Quick Review (LP): Build A Rocket Boys! by Elbow

Build A Rocket Boys!
Fiction; 2011

My Rating: A- (81/100)

Best Tracks: "The Birds", "Lippy Kids", "Jesus Is A Rochdale Girl", "Neat Little Rows", "Open Arms", "Dear Friends"

A big HUG of a record.

– Elbow are a Brit-rock band that I meant to get into a few years back, after hearing "Forget Myself", a fantastic single. Alas, distractions…
– Great vocals – sounds like Peter Gabriel fronting U2. Similarities to Doves as well.
– "Lippy Kids" is gorgeous.
– "Love will find you out." Nice.
– Surprisingly big when it’s really quiet and intimate. See "The Night Will Always Win." Just Guy and an omnichord at first.
– The nostalgic twinges really define this record. It’s like a big goodbye to childhood. At the same time, it’s a strong affirmation of youth.
– I really like this record (and this band), but as a whole it doesn’t quite knock it out of the park like I was hoping it would. There are several fantastic tracks, and the production is gorgeous, but there isn’t that defining moment that one would hope for from a band of this caliber. Still, I’m sure I’ll be playing this regularly throughout 2011.
Ian Cohen of Pitchfork: "[W]hile Garvey is a phenomenal vocalist and wordsmith, the dots don’t always connect to form memorable songs. That’s particularly glaring during Build a Rocket‘s pokey midsection, which abates melodically and hangs on to Garvey’s redolent lyrics for dear life." Word.

Cohesion (4.5/5)
Consequence (4/5)
Consistency (4.5/5)
Concept (5/5)
Songs (4.5/5)