• Record Label: V2
  • Release Date: Jan 22, 2002
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 28 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 28
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 28
  3. Negative: 2 out of 28

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  1. codyg
    Mar 15, 2003
    10
    brilliant!
  2. MacMac
    Jul 31, 2003
    10
    Best debut for a long long time
  3. [Anonymous]
    Oct 11, 2002
    10
    simply one of the best, most emotional and mind-blowing records of all time. hard to imagine it's a debut.
  4. Craig
    Jan 14, 2004
    10
    one of the best debut albums i've heard in the past few years.
  5. Dec 10, 2010
    10
    Absolutely beautiful album. Its filled with eerie and melancholy sounds mixed with some sweet riffs and effects. Definately worth a listen. Slow, moody, at times melancholy, but by no means boring.
  6. MarkJ.
    Jun 28, 2002
    9
    It's slow but not boring
  7. G$DaGoosePimpPumpernikel
    Apr 1, 2002
    9
    beautiful
  8. SamS.
    Mar 17, 2002
    9
    truely human, with genuine spirit and soul!
  9. DomS.
    Aug 13, 2003
    9
    A bad Catherine Wheel CD? More like a good Catherine Wheel CD would only hope to sound like this. What has everyone said? Texture texture texture blah blah blah. Sure, there's texture, but this is a collection of some of the dankest, moodiest, visceral music of the year. I only wish I could live in Machester to truly experience this perfect soundtrack.
Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Elbow understand how to make an album flow without sacrificing the unexpected turns any good record should have.
  2. You'll struggle to find any filler on a record that works magnificently as a whole.
  3. 80
    One listen to Asleep in the Back's "Newborn" invokes a feeling of unmistakable contemplation and a sense of beauty entirely absent from the repertoires of the Oasis and Verves of Brit rock's last generation.