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Old 03-10-2011, 06:07 PM   #316
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Old 03-10-2011, 09:02 PM   #317
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About halfway through the first listen. I really like it. I think the only one that passed me by so far was Jesus Is a Rochdale Girl.

By the time I thought, "Hey, I like this song" and looked to see that it was track #6, I realized I'd completely missed #5. Nothing caught my attention about it. Will have to go back later and give it a proper listen.
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Old 03-12-2011, 10:23 AM   #318
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This album is reaaaaaaly growing on me right about now. It's so earnest and accessible while retaining the lush arrangements of their past, this would be a great entrance for any would-be fan.
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Old 03-12-2011, 11:28 AM   #319
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This album is reaaaaaaly growing on me right about now.
I was thinking the same thing this morning, liking it a lot more this time through.
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Old 03-14-2011, 02:22 AM   #320
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My initial reaction (after one listen of course) is that the album is good, not great. I loved the first four or five songs, then it lulled untiil the closer, which I also adored.

Never, however, has an influence been so in my face, but wow did the Scratch My Back experience influence them. This has recent Peter Gabriel all over it.

Anyways, definitely worth a few more spins, and I plan to give it 'em. Glad I avoided this thread until I hear it. Bomac's a little more sweeee than normal
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Old 03-14-2011, 02:27 AM   #321
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A track-by-track, first impression review:

The Birds - Towering and curiously constructed, but not a moment of it stuck in my head. It's so damn epic though, I was probably just overwhelmed on first listen. It was certainly awesome, but not exactly catchy. I'll like it more once I have time to parse it out.

Lippy Kids - Horribly, horribly repetitive, and I don't care for the lyrics. I hate that album title more than ever. The piano hook is strong, however, and the vocals are, as always, fucking good. Threatens to really take off, but it never quite does. Would be an inspirational 2 minute interlude, but instead it's 6 minutes and a bit bloated.

With Love - Awesome; this is one of those really refreshing mid-album tracks that reminds you of the importance of great hooks, except it's placed really early, which makes it feel a bit slight, especially after the epic opening duo. The production really kicks.

Neat Little Rows - Also reminds you of the importance of hooks: there isn't one here. Not exactly awful, but the din behind the track reminds you that not much is happening in the front to distract you from it. Decent chorus. Not sure why this was the lead single.

Jesus Is A Rochdale Girl - Something vaguely avant garde about the keyboard noodling. It doesn't add all that much, but it keeps me listening. This is a relaxing track that I could see slipping past someone, but the album is jumpy enough so far that the individual tracks are certainly being emphasized over the whole. I don't love this one, but it's pretty.

The Night Will Always Win - I dig their keyboard sound on this record. Reminds me of that sound your car makes when you leave the door open. If Elbow ever starts their own country, this could be the national anthem; it has a certain dignified pomp and circumstance about it.

High Ideals - Great percussion, great horns. This is the shock the album needed. Or at least it should certainly be. The problem is that the track is all buildup, never capitalizing with a terrific chorus, or even a bridge that deviates from the pattern. Decent background music, a passable jam, but not exactly a standout.

The River - Reminds me of Pyramid Song a bit. Beautifully layered vocals. Once again, it fails to break out or exceed sketch status as a song, but it's a worthy late-album track. It'll probably sound great under the right circumstances.

Open Arms - And this one reminds me of the more jubilant moments of another Interference favorite, Sigur Ros. It's brilliant; a head-swimming, choir-propelled trek to the heavens.

The Birds (Reprise) - Uh.

Dear Friends - Hopefully not about their fanbase. I love the guitar tone. Very pretty but, once again, it never really takes off. I love the vocals, I love the production, I love the horns at the end, but it sounds closer to credit sequence fare than epic closer.

In short: This album doesn't really sound finished to me. Most of the tracks seem to be enjoyable scribbles, but none of them feel circular or truly fleshed out, and the ones that do don't stick the way their past singles have. They could all be interlude tracks, as far as I'm concerned, outside of the first few. I agree with Peef that the bookends have the best stuff while the stretch in the middle is pretty flat. Hopefully, this album grows on me; I love these guys, but the songwriting just isn't there.
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Old 03-14-2011, 03:12 AM   #322
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I've listened to the new album this morning. It will need more spins obviously but my initial feeling is that nothing really stuck in my mind after and including Jesus Is A Rochdale Girl, which at the moment feels like it might be the most boring song Elbow have ever done. Hopefully the record is a grower.
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Old 03-14-2011, 09:21 AM   #323
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Bomac's a little more sweeee than normal
Hey, I like a good sweeee now and then. There's nothing wrong with that.

Wait, what are we talking about here?
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Sweeee is a good thing. Its a state of being that can only be achieved by an event such as a band you love releasing an album you love.
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Ahhh, I sweeee.

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Jesus Is A Rochdale Girl, which at the moment feels like it might be the most boring song Elbow have ever done.
It's my least favorite as well. Feels like they chose the crazy title just to try make up for how boring the song is.

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In short: This album doesn't really sound finished to me. Most of the tracks seem to be enjoyable scribbles, but none of them feel circular or truly fleshed out, and the ones that do don't stick the way their past singles have. They could all be interlude tracks, as far as I'm concerned, outside of the first few.
Agreed with most of your thoughts on the songs, and definitely the summary. To be fair though, I think Elbow have released a fair share of filler on all of their albums in the past. Even their best ones usually have two or three snooze worthy tracks on them, so I guess in the grand scheme of things, I guess we should have all expected it.

Even though the albums don't sound similar, I'm really reminded of when Cast of Thousands came out. At that time, even though everyone agreed the album wasn't as good as the previous one, and only had a few memorable songs, everyone still seemed to enjoy it. I'm sorta feeling that way with Build a Rocket. Not as good as I would have liked it to be (maybe not even close to being as good as I would have liked it to be), but still a nice listen if I'm in the right mood.
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I actually liked this album less on second listen, which never happens.
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Old 03-14-2011, 02:49 PM   #329
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I like this album more than Seldom Seen Kid but I wasn't as crazy about that album as a lot of people were. The beginning and the end of the album have some great songs, most notably The Birds and Dear Friends. The middle part is pretty boring though and I hate the reprise of The Birds. What an awful voice that man has.
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Old 03-14-2011, 03:07 PM   #330
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What an awful voice that man has.
That is the most horrible thing I've ever read on this site.
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