Asleep in the Back [Deluxe Edition]

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Elbow fiddles with a battery of widescreen dynamics and slight prog rock tendencies, delivering an epic debut of Manchester miserablism that will likely gain comparisons to fellow Mancunian band Doves (rightfully) and Coldplay (wrongfully). Like Doves, Elbow has enough supple shadings and tasteful textures to hold interest without vocals. However, where you have dance producers at the core of Doves, you have a highly emotional songwriter at the core of Elbow. Despite constantly dipping into an overflowing well of sonic tricks (the non-wank variety), each of Guy Garvey's songs would be able to survive with a lone acoustic providing accompaniment. Judging from Garvey's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Elbow fiddles with a battery of widescreen dynamics and slight prog rock tendencies, delivering an epic debut of Manchester miserablism that will likely gain comparisons to fellow Mancunian band Doves (rightfully) and Coldplay (wrongfully). Like Doves, Elbow has enough supple shadings and tasteful textures to hold interest without vocals. However, where you have dance producers at the core of Doves, you have a highly emotional songwriter at the core of Elbow. Despite constantly dipping into an overflowing well of sonic tricks (the non-wank variety), each of Guy Garvey's songs would be able to survive with a lone acoustic providing accompaniment. Judging from Garvey's rough-hewn voice, he could be forgiven for sinking into a misery-addled torpor; thankfully, that's not the case -- given enough instrumental prodding from his cohorts, Garvey's voice can soar and seethe with the best of them. Tally these qualities and you have a record that glides above the host of bands who prattle aimlessly about their pin cushion-frail souls. After all, Asleep in the Back is more about getting through and sustaining than it is flat-out moping or asking for a hug. The tempos might not ever exceed mid-level, and half of the songs might exceed five minutes, but the record is anything but a difficult listen or tough to wade through. When the acoustic strumming, piano twinkles, liquid basslines, and muted horns are this engaging and well arranged, it's difficult to wring yourself from the web. If you can only spare eight minutes to test drive the record, go straight to "Newborn," the sweeping centerpiece with enough catharsis and heavenly Talk Talk-informed organ that you'd swear it came from the second side of Catherine Wheel's Adam and Eve. Stacked against other debuts out of Manchester, theirs is no disgrace. [A deluxe edition was also released.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/27/2009
  • Label: Imports
  • UPC: 600753213223
  • Catalog Number: 864511
  • Sales rank: 244,777

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Any Day Now (6:18)
  2. 2 Red (5:11)
  3. 3 Little Beast (4:15)
  4. 4 Powder Blue (4:30)
  5. 5 Bitten By The Tail Fly (6:14)
  6. 6 Asleep in the Back (3:43)
  7. 7 Newborn (7:33)
  8. 8 Don't Mix Your Drinks (3:17)
  9. 9 Presuming Ed (Rest Easy) (5:26)
  10. 10 Coming Second (4:56)
  11. 11 Can't Stop (4:36)
  12. 12 Scattered Black and Whites (5:31)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Powder Blue (4:36)
  2. 2 Red (3:31)
  3. 3 Theme from Munroe Kelly (5:47)
  4. 4 Can't Stop (4:20)
  5. 5 Bitten By the Tail Fly (6:21)
  6. 6 Coming Second (5:09)
  7. 7 Don't Mix (3:46)
  8. 8 Can't Stop (5:18)
  9. 9 Scattered Black and Whites (6:26)
  10. 10 George Lassoes The Moon (3:27)
  11. 11 Newborn (2:58)
  12. 12 Don't Mix (2:13)
  13. 13 Red (4:57)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Bonus Material
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elbow Primary Artist
Graham Clark Violin
Ben Hillier Percussion, Background Vocals
Ian Burdge Cello
Guy Garvey Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Analogue Synthesizer
Craig Potter Organ, Percussion, Piano, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Analogue Synthesizer
Mark Potter Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Bob Sastri Brass
Pete Turner Bass Guitar, Background Vocals, Analogue Synthesizer
Adam Anderson Cello
The Elbow Choir Vocals
Nick Coen Brass
Francoise Lemoignan Saxophone
Jupp Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
Andrew Melchior Strings
Technical Credits
Steve Osborne Producer
Danton Supple Engineer
Andy Rogers Producer
Danny Evans Producer, Engineer
Ben Hillier Producer, Engineer
Bunt Stafford-Clark Mastering
Guy Garvey Composer, Lyricist
Elbow Composer, Producer, Engineer
Jamie Hart Engineer
Tom Piper Engineer
Steve Lloyd Producer, Engineer
Guy Lloyd Producer
Si Bastow Mastering
Chris Potter Producer
Tim Young Mastering
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