The Seldom Seen Kid (studio album) by Elbow

The Seldom Seen Kid
The Seldom Seen Kid by Elbow
Year: 2008
Release date: 2008-03-17
Overall rank: 515th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
78/100 (from 504 votes)
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Award Top 10 albums of 2008 (6th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 2000s (88th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (515th)
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Elbow : The seldom seen Kid + Asleep in the back / TWO CD Albums
Condition: Very Good
Time left: 4m 45s
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Elbow.2 x cd albums.Build a Rocket boys.The Seldom seen kid
Condition: Very Good
Time left: 8h 28m 42s
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Elbow CD The Seldom Seen Kid - 2008 B0011063-02
Condition: Very Good
Time left: 12h 45m 19s
Ships to: Worldwide

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From 03/15/2020 10:36
He sounds a bit like Damon Albarn, but other than that the first three songs are really well-written, calming and soulful. Then he comes with a macho, arena rock-ish track, which confused me a lot and sounds like shit. But after that he goes back to what he's good at. Overall, a great experience, but one song needs to be amputated (but that doesn't influence my rating though). Not often do my opinions on songs change so wildly from track to track on the same album.
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From 02/02/2020 23:24
Elbow have always been a bit arty, but they give this aspect of their music a full flourish on this album. It is a great album, but just suffers a little from being a little too earnest in places. It's not that music shouldn't be heartfelt - it should - it's just that sometimes it can seem a little forced. The strings are great, the songwriting is excellent, and the playing matches it all... just dial down the boy-band emotion a little.
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From 01/28/2018 21:31
Approachable enough, but it's not immediately apparent to me why it's so highly regarded.
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From 09/06/2016 01:39
Fine acoustic based rock. But without wanting to sound too cruel, nothing you haven't heard before. Quite surprised it's in the 300's on this site.
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From 07/09/2016 13:12
The major breakthrough album from Elbow, and one of their best. Full of great songs with Guy Garvey's Peter Gabriel like vocals on top form throughout. Great songs in, grounds for divorce, tower crane driver, and, the fix. Excellent.
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From 05/30/2016 02:23
I remember the first time I put on the album I turned it up pretty loud and the horns on Starlings scared the shit out of me... ahaha.

FANTASTIC record. Heard it once and fell in love immediately.
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From 02/02/2016 04:21
Classic-ass album
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From 09/24/2015 09:55
Fantastic combination of the hooks of indie pop-rock and the elaboration of prog rock. The piano and keyboards are great and the vocals are different from the typical band.
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From 08/26/2015 03:07
This is such a cool album. You don't hear this kind of music anywhere else. There's a guy with a like baritone voice, piano, strings, and really odd chord progressions. I like it. A lot. I love bands like this that really go out of their way to make music unlike anyone else.
Best tracks: Mirrorball, Grounds for Divorce, The Fix
Worst track: An Audience with the Pope
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