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  • Summary: The Manchester band follow their Mercury Music Prize-nominated debut 'Asleep In The Back' with this ambitious 11-track sophomore disc.
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  1. Positive: 23 out of 23
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  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. 91
    Finds these thoughtful Brits exploring even more emotional territory. [Mar 2004, p.96]
  3. 90
    It's human where Radiohead are impenetrable, but complex where Coldplay are banal.... Elbow remain unquantifiably great. [Sep 2003, p.100]
  4. While the first album broods, the 11 songs on this disc are mostly smooth and flowing.
  5. For all their generic tendencies, these are fertile minds. [Sep 2003, p.106]
  6. Cast of Thousands rides the borders of sentimentality expertly-- Elbow's new-found hope in unity may seem like idealistic drivel on paper, but is carried off on record with refreshing determination.
  7. The rare art-rock album that comes as much from the heart as the head.

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  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
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  1. Dec 12, 2011
    8
    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 Expand

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