The Seldom Seen Kid

Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2008 Ratings: #17 / 742
Year End Rank: #10
User Score
Based on 103 ratings
2008 Ratings: #29
March 17, 2008 / Release Date
LP / Format
Fiction Records, Polydor, Geffen Records / Label
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Guy Garvey's got a great voice, and good thing, too. As Elbow have morphed from ambitious but sterile art-rockers to something slightly more visceral, his singing-- equal parts Peter Gabriel and Talk Talk's Mark Hollis-- has been one of the few elements linking the Manchester band's varied output. It's also what's helped Elbow stick out a bit from the choirboy pack of Chris Martin, guy from Keane, et al. At the same time it's not a very rock'n'roll voice,

which perhaps explains how, despite some degree of hype, Elbow have always fallen just shy of expectations.

Marvellously written lyrics, along with some superb production and outstanding instrumentation.

Starlight [102]
The Bones Of You [103]
Mirrorball [101]
Grounds For Divorce [98]
An Audience With The Pope [98]
Weather To Fly [97]
The Loneliness Of A Tower Crane Driver [100]
The Fix [100]
Some Riot [103]
One Day Like This [106]
Friends Of Ours [97]
We're Away [96] (-)

Top 5:

5. Mirrorball
4. Starlight
3. Some Riot
2. The Bones Of You
1. One Day Like This
For my 100th review, i figured i'd do an album that is as close to perfect to me that is deserves a 100 score
Maybe it's because i'm British as well, but i entirely understand why this album did so well in the UK, why it won the Mercury Prize in 2008, beating albums like Radiohead's In Rainbows and Burial's Untrue. It's just so beautiful. From front to back each track is captivating, strings and horns and choral vocals all embellish the already brilliant work that the band has proven they can ... read more
song writing of the highest order, superbly crafted tunes, brilliantly sung, heart tugging romantic lyrics, oozes class
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Track List

  1. Starlings
  2. The Bones of You
  3. Mirrorball
  4. Grounds for Divorce
  5. An Audience with the Pope
  6. Weather to Fly
  7. The Loneliness of a Tower Crane Driver
  8. The Fix
  9. Some Riot
  10. One Day Like This
  11. Friend of Ours
  12. We're Away (UK bonus track)
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