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Asleep in the Back [Original recording reissued]

elbow Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 July 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B00005UUQO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,251 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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ELBOW Asleep In The Back (2002 UK 12-track CD album featuring their debut studio album which includes the singles Red Powder Blue Newborn Asleep In The Back and Coming Second with the picture / lyric booklet inlay! VVR1019012)

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70 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing 6 Nov 2002
Format:Audio CD
Disturbing, but not in a bad way! This is one of my favourite albums of 2001. At times Guy Garvey sings like Peter Gabriel, at others the record has echoes of Bowie or Japan. These are influences, you understand, not copied motifs.
The softness of the music hides an unsettling edge. This isn't merely another album of melancholic northern music, this is an album that doesn't quite let you lie back on the sofa and drift. It doesn't quite let you use it as musical wallpaper. There's something deeper there that keeps you on your toes, waiting.
I bought it because I like bands like Doves and artists like Badly Drawn Boy. Elbow are somehow different. If Doves are your mate, Elbow are like their more intense older brother - the one you're a little bit scared of but you want to be liked by. You know they're related, but somewhere the gene pool got whisked around a bit.
This album makes me think of wrapping up in a big thick jumper, sitting on a beach by a fire, talking to someone who has big ideas and the ability to make you dream on the same scale.
The addition of Asleep In The Back on the updated version is a blessing. If you have been tempted by either Newborn or Asleep In The Back, take the plunge and buy this album. You will thank yourself for the rest of your life.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Debut of the highest quality 30 Nov 2002
Format:Audio CD
"Any day now, How's about getting out of this place? Anyways, Got a lot of spare time, Some of my youth, And all of my senses on overdrive" So goes the incredibly addictive refrain of Asleep in the Back's opening track Any Day Now. Yes, it's proggy and more than a little murky, but as with all the songs on this album, the longing heart shines through. This must in main be put down to Guy Garvey's superlative voice. Quite simply no-one can currently match him. Avoiding the histrionics of Starsailor's James Walsh, his voice is never less than warm and inviting, whatever he's singing, even the naked opening lines to Newborn, the album's highlight: "I'll be the corpse in your bathtub, Useless".
The contribution by Garvey's fellow musicians can not be understated. Whereas most bands now rip open the Beatles songbook for a riff, randomly hit the top string of the bass, and feel they have a song, Elbow carefully construct layered masterpieces. Nothing is out of place. The counterpoint backing melodies are superb. Pretty, picked acoustic guitars form the background to every song. Jupp's drumming is nothing less than a revelation. This is pretensionless prog, which before now seemed something of a contradiction in terms.
Comparisons with Radiohead are frankly bizarre. Kid A is the only thing that comes remotely close to it. And even then, Kid A is mostly harsh, often alienating music, far from the tender beauty of Elbow. On the quieter songs Elbow sound like a slightly more inventive Coldplay, which is a complement that serves them no justice whatsoever. The singles in Britain were impeccably chosen: Red, the gorgeous Powder Blue (complete with sad, lonely saxophone) and Newborn are the most accessible songs on the album, and highlight the power and fragility which colours all of this work.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wake Up to 'Asleep in the Back' 26 Sep 2001
Format:Audio CD
Run through with desperate beauty and dark, haunting imagination, this album stands head and shoulders above nearly everything I've heard in the last three years or so.
This album is no bag of laughs: effortlessly alternating menace with melancholy, it has an artful sense of hopelessness. Sad and beautiful vocals are hung out to dry against a backdrop of expansive piano and string chords, undercooked, trippy snare & cymbal beats, and all manner of other subtle musical curios and unflinching Hammond organ. There are voices from the shadows (or, perhaps, from the dark recesses of your mind) giving way to sharp, low-fi bursts of punky guitar, and desperate mantras set to thrumming and mildly industrial rhythms.
Garvey has a beautiful singing voice, like that of a lost soul or a fallen angel, and is brilliantly supported by the rest of the band, whose mastery of their craft is evident throughout. Though there are plenty of other good bands out there, what sets Elbow apart is their inspired, dark inventiveness and musical vision. Where The Bends, Blue Lines and Dummy set the standards for the 90s, Asleep in the Back has done the same for our present decade.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A dark yet blissful masterpiece. 9 April 2004
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Format:Audio CD
New to Elbow, I bought this album after reading the good reviews on Amazon. I was not disappointed.
Garvey's haunting voice & intelligent lyrics fusing with the dark baselines & haunting, yet blissful, melodies let the listener melt in melancholic bliss.
Like their comparatives: Radiohead - the production is outstanding. Elbow don't settle for a drum beat guitar & a vocal. Open your ears & let in the weird & wonderful sounds which brood away in the background.
Asleep in the back, like all good albums, takes a few listens to fully appreciate. The tone at first seems dark. However after a few listens it all starts to make sense. After more listening I found myself sitting back in ecstatic bliss.
I'm unwilling to name outstanding tracks, because to fully appreciate Asleep in the back, you need to listen from start to finish. All the tracks are beautiful.
If you like intelligent, edgy & thought provoking music - buy this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
I am so happy that I got this album. I've listened to it several times and the songs just keep sounding better and better on each listen. Great buy!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great
as with all Elbow albums great and nice to hear some of the older stuff look forward to there next one
Published 11 months ago by A CULLWICK
5.0 out of 5 stars He's my sort of Guy
Genius. the whole band are genius.
More please.
Real proper grown up music for thse of us who actually listen
Published 19 months ago by 3turn
5.0 out of 5 stars a good addition
An excellent addition to my growing library BBC of Elbows music, subtlety different from the more well known albums but still very good.
Published 20 months ago by Bug Man
5.0 out of 5 stars sheer briliance
after buying seldom seen kid and build a rocket boys i decided to buy asleep in the back, knowing this is there debut album wasnt expecting it to be as good as the other 2 , how... Read more
Published on 22 Nov 2011 by dogsy
3.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT
An early album which isn't one of their best, but it is pleasing if you like Elbow. The songs are good and the quality is great. They are a brilliant band.
Published on 19 July 2011 by Moonshine.
4.0 out of 5 stars Fathers Day ...
Purchased this along with another Elbow album as a Father's Day present - arrived in good time and me Dad was well chuffed.
Published on 15 July 2011 by MumO2
5.0 out of 5 stars Still an Outstanding, Meaningful Debut Years After Release
Shortly after the release (and purchase) of the Seldom Seen Kid I found myself looking at the back-catalogue of Elbow albums, working my way backwards until I got to this album,... Read more
Published on 4 April 2011 by Angus
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