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  • Audio CD (3 Nov. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD
  • Label: V2
  • ASIN: B0000DIGNL
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 270,655 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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ELBOW Cast Of Thousands (2003 UK limited edition 2-disc set comprising of 11-track CD album including the single releases Fugitive Motel and Fallen Angel plus BONUS DVD featuring Cast Of Thousands - The Film by Soup Collective)

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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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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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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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Though written in a fraction of the time, Cast Of Thousands seems to pick up where Asleep In The Back left off. Most of the tracks are closer in feel than they were on the debut album. The lows are not quite so low, but the highs are definitely higher.
The opening 4 tracks are all stunning. "Ribcage" brings in slightly disharmonic vocal choirs over an excellent repeating motif, and brilliant lyrics ("pull my ribs apart, and let the sun inside.") "Fallen Angel" marks a new progression for Elbow, with soaring chorus in a conventional structure. "Fugitive Motel" is simply the best on the album, with a heart-stoppingly poignant chorus and brilliant harmonies. Elbow are in a higher gear than anything previously. Simply outstanding.
"Snooks" retains the feel of the first album, with plaintive percussion and some of the scariest sounds you will ever hear.
"Switching Off" lowers the gear to a mournful ballad, then it moves up again for the radio-friendly "Not A Job."
"I've Got Your Number" has a smoky jazz feel, with double bass and brushed percussion, but again features the trademake Elbow raucous clang and what must be the greatest guitar (?) sound since Bowie's Fashion - and probably better.
"Buttons and Zips" is the only disappointment on the album, but things improve with "Crawling With Idiot", a typically slow-paced down-beat track.
"Grace Under Pressure" sees a more optimistic and sunny Elbow than ever before, with an uplifting refrain over up-tempo, heavy beats and the audience from Glastonbury joining in part way through.
With the throw-away closing track "Flying Dream", the whole feels on a par with Asleep In The Back and at times certainly betters it.
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