Build a Rocket Boys!

Elbow - Build a Rocket Boys!
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2011 Ratings: #37 / 964
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Based on 59 ratings
2011 Ratings: #173
April 12, 2011 / Release Date
LP / Format
Polydor / Label
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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.


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

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.

Consequence of Sound

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


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.

Elbow have been, for several years now, one of my favourite bands. They are the kind of group that unrepentantly makes whatever type of music they want to and by some sheer cosmic coincidence that's exactly the music i want or need to listen to!
Build a Rocket Boys! is honestly kind of a mid-tier Elbow album, the group have more experimental albums and they've got more consistent ones as well, but even mid-tier Elbow shines in a way that most other records simply cannot compete. From Guy ... read more
Fav Tracks: With Love , The Birds, High Ideals
excellent album with moments of beautiful tenderness, great vocal performance
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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
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