Cast of Thousands [UK]

Cast of Thousands [UK]

by Elbow
     
 

There doesn't appear to be an Elbow consensus: they are their own band; they are the Coldplay it's OK to like; they are the Talk Talk for people who've never heard Talk Talk (or Catherine Wheel); they are somewhere between SupertrampSee more details below

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There doesn't appear to be an Elbow consensus: they are their own band; they are the Coldplay it's OK to like; they are the Talk Talk for people who've never heard Talk Talk (or Catherine Wheel); they are somewhere between Supertramp and Superchunk; they are part of a succession of over-introspective, twaddle-peddling British rock bands. They are most of these things -- the positive things, at least -- at various points. On Cast of Thousands, Elbow's second album, the group does deserve to take its rightful place as one of the most respectable rock bands going. What separates this album from the debut isn't all that apparent on the surface. Downcast songs about relationships remain the stock in trade, but the sound has made natural advancements and the quality control is less prone to malfunctioning. In other words, they have followed through on whatever promise Asleep in the Back held; you could sense this would happen, just as you could sense that, after Lazer Guided Melodies, Spiritualized would make an even better record the next time out. However predictable, the minor differences add up to a lot. More so than ever, Elbow's greatest asset is that the band is capable of making big sounds without being bombastic or flashy. And they've tempered the characteristics that got them tagged as sad sacks, although that fact is mostly apparent in the lyrics ("place" rhymes with "virgin mother what's-her-face"; the payoff line in opener "Ribcage" goes "I wanted to explode, to pull my ribs apart and let the sun inside"). The only setback? Gospel choirs. Hopefully, at some point before they make their next album, they'll realize that their songs don't need background vocals from an entire congregation in order to feel redemptive -- or powerful.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/28/2009
Label:
Ume Imports
UPC:
5033197218120
catalogNumber:
9721812
Rank:
147297

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Elbow   Primary Artist
Alfie   Vocals
Sally Herbert   Violin
Stephen Hussey   Violin
London Community Gospel Choir   Vocals
Everton Nelson   Violin
Marcus Garvey   Vocals
Catherine Browning   Violin
Ian Burdge   Cello
Jimi Goodwin   Vocals
Chris Worsey   Cello
Giles Broadbent   Violin
Gillon Cameron   Violin
Cathy Davey   Vocals
Maya Bickel   Violin
Beckie Garvey   Vocals
Gina Garvey   Vocals

Technical Credits

Ben Hillier   Producer
Ian Burdge   String Arrangements
Guy Garvey   Composer
Elbow   Composer,Producer,Film Producer

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