The Seldom Seen Kid (studio album) by Elbow

The Seldom Seen Kid by Elbow
Year: 2008
Release date: 2008-03-17
Overall rank: 546th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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78/100 (from 562 votes)
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Elbow : The Seldom Seen Kid CD (2008)
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Elbow : Seldom Seen Kid CD
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Elbow + The BBC Orchestra - The Seldom Seen Kid Live at Abbey Road CD + DVD
Condition: Like New

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From 10/24/2022 07:11
I’ve never understood the Elbow thing finding various albums in their catalogue competent enough but ultimately a bit of a snooze feast, however this one actually has some interesting moments and in particular the Un-Elbow (which is probably why I dig it) track “The Fix”
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From 01/04/2022 14:43
Album Rating: 75.18

1. "Starlings" 5:05 - 69
2. "The Bones of You" (contains elements of "Summertime" by George Gershwin, Dubose Heyward, Dorothy Heyward & Ira Gershwin) 4:49 - 70
3. "Mirrorball" 5:50 - 71
4. "Grounds for Divorce" 3:39 - 86
5. "An Audience with the Pope" 4:27 - 69
6. "Weather to Fly" 4:29 - 64
7. "The Loneliness of a Tower Crane Driver" 5:14 - 89
8. "The Fix" (Elbow, Richard Hawley) 4:27 - 69
9. "Some Riot" 5:23 - 82
10. "One Day Like This" 6:34 - 80
11. "Friend of Ours" 4:38 - 78

Bonus Track (UK)
12. "We're Away" (UK bonus track) 1:59 (N/A - 66 - N/A)
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From 12/24/2021 22:26
Elbow are one of my favourite bands, and the best live band I've seen by far. This album has a few filler tracks in the middle, but the fact that even with these I still give it a 100/100 rating says a lot. Highlights are One Day Like This, Grounds for Divorce, The Bones of You and the final track Friends of Ours which is just a beautiful track, especially when you find out who the subject of the song is and the story behind it. I love Guy Garvey's lyrics and this album has a few gems - my favourite being "You are the only thing in any room you're ever in" from Starlings. And love the lyrics on An Audience with the Pope - "I have an audience with the pope and I'm saving the world at 8, but if she says she needs me everybody's gonna have to wait". I'm quite surprised this album isn't higher up on the overall chart.
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From 09/03/2021 17:28
Whenever someone using the adjective "mature" to describe music I cringe. Yet I also think of this album
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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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