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build a rocket boys! [VINYL] [Limited Edition]

elbow Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (7 Mar 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Polydor Group
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,695 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Birds
2. Lippy Kids
3. With Love
4. Neat Little Rows
5. Jesus Is a Rochdale Girl
6. The Night Will Always Win
7. High Ideals
8. The River
9. Open Arms
10. The Birds (Reprise)
11. Dear Friends

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Fifth studio album by the British alternative rock group. The follow-up to the critically acclaimed, Mercury Prize-winning 'The Seldom Seen Kid', the album debuted at #2 in the UK Albums Chart and features the single '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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elbow's latest and best 20 Jun 2014
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At last we have a modern group that create beautiful music. As a real oldie I have long lamented the common lack of of a blend of beautiful sounds and meaningful words in contemporary pop music. Elbow's "Build a Rocket Boys!" album is one of the best I've heard for years.Lyrical and meaningful and worth playing time and again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Triumph 11 May 2014
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Guy Garvey looks like a builder an everyday bloke then he opens his mouth and the voice of an angel erupts.Once again the words and music on this album are haunting and poetic.Elbow can do no wrong in my eyes
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5.0 out of 5 stars Late Arrival 17 Mar 2014
Format:Audio CD
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 feeling downtrodden and in need of an injection of ..something vital! They remind me of the first time I got into Roxy, every track is a statement, exhilarating the first time and only gets better with each listen. In a time of "r n b", a la Jay-z, etc., Elbow restore faith in true musical genius - Songwriting! Musicianship! Pathos! Angst! Truisms! Every track is like a movie - EPIC!
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 8 days ago by Terry
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good album
Published 12 days ago by Stephen Haseldine
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant cd: would definitely recommend
Speedy delivery, well packaged, brilliant cd: would definitely recommend.
Published 14 days ago by MRS annette lawrence
5.0 out of 5 stars Elbow at their best
Brilliant.......there's nothing else needs adding!!
Published 23 days ago by Tet
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
wow happened on this group by chance have bought some old albums & their new ones can't wait to buy more.
Published 1 month ago by patricia adams
4.0 out of 5 stars Good album.
As Elbow are one of my favourite bands, I went digging to see how many albums the had released, This is an earlier released album but is worthy of being put with the rest of their... Read more
Published 1 month ago by K.Hayes
4.0 out of 5 stars Fab
A future classic album, not as instantly likable as their first album, The Seldom seen kid, in my humble opinion, but some excellent tracks that should and will stand the test of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by mike lowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
In my books elbow cant do anything wrong. Its a brilliant album and one I would think everyone would enjoy.
Published 2 months ago by Peter K. Beard
5.0 out of 5 stars ELBOW ARE THE TOPS
ANOTHER BRILLIANT ELBOW DISC, I discovered Elbow 2 years ago and the accompany me when I'm driving. Their latest disc is also brilliant.
Published 2 months ago by possum
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
What a great album. I had to buy it just in case nine of my electronic gadgets are working .
Published 3 months ago by John Crockford
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