Giants Of All Sizes

Elbow - Giants Of All Sizes
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2019 Ratings: #54 / 759
User Score
Based on 176 ratings
2019 Ratings: #251
Liked by 2 people
October 11, 2019 / Release Date
LP / Format
Polydor / Label
Art Rock / Genres
www.elbow.co.uk / Website
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
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.
90
musicOMH

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.

90
Albumism

Giants Of All Sizes solidifies the band’s proven penchant for merging the pragmatic with the romantic to craft songs that stay with you, long after the needle is lifted from the record.

85
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.

80
The Skinny
Musically, it’s varied and adventurous; thematically, it sees the world’s present darkness and raises it hope. A vital record.
80
The Guardian
It’s a dislocated Elbow that you get on this proggy, restless record – but their sense of empathy is still strong.
80
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.
80
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.
80
AllMusic
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.
80
Paste

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.

80
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.

80
PopMatters

In its compositional diversity and its thoughtful commentary on the troubles we face, Giants sounds like a perfect accompaniment to this troubled period in human history.

80
Uncut
Dislocated rhythms match the lyrical anger.
75
Spectrum Culture

With Giants of All Sizes, the group has taken their furthest journey out into open waters. The result is their strongest work in nearly a decade.

Plats
86
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

Score:
8.6
Exceptional
amelietur
85
The one deception from this album is its cover art.
Aoaystheory
74
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
imgroot
70
grooted
BuffaloStaple
56
I love Hudson Mohawke
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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