Flying Dream 1

Elbow - Flying Dream 1
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2021 Ratings: #196 / 660
User Score
Based on 60 ratings
2021 Ratings: #435
Liked by 3 people
November 19, 2021 / Release Date
LP / Format
Polydor / Label
Art Pop, Chamber Pop / Genres
www.elbow.co.uk / Website
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Uncut
There's a gorgeously somnambulant yet softly romantic feel to these 10 songs. ... And it benefits from masterfully subtle arrangement touches.
82
Paste

Flying Dream 1 is in no rush to get anywhere. Its lyrics and music are more lovely than ever before, chock-full of gorgeous piano lines to match Garvey’s husky croon.

80
Mojo
Garvey's lyricism is elevated by the subtle complexity of the music, clarinets, choral voices and churchy keyboards whispering through the vents of these sons, causing a quiet stir.
80
Record Collector
It’s the most bittersweet of silver linings on a record that has turned upheaval into something beautiful.
80
Gigwise

If this record doesn’t quite capture the rapturous response of albums like The Seldom Seen Kid or Take Off And Landing Of Everything, it is a clear sign the group are not content to rest on their laurels and are constantly looking to trying something new.

80
musicOMH

Flying Dream 1 is, in many respects, a typical Elbow album – warm, comforting and sincere. It’s also a record that many of us need after the last two years.

80
The Arts Desk
'Flying Dream 1' is an album that rewards repeated listens, rather than giving an instant payout.
80
Albumism

In these crazy times, losing yourself in daydreams can be an effective way to reclaim some modicum of hope, and Flying Dream 1 might just be the perfect soundtrack for taking these flights of the mind.

80
The Observer
This is an album that (once again) quietly demands to be heard, and enjoyed, as an inseparable whole.
80
PopMatters
The confidence and trust they have as a group is manifested in the songs. Flying Dream 1 also trusts its listeners, asking us to hold a quiet space for the music and let it reveal itself over time. It requires a tiny leap of faith to “step into the air” and fly.
60
The Irish Times
There is more mood than melody here, but while the band never manages to match their divine influences, there are moments when this newfound restraint pays off.
60
NME
The result is a soothing, slow-burning collection which reflects on times and friends gone by.
Jamobo
80
A day with more Elbow is a good day

It would be no small claim for me to describe myself as an Elbow fan. Their wonderful mix of subtly progressive rock with strong pop sensibilities that could hook someone in immediately, yet still have plenty of hidden joys worth many repeated listens. At the centre of the group is Guy Garvey, whose vocals are invitingly warm and have a surprisingly large range. His lovely (and occasionally cheeky) lyrics are wonderfully poetic, but direct and down-to-earth ... read more
TheCarioca
74
Flying Dream 1 - 5/5 ❤
After the Eclipse - 4/5
Is It a Bird - 5/5 ❤
Six Words - 3/5
Calm and Happy - 3/5
Come On, Blue - 3/5
The Only Road - 4/5
Red Sky Radio (Baby Baby Baby) - 3/5
The Seldom Seen Kid - 3/5
What Am I Without You - 4/5
Ronania
29
bland boring, flying elbow to my jaw
NTTR
59
Elbow - Flying Dream 1

Genre: Art Pop
Country: UK

Final Verdict: 59% (Pleasant Album)
Yearly Ranking: 549th / 960

Highlight: After the Eclipse

Made me think of:
Travis
Nick Cave
Van Morrison
winitheju
65
Elbow just ain't what they used to be
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Added on: September 1, 2021