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Cast of Thousands [VINYL]

elbow Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (18 Aug 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: V2
  • ASIN: B0000ADMFH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,175,889 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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An astonishingly intense and ambitious album, Elbow's Cast of Thousands is relentlessly experimental. Having toiled for 10 years over their spellbinding Mercury-nominated debut Asleep in the Back, the maverick Bury five-piece--who were initially hailed as the new Radiohead--have produced a worthy sequel in a comparatively short two years. While mirroring their debut's melancholy tone, this album's romantic lyricism and uplifting harmonies inject a fresh dynamic.

From the first bar, Cast of Thousands is enthralling. "Ribcage", an exquisite rousing treasure, builds on a languorous and fragmented melody into a cohesive climax while Garvey listlessly intones (with a flat mic taped to his larynx) the charming mantra, "When the sunshine/ throwing me a lifeline/ finds its way in to my room/ all I need is you". Meanwhile The London Community Gospel choir's spiralling harmonies echo Blur's "Tender" in its lo-fi, mellifluous majesty. But the majority of the album is far less grandiose with the haunting "Snooks (Progress Report)" and "I've Got Your Number" bristling with an unnerving intimacy and brooding dialogue. It's an enchanting return that finds Elbow stretching from despair to lovelorn tenderness. --Christopher Barrett

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving Rock But Probably Not Everyone's Bag 3 Aug 2005
Format:Audio CD
It'd been my experience that the more you listen to Elbow, the better they get. When I was given their first album Asleep In The Back, I just had it on in the background while I read a book. Didn't really think too much about it considering how much my flatmate hyped them up. I liked the first track alright but it didn't throw me out of the chair. A week later I listened to it again but this time I really listened to it. "Hey! This is pretty good," I thought and listened to it twice more that day. I liked it more each time. The new album is made the same way. The first time I listened to it I didn't think it was as good as their first. Then I listened to it again and again and so will you.
It sounds a bit more polished than Asleep but is just as moving and it's a bit more psychedelic but just as powerful. Although Elbow sounds relatively familiar, they have a fairly timeless sound, not borrowing too heavily from any one decade's influences. While the first album tended to have a few more all out rock moments, Cast Of Thousands sees Garvey and company matured to a more composed and collected form. Their power lies in their simplicity...but it's pretty much pointless to try to fully explain the movement of Elbow. Their work just needs to be felt. Imagine that! Feelings still exist some 20 years after Satan launched his own channel, MTV. In the words of the Glastonbury 2002 crown at the end of "Grace Under Pressure," an amazingly moving song, "we still believe in love so f**k you!"
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh my gosh! 22 Mar 2004
Format:Audio CD
The only thing that springs to mind is how amazing this album is.
With a similer feel to Placebo, Radiohead and Pink Floyd, Elbow are definitely going to be worth keeping an eye on.
There are so many different sounds to this album that nobody can listen to it just the once and come up with a sure verdict. In fact, it took me quite a while to warm to the variations of sound within each song.
The key with this album is to not immediately pay attention to the lyrics, but to the different emotions that are created in extremly interesting and inventive ways. For example, "Fugitive Motel" - (My personal favourite) starts off with a feel that's almost hawaiian. The dog barks, the waves crash on the shore and a wonderful "twangy" sound is created. This mood is changed abruptly when the singing starts. His melodic voice never fails to send shivers up and down my spine.
Once you have listened to the whole album a number of times, then you can look at the lyrics. Again, going back to "Fugitive Motel", the lyrics are heartbreaking: "I'm tired I said, You always look tired, she said. I'm admired, I said. You always look tired, she said." How simple is that, and yet it never fails to break my heart.
To listen to this album, I think that you either need to be extremly chilled out or depressed. Works both ways for me.
If you don't give this album its deserved second listen to, then you're the one missing out on some extremly touching, artistic music.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
This album is everything i hoped for and more from the follow-up to 'Asleep in the Back.' The first thing that struck me was that it didn't really have any obviously "stand-out" tracks such as 'Newborn' and 'Red' on Asleep in the Back. However, after a few listens the album and certain songs in particular started to seep inside my head and this album overall is a more complete, more subtle and better sewn together piece of work than Elbow's excellent debut. The DVD is also very good and easy to watch all the way through unlike other DVD albums i own, which really do require a great deal of patience to watch. Magnificent.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tour de force of brusied romance 12 Jan 2004
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The view from the gutter has never been so beautifully soundtracked. This is far more consistant than their debut - and that was astonishing. Elbow have received every plaudit going for this CD and still they haven't lodged themselves in the public conscience. Why oh why?
If you're still doubting, here's a few reasons:
'Fallen Angel' - insistent throbbing pop. Taught and tense and a great lost single.
'Not A Job' - More pulsating pop with a bruised heart.
'Fugitive Motel' - beautifully poised loneliness that somehow manages to lift the soul.
'I've Got Your Number' - never has verbal violence sounded so sweet, dissolving into one of the filthiest Hammond organ solos ever recorded.
'Switching off' - simply the most beautiful and poignant song written in the last 5 years.
'Buttons and Zips' - rude and funky goings on in the garden shed.
'Grace Under Pressure' - it takes off like a Harrier jump jet and then brings in the whole of the audience at Glastonbury to push it even further up!
Oh look, what more do you want, just buy the bloody thing!
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't be mistaken, it's a brilliant album 1 Oct 2003
Format:Audio CD
What ever happened to the 'notoriously difficult' second album that bands usually fell down on? A myth to suit yesterday's bands me thinks. Nowadays the 2nd album brings maturity, progression, and such and such. Coldplay did it with Rush of Blood..., Doves did it with The Last Broadcast, and now I'm very happy to annouce that Elbow have done it too with Cast of Thousands.
Their debut album, Asleep at the Back was definately an album to play late at night when you want to get your emotion on. Powder Blue and Newborn were made to pull on those little heart strings that we all seem to possess deep down. It was an album full of epic, emotion driven songs that we all fell in love with.
Cast of Thousands is more subtle. For those of you who have bought it on the back of Fallen Angel or Asleep at the back (album), played it once, and shelved it to the 'will never play again unless i'm dead bored' part of your CD collection, believe me, you are missing out on a gem.
It is an album that has to be played 7 or 8 times before you can even start to comprehend it's magic. OK, it has its catchy tunes like the 'Fallen Angel' and 'Buttons and Zips' (There is almost a 'The Chicken or the Egg' paradox behind the chorus "Will I ever get this song off my lips, thats what you said"), but after a few more plays, you start to get hooked on songs like 'Fugative Motel' and 'Not a Job', and realise this is probably the best stuff you've heard since OK computer was around.
'Switching Off' is this albums Newborn, the almost naked voice of Guy Garvey has never sounded as good. This guy really means what he's singing, it obvious isn't it? It's coming from his soul. You don't hear that sort of emotion in voices coming out of the kids on the millions of manufactured bands we seemed to be bludgeoned with.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good copy from a known and trusted supplier
Published 19 days ago by MR GEORGE P ADAMS
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Nice CD. Some excellent tracks.
Published 1 month ago by Tubooh
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Published 1 month ago by William P.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Does what it says on the tin
Published 2 months ago by Ian Johnstone
5.0 out of 5 stars ELBOW TO DRIVE BY
Love this disc so much I have one in each of our cars, very easy listening and really clever musical composition.
Published 3 months ago by possum
4.0 out of 5 stars Need to play it a few times
Not my favourite Elbow album but as I have only recently purchased it I am sure it will 'grow' on me!
Published 16 months ago by Lablady22
5.0 out of 5 stars greattt!!
got onto 'elbow' after seeing them on tv this cd lit al the lights there isn't a track on it that I don't like, you need to be the sort of person who likes that different sort of... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Peter J Wood
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received the cd in good time and again a very good music experience going well in my collection. regards ben
Published 23 months ago by Kenneth E. Boynett
5.0 out of 5 stars Musically life changing.... ?
Elbow can do no wrong for me. Even if I'm not sure on the first listen, give it a week and I'm in love. This album is no exception. Read more
Published on 7 May 2012 by Dramababe
5.0 out of 5 stars Getting the best
They are still top of the tree with this album, slightly more diverse but excellent.Each track takes you somewhere Elbow has not been before.
Published on 26 April 2012 by Tony F
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