The Seldom Seen Kid

Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2008 Ratings: #14 / 779
Year End Rank: #12
User Score
Based on 146 ratings
2008 Ratings: #18
Liked by 5 people
March 17, 2008 / Release Date
LP / Format
Fiction, Polydor / Label
Craig Potter, Elbow / Producer
Indie Rock, Art Rock / Genres / Website
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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.

Really impressive album overall. Over time, this could gain a lot of popularity from me. It has such an interesting, unique feel compared to others like it. Absolutely incredible.
Very few albums are as astonishing as this. Guy Garvey earns his place here as one of the finest writers of the modern age.

Every track is personal and beautiful in a different way.  Whether it's heavy guitars and smashing drums or it's beautiful swelling orchestral numbers, you never feel bored with this album. The pain felt by Garvey is portrayed by his lyrics not through moaning and whining but by hope and optimism.

An underrated highlight of the album is the beautifully devestating ... read more
Elbow most famous and easily one of the best, with some lovely production and the best song writing the band has put out makes The Seldom Seen kid a great alternative rock album

Track Review

Starlings 8.5/10
The Bones of You 8/10
Mirrorball 8.5/10
Grounds for Divorce 9/10
An Audience with the Pope 9/10
Weather to Fly 8.5/10
The Loneliness of a Tower Crane Driver 8/10
The Fix 7.5/10
Some Riot 8/10
One Day Like This 9/10
Friend of Ours 7.5/10

Average: 8.3/10
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
The Seldom Seen Kid is an elegant and triumphant album, where all of the elements presented on each track have their own purpose and they don't feel out of place or useless, while maintaining a diverse tracklist.
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