your heartstrings, reminiscing on childhood. Open Arms sounds like A Day Like This pt. 2 possibly to emulate the success of that song. The main thing that stands out in the quieter setting is the voice of Guy Garvey who’s sounding a lot like Peter Gabriel, which is effective in songs like Jesus Is A Rochdale Girl, Dear Friends, and of course Lippy Kids.

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