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on 3 December 2011
Watched Elbow on the BBC then trawled through their discography - if you like the new releases catch up on this. Love it!!
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on 29 August 2014
very good copy from a known and trusted supplier
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VINE VOICEon 29 August 2003
The rain it raineth every day. That's the title of a painting of Penzance promenade by Norman Garstin. But if Cornwall has a reputation for rain at inappropriate moments (e.g. in the middle of your Cornish clotted ice cream) Manchester has a reputation for rain at every moment of the day and night (including half way through your chips with curry sauce). Both these perceptions may be unfair but there you are. Still, the cloud-heavy skies have had an apparently beneficial effect on many of Manchester's finest in the past and Elbow (strictly speaking from Bury, but let's not get pedantic) join a roll call of greats like Joy Division and the Smiths who sound as if they've been influenced by the weather . "Cast of Thousands" builds on the smouldering splendour of "Asleep in the Back" with a more expansive feeling both lyrically and musically. 'Ribcage' offers a note of optimism amongst the angst-ridden lyrics and tightly coiled music. On 'Snooks' we're treated to a guitar assault worthy of Radiohead in their 'The Bends' period. And the feedback frenzy of 'I've Got Your Number' could have Neil Young calling his lawyers to advise on copyright issues. Or more likely getting up to join Elbow on stage. This time the band has let the lid blow off the pressure cooker and the sense of release is palpable. Fear not though: there are still plenty of the edgy atmospherics that made their debut album so seductive, for instance the unnervingly persistent rhythms of 'Buttons and Zips', complementing a measured but targeted attack on various people who have incurred Guy Garvey's disapproval of late. He's not the kind of person you want to fall out with, it seems. He's making more friends than enemies with this album. Towards the end, the sun breaks through with a swelling gospel chorus on 'Grace Under Pressure'. 'Cast of Thousands' has so much going for it that even sun-loving hedonists in the west country could soon be heading north to discover where Elbow get their power.
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on 6 October 2003
This album isn't bad but those expecting Asleep in the back part two may be disappointed, Fugitive Motel coming close to the grand sound of that album. As for the vinyl, it's not very good, thin warped record which lacks dynamic range compared to all the other stuff I have bought on Vinyl lately. Try and give it a listen first.
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on 23 October 2009
It's funny how you get into a band after about two or three albums. The only Elbow I had heard of before was the track 'Fugitive Motel' which came free on a Guardian CD. I thought the song was OK and never really thought much more until I saw them performing live a couple of songs from the album 'Seldom Seen Kid', and was amazed at the songwriting. This caused me to remember the obscure track from Cast of Thousands. After deciding to buy another Elbow album I decided on this one. To really enjoy an album track sometimes it's better to hear it in the context of the album it's on rather than part of a random compilation. Although this is not as great as 'Seldom Seen Kid' it grows on you and won't disappoint! I particularly thought the gimmick of printing all the names of the live audience who participated in singing on one of the tracks as an interesting idea.
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on 8 February 2009
I admit, I'm a huge fan of Elbow, but if you only know them from their brilliant 'Seldom Seen Kid' you need to buy this and listen to it over and over again. Because this album is magnificent. As well as containing my two favourite ever Elbow songs - Fugitive Motel and Switching off - it also has the pounding beat of 'Fallen Angel ' which I find very cathartic played at full volume after a horrible day at work. Buy it! Play it! LOVE IT!
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VINE VOICEon 27 August 2003
The rain it raineth every day. That's the title of a painting of Penzance promenade by Norman Garstin. But if Cornwall has a reputation for rain at inappropriate moments (e.g. in the middle of your Cornish clotted ice cream) Manchester has a reputation for rain at every moment of the day and night (including half way through your chips with curry sauce). Both these perceptions may be unfair but there you are. Still, the cloud-heavy skies have had an apparently beneficial effect on many of Manchester's finest in the past, and Elbow (strictly speaking from Bury, but let's not get pedantic) join a roll call of greats like Joy Division and the Smiths who sound as if they've been influenced by the weather. "Cast of Thousands" builds on the smouldering splendour of "Asleep in the Back" with a more expansive feeling both lyrically and musically. 'Ribcage' offers a note of optimism amongst the angst-ridden lyrics and tightly coiled music. On 'Snooks' we're treated to a guitar assault worthy of Radiohead in their 'The Bends' period. And the feedback frenzy of 'I've Got Your Number' could have Neil Young calling his lawyers to advise on copyright issues. Or more likely getting up to join Elbow on stage. This time the band has let the lid blow off the pressure cooker and the sense of release is palpable. Fear not though: there are still plenty of the edgy atmospherics that made their debut album so seductive, for instance the unnervingly persistent rhythms of 'Buttons and Zips', complementing a measured but targeted attack on various people who have incurred Guy Garvey's disapproval of late. He's not the kind of person you want to fall out with, it seems. He's making more friends than enemies with this album. Towards the end, the sun breaks through with a swelling gospel chorus on 'Grace Under Pressure'. 'Cast of Thousands' has so much going for it that even sun-loving hedonists from the west country could soon be heading north to discover where Elbow get their power.
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on 2 April 2011
To the previous review who said there was filler on this album, that's bull, I rarely write reviews for any if only a hand ful of artist, but elbow deserve a nod I listen to all kinds of stuff, I'm definitely into Hip-Hop, Elbow aren't not the next Radiohead they are Elbow, every single track on this album is an experience, every album Elbow released is an album in its own league to compare them wouldn't do them any justice, I do agree with other reviwers that their first Album Asleep in the back had stand out tracks but that was their first effort since then and the release of Build a rocket boy, you may dissagree with them but musically and lyrically they've been consistent, and this album is no exception Elbow's stuff understands ambience and the power of word I recommend this album
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on 18 January 2013
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 music to like 'elbow' (my wife does not)
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on 7 July 2004
At times dark and brooding, Cast of Thousands also contains some really uplifting tracks. This is a well crafted album, with a glorious beginning (Ribcage), an introspective middle, and finishing up with hymn-like finale (Grace under pressure). "Ive got your number" is wickedly bitter and twisted (grow a f**k**g heart luv). This album works best when played start to end, reminds me of Doves' "Last Broadcast" in that respect. Some of the sounds are a bit abrasive on the ear (eg Snooks guitar break jars with the rest of the track), and lyrics repeat at times (eg Grace under pressure), but overall an excellent album, in my view more accessible than "asleep in the back".
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