Elbow, 'Build a Rocket Boys!' (Fiction)

Build a Rocket Boys!
Critical Mass
Release Date: March 8, 2011
Label: Fiction

by Doug Brod

Call it dream pomp. On the fifth studio album from these Manchester-based Mercury Prize winners, drama king Guy Garvey once again lends his soothing, pashmina-smooth voice to casually hypnotic tracks that occupy the space between So-era Peter Gabriel and OK Computer-era Radiohead. The title's missing comma notwithstanding, there's tremendous attention to detail, particularly on the swooning "Lippy Kids"and glorious, gospelly "With Love." Expansiveyet intimate, ornate yet seductive, this is capital-A Art rock without pretense,but with tremendousheart.

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