Asleep In The Back

Elbow - Asleep In The Back
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2001 Ratings: #87 / 181
User Score
Based on 58 ratings
2001 Ratings: #40
Liked by 2 people
May 7, 2001 / Release Date
LP / Format
V2 / Label / Website
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Some of Elbow's most beautiful songs (Asleep in the Back, Newborn, Scattered Blacks and Whites) are on here, but overall I find it a bit inconsistent/unfocused.
A decade in the making after being signed by Island just before that label’s implosion, there is a grace to this album with its dark undertones, making it one of the best debuts to be released in the last twenty years. Obviously, much of this is down to the musicianship of Pete Turner in bass, Richard Jupp on drums, Mark Potter on guitars, and sibling Craig on keyboards, but the standout contribution is the haunting vocals and dark lyrics offered by Guy Garvey. These come to the fore in ... read more
There's a strange, sleepy quality to Elbow's debut studio album from 2001. Released after the rise and fall of Britpop, it represents the kind of melodic art rock sound that became mainstream thanks to acts like Radiohead, Keane or Doves. The problem here is that the undeniably beautiful soundscapes totally block out the sleepy vocals, and the underlying vocals. It's a very heavy record to listen to from beginning to end.

Several songs are overly long and incomprehensible, and there is a ... read more
A great start for a great band! Some of the best mixing i've heard, each individual layer is so well produced, that no matter how far down the mix you go, you find something wonderful to grasp onto.
Asleep in the Back has a nice repertoire of gorgeous tracks like Red and Powder Blue, that hold your attention with simple but beautiful melodies,each instrument patiently playing support, but getting a chance to lead on another track. Whether it's the tremolo guitar on Powder Blue or the piano on ... read more
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