UncutNov 17, 2021There's a gorgeously somnambulant yet softly romantic feel to these 10 songs. ... And it benefits from masterfully subtle arrangement touches. [Dec 2021, p.27]
MojoNov 17, 2021Garvey's lyricism is elevated by the subtle complexity of the music, clarinets, choral voices and churchy keyboards whispering through the vents of these sons, causing a quiet stir. [Dec 2021, p.86]
Dec 3, 2021Beautifully crafted - patient, mature, and earnest. This album is Elbow at their core. Sonically presenting as the band's most uniquelyBeautifully crafted - patient, mature, and earnest. This album is Elbow at their core. Sonically presenting as the band's most uniquely emotive and deceivingly minimalist production yet, "Flying Dream 1" is aptly titled in it's grounded but ethereal approach. Beyond the intimacy and lullaby allure, however, Elbow tastefully implement their signature grandiosity at the most precise moments, lifting the album to new heights for brief and blissful moments when things start to purposefully revel in the beauty of the mundane. As usual, front-man Guy Garvey matches the full scope of this instrumental world building with his lyrical prose and emotional articulation, bringing with his words only butterflies and warmth with a pure sense of nostalgia. Personal and reflective yet universal in feeling, the lyrics and melodies elevate this album from being the most beautiful backing score to life's official soundtrack. This is an album that came out from the rubble when we needed it most, and for that reason it will hold a special place for me. In the scope of the world, 10 is realistically an over estimate, but this is my scale - and if it's a 10 to me, and it is, I'll give it that.… Expand
Nov 21, 2021This is elbow at their best. Delicate composition, inspired lyricism and sensitive arrangement. Garvey’s vocals float through the the wholeThis is elbow at their best. Delicate composition, inspired lyricism and sensitive arrangement. Garvey’s vocals float through the the whole album with choral textures adding even more warmth in moments. Already have half of these Melodie’s trapped in my head.… Expand
Dec 2, 2021Flying Dream 1 is easily the least engaging album Elbow has ever produced.
Perhaps it's a product of the pandemic, but without theFlying Dream 1 is easily the least engaging album Elbow has ever produced.
Perhaps it's a product of the pandemic, but without the unmistakeable vocals of Garvey, you'd be forgiven for thinking this wasn't even an Elbow album, it has fallen so far from the tree.
Gone are the complex melodies that require time and attention to appreciate. Barely heard are the clever turns of phrase, lilted over rhyming pentameter, which once seemed such a hallmark of the band.
What's left is almost a concept album, each song barely differentiated from the last, as you drift through ten schmaltzy lullabies.
Perhaps, as the band has spoken about, this is a product that has been bore from the pandemic, but unfortunately that seems so often to be an excuse for an underwhelming piece of work, rather than a reflection of artistic inspiration.
Like so much the pandemic has produced, Flying Dream 1 is a piece of curiosity, at best, not something that any fan should be holding up and comparing with the best work in a band's catalogue.… Expand
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