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Asleep In The Back

19 Feb 2014 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Label: Polydor Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 2002 V2 Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 1:01:37
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  • ASIN: B003VPR6BC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,257 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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70 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 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 By D McNicoll on 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 By musicreviewer@thedespondent.com on 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 By A Customer on 9 April 2004
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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