User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 77 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 73 out of 77
  2. Negative: 0 out of 77

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  1. EvilEd
    Feb 6, 2009
    5
    This album is so overrated. The songs are ok but certainly not great and you get bored after a few listens. I bought this when it first came out and was shocked when it won the Mercury later on the year.
  2. AlO.
    Apr 23, 2008
    4
    If you like these guys, then you'll like this album. Otherwise, be prepared for meandering songs with overwrought lyrics and vocals, forgettably weak melodies, and empty stadium bombast. Dull, dull, dull.
Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. The Seldom Seen Kid is Elbow's most self-assured and enjoyable album so far.
  2. The achievement of The Seldom Seen Kid is that Elbow manage to be both incredibly consistent and perpetually improving.
  3. The Seldom Seen Kid keeps the band on this upward trajectory.