Finds these thoughtful Brits exploring even more emotional territory. [Mar 2004, p.96]
It's human where Radiohead are impenetrable, but complex where Coldplay are banal.... Elbow remain unquantifiably great. [Sep 2003, p.100]
A record that anyone whos ever demanded anything interesting from rock music should hear.
Just when this occasionally draggy album threatens to give in to its own malaise, the band interjects a lound, jarring organ or jagged noise. [23/30 Jan 2004, p.98]
She's managed to improve on her last record, the universally adored "Back to Me," thanks to progressively mature songwriting, a stellar backing band, and solid production
While the first album broods, the 11 songs on this disc are mostly smooth and flowing.
Cast of Thousands rides the borders of sentimentality expertly-- Elbow's new-found hope in unity may seem like idealistic drivel on paper, but is carried off on record with refreshing determination.