Cast of Thousands [CD ROM]

Cast of Thousands [CD ROM]

by Elbow


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Cast of Thousands [CD ROM]

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/27/2004
Label: V2
UPC: 0638812718921
catalogNumber: 27189


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

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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