Build a Rocket Boys!
Elbow - Build a Rocket Boys!
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2011 Rank: #54 / 891
User Score
Based on 35 ratings
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Drowned in Sound

We should be grateful that a bunch of steady-goers like Elbow have continued to perfect their craft and simultaneously achieve such acclaim and recognition.

80
musicOMH

They've recorded another Elbow album, full of quiet introspection, subtly life-affirming melodies and the usual brilliant lyrical sketches of Northern life.

80
No Ripcord

It is not the finest album that Elbow have made but, I suspect, it is one that ‘everyone and everyone’s mum’ will be glad they did.

70
Consequence of Sound

They’ve crafted an album full of beautifully lush melodies, intricate patterns, and soaring vocalizations.

69
Pitchfork

More than ever, Elbow are hitching their fortunes to their lead singer, and with that, Rocket is by a large margin their quietest record to date, the closest thing to a Garvey solo album we've heard.

May 18, 2017
Felindie
80
Fav Tracks: With Love , The Birds, High Ideals
Feb 15, 2016
SiberianBreaks
43
A dreadfully bland and uneventful followup to one of 2008's most entertaining releases. Maybe I'm just not a fan of Elbow's softer side, but their tendency of trying to sound so pleasant and nostalgic with these slow burning tracks completely turns me off.

Favourite tracks: The Birds, Dear Friends
Dec 4, 2012
cwmDJ
90
excellent album with moments of beautiful tenderness, great vocal performance
END OF YEAR LISTS
#7/FILTER
#10/Q Magazine
#16/musicOMH
#16/Under the Radar
#20/PopMatters
#27/No Ripcord
#45/The Fly
MISC LISTS
#20/Old Waver
Track List
  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
Contributions By
patton, erik, philthy