• Band Name: Elbow
  • Record Label: V2
  • Release Date: Jan 27, 2004

Universal acclaim - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 23
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 23
  3. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Cast of Thousands is a great record, beautiful and emotionally powerful as well as musically inventive... a refinement and extension of their vision that will emerge as one of the best records of the year.
  2. [An] elegant mix of jazz, electronica and lush gospel choruses.
  3. 91
    Finds these thoughtful Brits exploring even more emotional territory. [Mar 2004, p.96]
  4. A record that anyone who’s ever demanded anything interesting from rock music should hear.
  5. 90
    It's human where Radiohead are impenetrable, but complex where Coldplay are banal.... Elbow remain unquantifiably great. [Sep 2003, p.100]
  6. 88
    Possesses a rare beauty and a singluar honesty. [#9, p.111]
  7. Just when this occasionally draggy album threatens to give in to its own malaise, the band interjects a lound, jarring organ or jagged noise. [23/30 Jan 2004, p.98]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 33 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Dec 12, 2011
    High quality throughout. Some of this sounds almost religous (in a good way). This is the record that should have made them hit the big time rather than what came after. Along with The Seldom Seen Kid, this is their best album Full Review »
  2. JoshE.
    Jun 7, 2008
    A beautiful record from start to finish. This should have made them huge. Too bad for all of those who are missing it.
  3. MikeP
    Jul 11, 2007
    One of the best ever.