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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. 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 notA 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. Expand
  2. RonV
    Jul 8, 2008
    10
    This is easily the finest album I have bought in a very long time, and I refer it to friends and colleagues any chance I get. "One Day Like This is easily the finest album I have bought in a very long time, and I refer it to friends and colleagues any chance I get. "One Day Like This" is awe-inspiring, but each listen results in a new favourite. I have seen them live, and eagerly look forward to seeing them tour this album. Expand
  3. SD
    Mar 10, 2009
    10
    One of the best albums ever!
  4. Weirdfish7
    Apr 24, 2008
    9
    Sonic texturing at it's best. And solid song-writing. Real musicians playing real music. Elbow are at their best, playing this new style Sonic texturing at it's best. And solid song-writing. Real musicians playing real music. Elbow are at their best, playing this new style they've discovered. Though it does not match Asleep In The Back to this listener, it has no weak tracks, and thoughtful arrangements and lyrics are plentyful. Listen. Expand
  5. JustinD.
    Jul 11, 2008
    9
    Great great album. My introduction to the band. Fantastic.
  6. KrisS.
    May 2, 2008
    9
    Utterly brilliant. This will take some beating for album of the year
  7. 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, 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. Collapse

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