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  • Summary: The fourth album for the indie rock band features Pulp's Richard Hawley on one track.
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. The Seldom Seen Kid is a stunning record, a career-best from a band whose consistency has seldom been matched by any British indie band this decade.
  2. 90
    It is rare to come across a record that possesses such refinement and stylization, but The Seldom Seen Kid excels at both and was more than worth the wait. [Spring 2008, p.94]
  3. The achievement of The Seldom Seen Kid is that Elbow manage to be both incredibly consistent and perpetually improving.
  4. The singer's Mancunian bleariness is such that the bittersweet barfly sing-along 'Grounds for Divorce' rings effortlessly real, while the quasi-spiritual questing of 'Weather to Fly' gets reined in by the sobering image of "pounding the streets where my father's feet/Still ring from the walls."
  5. Elbow sound beautifully understated rather than underwhelming, less underachieving than desperately undervalued.
  6. The combo of ethereal prog rock and lead singer Guy Garvey’s hushed, careworn words couldn’t be finer than on mournful, horn-laden 'Weather To Fly,' while sing-along stadium-ready cliche 'One Day Like This' is the only discernible reminder of why I avoided them in the first place.
  7. If only you didn’t spoil these tender moments that seem to make my heart want to burst out my chest by goofing around all the time.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. Aug 14, 2010
    10
    Elbow's most complete album, not one song disappoints, a feat I very much doubt they'll surpass. From the upbeat 'Grounds for Divorce' to the beauty of 'Mirrorball' there are plenty of 'makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up' moments. And if you get the chance see these guys live!! Expand
  2. Sep 27, 2011
    10
    Simply masterful! Every song on this album is fantastic! Grounds for Divorce lured me in and I'm still listening to this album two years later. Front-man Guy Garvey's voice is the perfect combination of melodic and unique; maybe a little gritty. He sets the stage for a very emotional album that will excite and lift your spirit. Even the weakest songs are better than just about anything on the radio. Expand
  3. Jan 3, 2012
    10
    A Masterpiece! Brilliant. This is literally my favourite album of all time. Guy Garvey is a genius and should be worshipped as a God! I do not have a favourite song as i love every single one equally as if they were my children. Collapse
  4. Dec 13, 2011
    8
    A beautiful album, so many memorable tracks. This deserved all the success and acclaim it got. The only 2 tracks I don't love are the opening and closing ones, everything in between is magical. Expand

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