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Just the best Band around
, 10 Mar. 2011
This review is from: Build A Rocket Boys! (Audio CD)
I had the tremendous fortune to see Guy and the lads at Cambridge Junction 2nd March 2011 for their warm up gig for the main tour. Opening with The Birds it was obvious the new album was not going to be a disappointment - however...
Now had a few listens. A couple of issues stop me from giving this the 5 stars that Elbow 'the band' deserve. I hate the added crowd sing-along in 'With Love' despite the song itself being ok. And I just don't like 'The night will always win', didn't like it live and don't like it on the album, it makes Guy's vocals seem a bit ropey which they really aren't.
Overall the album itself still stands well above the fare churned out elsewhere, but from Elbow I do expect the 'Very Best'.
For me, Leaders of the Free World is their masterpiece in terms of albums to date, I actually thought Seldom Seen Kid was their weakest, thankfully the new found fame and fortune doesn't appear to have quelled their creativity.
To get the best out of them, go see them live, trust me you won't regret it.
To summarize - for Elbow 7/10, most other bands 9.9/10
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