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Old 03-14-2011, 04:08 PM   #331
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That is the most horrible thing I've ever read on this site.
Garvey sings the Birds reprise?
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Old 03-14-2011, 04:09 PM   #332
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Ohhhhhh.

Never mind.
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Old 03-14-2011, 04:11 PM   #333
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I kind of agree, ftr.
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Old 03-14-2011, 04:13 PM   #334
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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.
I saw this on Wikipedia:

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The agenda, both thematically and musically, was set by "Jesus Is a Rochdale Girl," a minimalist, Eno-esque track based on Garvey's earlier poem he wrote about his first love. "I think our records have always had light and shade to a degree, this one more so than the others", commented Garvey. A couple of times, when struggling with lyrics, he made trips to Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios in Wiltshire to "share thoughts" with its owner. On such occasions the frontman communicated via video calls with his band, which, on some occasions, had to place the laptop on top of the piano and play the latest versions of songs to virtual Garvey.
Crazy that the song that "set the mood" of the album is the one most of us dislike the most.
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Old 03-14-2011, 04:16 PM   #335
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I saw this on Wikipedia:

Crazy that the song that "set the mood" of the album is the one most of us dislike the most.
Lemonmelon actually showed me that last night after I mentioned how much it sounded like Peter Gabriel.

I usually am not so good at picking out influences, that's why I'm so blown away by just how obvious this one is. Honestly, that's kind of cool in my book, we all know how much I love the GAB.
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Agreed, pretty cool.
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Old 03-15-2011, 06:49 AM   #337
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The middle part is pretty boring though and I hate the reprise of The Birds. What an awful voice that man has.
I got curious as to who exactly sang the reprise and found this:

To sing the reprise, Elbow hired an amateur, a piano tuner called John Mosley. "We wanted a man with a sweet but frail voice, and John got the job."

I reckon Mr Mosley should have stuck to being a piano tuner.
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Old 03-15-2011, 06:54 AM   #338
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You would think his grasp of pitch would be a little better. Not sure I'd trust him to tune my piano either.
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Luckily you don't have to sing to tune a piano.
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Are you proof of that, Diemen?
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Heh. Well I like to think I can carry a tune decently, too.
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Old 03-16-2011, 01:30 AM   #342
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I'm struggling with this one, three listens in, and if there was one album release this year that I really wanted to like, it was BARB!

The Seldom Seen Kid was a masterpiece, so much so, that I'm personally tempted to rank it as the best album of the last decade. It's that brilliant.

Great Expectations maybe? The last album was always gonna be a hard act to follow.Hopefully this one will grow on me, but I'm not being mindblown like I was with TSSK.

Open Arms is the only track so far that I'm excited by, for some reason it reminds me of a Christmas carol. It's majestic, it's this album's One Day Like This. It's a fantastic listen throughout the song's entire course.

The River, The Birds, Lippy Kids and With Love are good.. Yet songs like Dear Friends, High Ideals and Jesus is A Rochdale Girl are pretty but don't seem to do much at all.

I need this to grow on me.. I love Elbow
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The second half of the album is slowly growing on me with further listens, except the Rochdale Girl which is still one boring girl.
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BARB!
That is laughably terrible.
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Pitchfork: Album Reviews: Elbow: Build a Rocket Boys!

Pitchfork says 6.9.
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