Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Sep 24, 2012
    70
    Dead in the Boot is a quieter, more abstract affair that feels surprisingly autonomous.
  2. Sep 24, 2012
    70
    While not exactly standing alongside their best in terms of outright quality, shows that even Elbow's 'hidden' past is worthy of deeper exploration.
  3. 70
    Dead in the Boot showcases Elbow's growth over the years in a more roundabout way than the typical greatest hits record by staying in the shadows.
  4. Sep 24, 2012
    80
    [An] accomplished compilation. [Oct 2012, p.100]
  5. 70
    Given that this album spans nearly a decade of the band's huge and peculiar journey, it's odd that its somnolent air actually renders it slightly one-note.
  6. Sep 24, 2012
    70
    This compilation isn't for everyone and does contain a few duds. But there are more than enough gems in here to deserve a purchase from any Elbow fan or fanatic.
  7. Sep 24, 2012
    80
    If you're an Elbow fan, you don't need me to tell you that this means go forth and buy the album with confidence that it's yet another solid assembly of somber melodies. If they're new to you, this will probably be just the beginning of a long and easy love affair with the band.
  8. Nov 27, 2012
    80
    Even as the album moves between sleepy, whispered gentility and brief outbreaks of shaking guitar noise, the sullen mood and expansive echoing textures make Dead in the Boot feel of a single piece.
  9. 80
    Most B-sides compilations seem to have been thrown together to fulfill contracts but Dead In The Boot has a form and substance beyond that.
  10. Sep 24, 2012
    80
    They may have been left in the band's boot for a while, but there's nothing dead about them.
  11. Nov 30, 2012
    65
    In all, a comforting--but not extraordinary--collection of songs. [Oct/Nov 2012, p.128]

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