Elbow – build a rocket boys!

January 01, 1970





For their fifth
album Elbow has returned with more subdued, but equally beautiful, sounds than
on their acclaimed fourth release The Seldom
Seen Kid
. build a rocket boys! is
a calm record with several tracks reveling in bewitchingly sparse moments.
“Jesus is a Rochdale Girl,” “Lippy Kids,” and “The Night Will Always Win” all
rely on few instruments (acoustic guitar, piano/keyboards) and prominently
display Guy Garvey’s genteel yet powerful vocals.


Though build a rocket boys! may be a tranquil
affair Elbow has not neglected to include uptempo songs whose pulsations
ensnare you. From the delicate, plucky “With Love,” to the grand, charging
sounds of “Neat Little Rows” and “Open Arms,” the music is persistently
impressive; and, as are the lyrics as Garvey strings together words in
beautiful form. In closer “Dear Friends” Garvey sings about the indelible
impression those dear to him have made and he eloquently closes with the line “And
you are the stars I navigate home by.”


Elbow’s sound
has progressed from the emotive, dark days of debut Asleep in the Back; build a
rocket boys!
is further proof that these seasoned musicians continually evolve
as they continually deliver quality albums.


DOWNLOAD: “With Love,” “High Ideals” APRIL S.

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