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  • Summary: Often compared to Doves and Radiohead, Manchester-based Elbow is yet another new alternative band to emerge from the British music press hype machine. This debut album was shortlisted for 2001's Mercury Music Prize.
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
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  1. Elbow have made the most passionate, beautiful and downright special record you'll hear this year.
  2. A dark, moody, hypnotic monumental masterpiece with songs that unfold subtlety from one elaborate texture to the next so that you almost don't notice the marvelous hooks until they have dug their way beneath your skin and buried themselves in your soul.
  3. One of the best debut albums of the last five years.
  4. Elbow understand how to make an album flow without sacrificing the unexpected turns any good record should have.
  5. The band's collective songwriting skills impress frequently.
  6. While the band has a very developed sense of texture and sound, though, they rather desperately need to work on changing things up a bit more with regard to the songs themselves.
  7. Establishing a languorous mood right away, the album is all meandering, low-key moods and textures, with precious few focused songs on which to hang them.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. Dec 10, 2010
    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. Collapse
  2. [Anonymous]
    Oct 11, 2002
    simply one of the best, most emotional and mind-blowing records of all time. hard to imagine it's a debut.
  3. Craig
    Jan 14, 2004
    one of the best debut albums i've heard in the past few years.
  4. MrMikey
    Aug 24, 2004
    Cracking debut, 10 years in the making. Newborn is the stand out track for me as I just feel that its a full on aural assault of the best possible kind. Slow to mid tempo? Yes. Boring? Anything but. Expand
  5. Jul 31, 2012
    Low key debut that lays out the blueprint that Elbow went onto develop and expand on. It's got a very strong first half but I feel it tapers off a bit in the 2nd half. That said, the closer "Scattered Black and Whites" is one of the albums highlights. Overall, it's a soft and gentle record with some really beautiful songs. Garveys vocals are perfect for the delicate instrumentation and like the records the produced afterwards, it's a record that just makes you feel warm inside. Expand
  6. Tee
    Mar 7, 2002
    boring. no two ways about it.
  7. MikeS.
    Mar 11, 2002
    Very disappointed, way too slow and boring for my taste. Does not come close to living up to the great reviews IMO. It basically sounds like a bad Catherine Wheel CD. Expand

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