11 Songs, 51 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Faced with a success like Mercury Prize-winner The Seldom Seen Kid some acts would be incapable of resisting a retread. Not Elbow. Sonically ambitious but thematically familiar, Build a Rocket Boys! finds new textures within the band’s established brand of festival-ready melancholia, most notably with “Open Arms”—which transfers the surging romanticism of “One Day Like This” to the “finger rolls and folding chairs” of a tear-soaked family homecoming.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Faced with a success like Mercury Prize-winner The Seldom Seen Kid some acts would be incapable of resisting a retread. Not Elbow. Sonically ambitious but thematically familiar, Build a Rocket Boys! finds new textures within the band’s established brand of festival-ready melancholia, most notably with “Open Arms”—which transfers the surging romanticism of “One Day Like This” to the “finger rolls and folding chairs” of a tear-soaked family homecoming.

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