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Build A Rocket Boys! [CD]

elbow Audio CD
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As they release their sixth studio album, The Take Off and Landing of Everything, it is fair to say that elbow are in a rare position within the music world. Few bands can lay claim to a career that encompasses over twenty years. Even fewer can make that claim without changes to personnel, and, yet, elbow in 2014 are the same as elbow in 1992: Guy Garvey on vocals, Mark Potter on guitar, Pete ... Read more in Amazon's elbow Store

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  • Audio CD (7 Mar 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Fiction
  • ASIN: B004H0N4PC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 180 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

Everyone relax; this is not the album where sudden acclaim goes to Guy Garvey’s head. There are no songs about touring, pressure, intrusive journalists or settling old scores. The band have not taken the long-deserved, but still surprising success of The Seldom Seen Kid as a mandate for startling sonic reinvention, nor have they crafted 12 identikit stadium anthems in the vein of One Day Like This, so that TV editors will have fresh stock from which to make programme trails.

There isn’t even a palpable air of triumph to proceedings; no more so than usual, anyway. Elbow are a classier act that that. They do what they’ve always done: construct billowing repetitive structures out of tightly-controlled ideas – twisty guitars, razor-bass, clockwork piano, shakes and rattles and finger-clicks – and then invite a bearlike man with a helium roar to fill them with his scuffed and maudlin love letters.

In Dear Friends he sings, to the people who know him best, "You are angels and drunks, you are magi." In The Night Will Always Win, he howls "I miss your stupid face, I miss your bad advice," like a bad husband locked out of his own home. With Love is blessed with the drunkard’s lament, "I’d give my liver to see you."

It’s a strong cocktail, one part roguish charm and three disarmingly honest love: love of chaotic nature (The Birds), love of chaotic teenagers (Lippy Kids), love of chaotic love. The correct response, after even one sip, is to swoon.

They do get away with murder, mind. Who else could sell a bombastic chorus like "We’ve got open arms for broken hearts" – delivered with the show-stopping support of the Hallé Youth Choir, no less – without causing an immediate call for a polygraph and a sick bag? Bono? Nope. Chris Martin? Maybe a year or two ago. Richard Ashcroft? Not in those shades.

The fact is, the reason that people love Elbow so much – beyond their astonishing musical abilities – is they make music that sounds like it cares how you are. No amount of media hoo-hah is going to change that.

--Fraser McAlpine

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Build a Rocket Boys! is Elbow's fifth studio album and includes the singles "Lippy Kids" and "Neat Little Rows".

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Elbow - The people's band 7 Mar 2011
Format:Audio CD
For the first time in their long career Elbow release an album as one of the mainstays of British music as opposed to a perennial aspiring contender. Its easy to forget that prior to the "Seldom Seen Kid" their album sales would not have been sufficient to fill a large Bury pub as opposed to a football stadium. Ok this is an exaggeration but in every sense Seldom Seen Kid was a game changer for a band who had looked like they might drift out music lauded with critical praise but lacking mass popular acclaim.

On this fifth album they quietly and confidentially produce a record, which shows a band comfortable in its own skin. It does have some echoes of their best album "Leaders of the Free World" which was packed with big songs and thoughtful ballads, which took a while to register with music lovers, but once they got it they were locked into the Elbow "cell" with the key thrown away. There was little chance of the band producing Seldom Seen Kid 2 not least since Guy Garvey has admitted that the lead up to the album consciously felt "like a last-chance effort last time," and as a result they threw in everything and the kitchen sink. Pressure comes in different forms and follow ups can be equally tricky but on "Build a rocket boys" Elbow have succeeded and more.

All Elbow albums can take months to digest and on the first listens the overwhelming impression is of a slow burn. From there on the songs reveal themselves and even at this early stage if Elbow were to release a Greatest Hits album tomorrow at least four of the songs on here would be shoe in's.
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88 of 98 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 7 Mar 2011
Format:Audio CD
The Seldom seen kid (released in early 2008) elevated Elbow from little known Bury band to Mercury Winning - stadium filling stars. Build a rocket boys! has been several years in the making and I was fortunate enough to have my copy drop through my letterbox several days before release so have managed several listens already. I have to say at this point that It takes me several listens to really appreciate Elbow songs and this album has seen no change. Songs such as Lippy kids have been widely promoted and this track is likely to be more of the band that most people know and love. However further listens show that Elbow know this terrain well, there are slow building songs here that are layered and complex and will take repeated listens to enjoy. The subjects of youth, love, loss and death are all here and Guy Garvey does a wonderful job of injecting so much emotion into his songs with what appears to be such ease. Nowhere else in the album is this so true than in The River a stripped back song of raw emotion that is simply beautiful. There is no change in direction here from Elbow, something that i think they should be highly commended for, they do here what they did so well on the TSSK. An album that propelled them to such a wider audience that there must have been both persuasion and temptation for them to write anthemic stadium songs - the closest that BARB! has is Neat little rows.
This album looks set to follow in the footsteps of TSSK with real pride and that in itself is a real achievement for Elbow to be proud of - and one that we will be enjoying for quite some time to come.
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By simonh
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
My CD collection numbers enough to start my own store ... this CD from Elbow has flown in to my top 100 and is likely to hit the top 50 at some time. Their live performances are a dream ... Elbow aren't a band, they are an experience, a performance and very, very wonderful !
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4.0 out of 5 stars Elbow. 25 Mar 2011
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When the highs are high and so are the lows you know you're listening to something special. Elbows highs are as lofty as any one else's this year, perhaps PJ Harvey wrote stronger material, perhaps Wild Beasts recorded the best song this year, but no-one comes close to the warm thoughtfulness that emanates from our metaphorical pillow, Guy Garvey; `Lippy Kids' for instance is almost choking in its beauty.

The aforementioned `high lows' are the masses pandering 'Open Arms' with its rather forced crescendo, and the odd Caribbean, complete with choir, sound of 'With Love'. The former is particularly out of place sandwiched between the simple, stripped back, 'The River' and 'The Birds (Reprise)' but as has already been suggested these songs are still strong, they are still quality pieces of music and deserve your attention. Perhaps one critique that could be levelled at Elbow is their lack of guile, their apparent desire to retain this rather un-ambitious equilibrium, this would perhaps seem a harsh observation considering their ability to move the listener but it is something worth mentioning.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not One of Their Seminal Works! 24 July 2011
By Clicker
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Elbow are one of those bands who manage to get under your skin in a very subtle and sub-conscious manner. That was certainly the case with their previous album "The Seldom Seen Kid" which was like a fantastic novel - you could not put it down.

Sadly, this album is OK but lacks instant grab of previous albums. There is no one track that makes you want to click the replay button. Die hard Elbow fans will love it come what may but this is not one of their seminal works.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Elbow.
A brilliant album once again from Elbow. One of there best albums to date with brilliant vocals and musicians. A class act.
Published 8 days ago by A. A. Robertson
5.0 out of 5 stars Late Arrival
Whoops, namechecked ABBA there! Like the Swedish eurohits, Elbow's music is destined to become the sound of a generation, a comfortable pair of loafers you take out when you are... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Carl Hubbard
4.0 out of 5 stars it's a grower
for me not as good as previous albums. But some good tracks and I think it's a grower..the title track sticks in your head!
Published 2 months ago by Dibble101
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Elbow CD ever
I have been a fan of Elbow for a long time and feel that his is the best CD they have ever done.
Published 2 months ago by shedevil
4.0 out of 5 stars anthemic sound
very choral feel to the album. worth 4 stars for the excellent mix of lyrics and music. bit too much like church music to go the whole 5 stars
Published 4 months ago by Peter C
5.0 out of 5 stars Elbow Build a rocket Boys
Excellent album. Typical of Elbow to bring out something profound and so well produced.

Keep up the good work fellas
Published 4 months ago by Mr. R. K. Chivers
3.0 out of 5 stars Elbow
I'm a fan of Elbow but not hugely. I saw Elbow at the Isle of Wight Festival and they were very good but I probably won't go out of my way to buy more of their CDs.
Published 5 months ago by jane grace
5.0 out of 5 stars lp
This item was bought as gift the new owner is very happy. Recommend listing to vinyl. Nothing like the sound.
Published 5 months ago by shoppaholic
4.0 out of 5 stars Elbow
I went to see the tour for this and it was great. I like Elbow. I want it known that I liked them before Seldom Seen Kid came out as well. Asleep in the back is fantastic.
Published 7 months ago by Spen
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent CD
Got a few Elbow CD's and I must admit this is probably my favourite
Easy listening, good songs. Played on a loop in the car for weeks and still not bored.
Published 7 months ago by BN
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