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  • Summary: The eighth full-length studio release for the British rock band features contributions from Chilli Chilton, Jesca Hoop and The Plumedores.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
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  1. Oct 11, 2019
    85
    Elbow have proven to be one of the most reliable and entertaining rock bands around and Giants of All Sizes has plenty of spectacular music to make it a 2019 top 10 contender.
  2. Q Magazine
    Oct 10, 2019
    80
    Garvey sounds different, too, willing to sit with his fears rather than chase them away with optimism and charm. ... It's all the more moving because Elbow have taken such a raw, self-questioning route to get there. [Nov 2019, p.113]
  3. Oct 10, 2019
    80
    Musically, Giants of All Sizes is richer and stranger than anything they’ve released since their commercial breakthrough. Even when it finally settles back into more comfortable lyrical terrain – My Trouble’s hymning of cosy domesticity, On Deronda Street’s paean to parenthood – the music strays beyond their usual comfort zone: ragged and underpinned by glitchy electronic beats. It suits them out there.
  4. 80
    Perhaps their greatest album since their Mercury Prize-winning breakthrough The Seldom Seen Kid, released over a decade ago.
  5. Oct 10, 2019
    80
    Musically, it’s varied and adventurous; thematically, it sees the world’s present darkness and raises it hope. A vital record.
  6. Oct 14, 2019
    80
    Though the atmosphere surrounding Giants of All Sizes is much heavier than on any of the band’s other records this decade, Garvey still finds some hope through it all. The final three songs (“My Trouble,” “On Deronda Road” and “Weightless”) are optimistic as he discovers strength in his loved ones and friends in the reverberation of all of the recent negative events in his life.
  7. Oct 14, 2019
    80
    Giants of All Sizes is not an album to be filleted and squashed into playlists; it’s the sort of deeply serious and carefully crafted work that would sprout a beard and a cable-knit jumper if you turned your back on it for a second.

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
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  1. Oct 14, 2019
    9
    A definitive Elbow release. it still retains the elegance of recent records whilst harking back to the melancholic, experimental edges thatA definitive Elbow release. it still retains the elegance of recent records whilst harking back to the melancholic, experimental edges that informed earlier material. Dark but hopeful, bleak yet beautiful, this is a truly stunning return. Expand
  2. Oct 14, 2019
    8
    I agree with the professional critics on this one. While it does stray from typical Elbow territory, this is a very accomplished album. II agree with the professional critics on this one. While it does stray from typical Elbow territory, this is a very accomplished album. I think the best stuff on the album had already been released as singles, so there were very little surprises in that respect. The unreleased tracks are perhaps a little underwhelming and maybe a tad disappointing. That being said, one track they hadn't released as a single,My Trouble, is probably my favourite, melody-wise, the most gorgeous thing Elbow have ever produced. As always, it is the lyrics where Elbow really excel. Perhaps my only real criticism of this album is that it is way too short. I enjoyed it as much, if not slightly more than Little Fictions. I think composition wise, this is an album you have to listen to as an album, whereas Little Fictions was more like a compilation of singles. Best album since their debut? Perhaps. Expand

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