Giants Of All Sizes

Elbow - Giants Of All Sizes
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2019 Ratings: #51 / 634
User Score
Based on 155 ratings
2019 Ratings: #302
October 11, 2019 / Release Date
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Polydor / Label
Art Rock / Genres
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Spill Magazine
A much-celebrated band capable of crafting moments of incredible beauty has not turned its gaze quite completely away, but this study of pessimism and doubt, loss and confusion, truly life in all its complexities, somehow still ends up feeling like a breath of much-needed fresh air.

There might be more anger, darkness and politics on this album but Giants Of All Sizes shows they are still fundamentally one of the best bands around at offering consolation and comfort when the surrounding turbulence threatens to get too much.

Under The Radar

Elbow have proven to be one of the most reliable and entertaining rock bands around and Giants of All Sizes has plenty of spectacular music to make it a 2019 top 10 contender.

The Skinny
Musically, it’s varied and adventurous; thematically, it sees the world’s present darkness and raises it hope. A vital record.
The Guardian
It’s a dislocated Elbow that you get on this proggy, restless record – but their sense of empathy is still strong.
The Independent
Garvey is an eternal optimist who sees the light in everything, and so even as he holds a mirror to these troubled times, there’s plenty of hope to be found.
The Telegraph
With its rock swagger and orchestral sinuousness, White Noise may be the most thrilling thing the Manchester quartet have recorded since those early days when we mistook them for a Britpop band.
Awash in the damp grays and socio-political malaise of the Brexit era, Garvey and company deftly navigate the brackish waters with an amalgam of empathy and steely acceptance.

Though the atmosphere surrounding Giants of All Sizes is much heavier than on any of the band’s other records this decade, Garvey still finds some hope through it all.

The Observer

Giants of All Sizes is not an album to be filleted and squashed into playlists; it’s the sort of deeply serious and carefully crafted work that would sprout a beard and a cable-knit jumper if you turned your back on it for a second.

While I'm not a huge fan of the vocals, "Giant of All Sizes" is an otherwise great record with great production and good writing. It also demands to be listened to in a single sitting.

Fav Tracks: Empires, Dexter & Sinister, My Trouble, Weightless, The Delayed 3:15, Seven Veils

Least Fav Track: On Deronda Road

Decent record, with both powerful and bland moments.

Never really been into Elbow's music, although I haven't checked out what's considered their best material (The Seldom Seen Kid). To be perfectly honest, I've never been into music like this, as of late. For me, vocalists that I would consider the generic "good" singers (radio friendly) I find myself automatically not liking the music as much. The more I've listened to and explored different types of music, I seem to lean more ... read more
I was really surprised by this album. I'm pretty new to this band. I recognized the cover for "Little Fictions" and thats about it. I was interested in this mostly because of the album cover. It really reminded me of something I would see in a national geographic magazine. (For Context) I used to get those magazines in the mail every month sometime in 2012 and 2013, life was so much simpler back then and Obama was still president BUT thats beside the point so yeah Obama administration ... read more
The one deception from this album is its cover art.
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Track List

  1. Dexter & Sinister
  2. Seven Veils
  3. Empires
  4. The Delayed 3:15
  5. White Noise White Heat
  6. Doldrums
  7. My Trouble
  8. On Deronda Road
  9. Weightless
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Added on: July 9, 2019