Cast of Thousands [CD ROM]

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Like their kindred restless spirits Spiritualized and Blur, this British combo have always proven ready, willing, and able to leap into the sonic stratosphere without a net -- a trick they pull off more spectacularly than ever on this sprawling disc. To that end, they open Cast of Thousands with "Ribcage," a choir-enhanced six-minute tune that swirls about in a sea of highbrow prog-rock and stirring orchestral pop -- the sort of tune that most bands would position at disc's end due to its epic qualities. The dizzying disc sets off in several different directions from there, but Guy Garvey and company manage to negotiate the rather rarefied air without slipping into ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Like their kindred restless spirits Spiritualized and Blur, this British combo have always proven ready, willing, and able to leap into the sonic stratosphere without a net -- a trick they pull off more spectacularly than ever on this sprawling disc. To that end, they open Cast of Thousands with "Ribcage," a choir-enhanced six-minute tune that swirls about in a sea of highbrow prog-rock and stirring orchestral pop -- the sort of tune that most bands would position at disc's end due to its epic qualities. The dizzying disc sets off in several different directions from there, but Guy Garvey and company manage to negotiate the rather rarefied air without slipping into pretense, even when, as on the deceptively gentle "Switching Off," they tackle a topic like assisted suicide. Cast of Thousands is studded with songs notably "Fallen Angel" and "I've Got Your Number" that reaffirm Elbow's flair for retrofitting forlorn Brit-pop ditties with smoky jazz fillips worthy of classic torch song purveyors. It also offers a glimpse of the band's gnarlier side, which rears up during the lustily affirmative tribal stomp "Grace Under Pressure." Proof positive that big really is beautiful.
All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
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 their debut isn't all that apparent on the surface. Downcast songs about relationships remain their 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 Cast of Thousands might be, 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. [V2 issued the album in the U.S. five months after the original U.K. release.] [This version of the album includes bonus CD ROM material.]
Rolling Stone - Christian Hoard
The rare art-rock album that comes as much from the heart as the head.
Tracks - Andy Greenwald
The results, though still understated, are shamelessly lovely.

The rare art-rock album that comes as much from the heart as the head.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/27/2004
  • Label: V2
  • UPC: 638812718921
  • Catalog Number: 27189

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ribcage
  2. 2 Fallen Angel
  3. 3 Fugitive Motel
  4. 4 Snooks (Progress Report)
  5. 5 Switching Off
  6. 6 Not a Job
  7. 7 I've Got Your Number
  8. 8 Buttons and Zips
  9. 9 Crawling with Idiot
  10. 10 Grace Under Pressure
  11. 11 Flying Dream 143
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elbow Primary Artist
Alfie Vocals
Sally Herbert Violin
Stephen Hussey Violin
London Community Gospel Choir Vocals, Track Performer
Everton Nelson Violin
Marcus Garvey Vocals
Catherine Browning Violin
Jimmi Goodwin Vocals
Ian Burdge Cello
Chris Worsey Cello
Giles Broadbent Violin
Gillon Cameron Violin
Cathy Davey Vocals
Sam Morris French Horn
Maya Bickel Violin
Richard Balson Tuba
Toby Coles Cornet
Simon J. Cowen Trombone
Beckie Garvey Vocals
Gina Garvey Vocals
Edward Hodgson Horn
Daniel Newell Cornet
Alison Balsom Trumpet
Bob Bastri Brass
Nick Coen Brass
Technical Credits
Mark "Spike" Stent Producer
Ben Hillier Producer
Sam Leigh Brown Video Director
Ian Burdge String Arrangements
Guy Garvey Composer
Elbow Composer, Producer
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