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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 28, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Ume Imports
  • ASIN: B00005UUQO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,279 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Debut release by melancholy Bury indie band. Their acousticsong structures and lush production work have drawn comparisons with Doves and Radiohead. Features songs from the 'New Born' and 'Any Day Now' EPs and the top 40 single 'Red'.

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There are few albums that I feel reach any great musical plateus in every song.
Jonah Chambers
With albums like this and the latest by the Doves, the future of rock music could be very bright.
DC Peterson
Enough said really...give this album a few listens through and you'll appreciate it's brilliance.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 13, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Elbow is one of those deeply depressed British rock bands (like South) that don't have a lot of CDs out -- but what they do have is truly phenomenal. The murky, lush music swirls with unhappiness and a sort of downtrodden desperation, making "Asleep in the Back" a morbidly sweet experience.

It opens softly with a spacey electronic backdrop and some solid drums, and Guy Garvey's sweet vocals over it in the solemn "Any Day Now." A hint of piano-rock comes in with the rich "Red," title song and complex "Powder Blue." Other songs like "Bitten by the Tailfly" are more conventional rock song, with funereal chants, muted vocals, sizzling basslines and ominous percussion.

And that's before it gets really dark. "Don't Mix Your Drinks" is an eerily downbeat, almost suicidal-sounding, complete with ghostly feedback popping up here and there. "Presuming Ed (Rest Easy)" sounds like pop for a funeral home. And in the gentle "Can't Stop," Garvey moans, "This has battered me/That's my history/Hold this shaking frame/Pull this back together..."

Only a handful of debuts sound half as good as Elbow's does, especially in rock circles choked by pale imitations of great bands. So to have a band that feels and sounds truly original is a rarity. Here and there are things that remind one of Radiohead or Pink Floyd, but never enough that it feels like they are ripping one of the greats off.

What is really great about "Asleep in the Back" is the instrumentation -- rich, haunting and spacey. Only two songs have that harder rock-y edge; the others are softer, compiled out of piano, some subtle acoustic guitar, and drums that can come to the forefront or melt away into the dense musical backdrop.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By mackem1980 on December 3, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Elbow's "Asleep in the Back" has been described as the first great album of this century.
And it is hard to disagree because this album, when given time, is the most haunting yet beautiful release from a British band for as long as I can remember.
Garvey and co have managed to produce a finally-crafted, multi-layered piece of work packed with gorgeous melodies and spooky effects, all of which are amplified perfectly by Garvey's inimitable voice which is simultaneously husky, tuneful, powerful and subtle.
With "Asleep in the Back", Elbow have mastered the art of subtlety (except in their choice of band name!).
Powder Blue, said to be a love song about two heroin addicts, is a song which I cannot see being bettered for a long long time. Despite its morbid theme, its build up is gradual, centered around a falling piano sequence and a melody which floats along effortlessly, carrying the track to its goose-pimpling conclusion.
To pick out all of the strengths of this hugely promising band would take me all day.
Quite simply, I have only one piece of advice to you all - BUY IT!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sounding on March 8, 2003
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I've been actively listening to music for about 45 years and I continue to have a thirst for new music from anyone putting out something unique and challenging. I have purchased over 300 CDs in the last year or so and this is the best of the bunch. Definitely have to give the nod to Coldplay, as having some similarities, but the musicianship, the mix of sounds, and musical textures and well placed experimentation on Elbow's premier are absolutely amazing!
Gorgeous, "dark" lyrics, great talent, unusual haunting arrangements, good production. You can hear Dave Matthews-like vocal quips too, but don't try to pigeon hole this group too much. They are unique and destined for stardom, if they can stay together long enough. Check out NEWBORN, I believe that's the hit single. Hope they have another one coming soon. If you're interested in great vocal "alt-rock" music this is a must have.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Richard Bell on May 23, 2002
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Guy Garvey and his similarly down-trodden cohorts make absoloutley dazzling music and, though many people are giving them the praise they deserve, they are still a massively underrated band.
Comparing them to Radiohead or Doves is a mistake, for they are a totally unique band and sound like nothing else around at the moment. Maybe some of the songs tread the same ground as Doves (bleak lyrics, ringing guitar, dense atmospherics), but Elbow make it sound incomprehensibly better. They have a greater range and depth than their Manchester contemporaries, utilizing often forgotton instruments such as the mellotron, organ, saxophone and cello. This might give the impression that Elbow are 'Prog-Rock', which may put off some music fans, but their music doesn't employ the bombast, pretentiousness or overt self-indulgence of that most now ill-perceived genre. Using the band's own words, they're ''Prog-Rock without the guitar solos''.
They do, however, use the sometimes legitimately inventive aspect to prog-rock for their own means. The strong songwriting and heartfelt lyrics paired with the imaginative arrangements and often stunning guitar work leaves the listener not depressed, as some reviewers have claimed (wrongly), but intensely moved and uplifted. Another part of Elbow's credentials is Guy Garvey himself, and the amazing voice he possesses. There are points during the album where you think ''is this man for real?!!!'', because of the staggeringly beautiful voice coming from (let's face it) someone that looks totally incapable of it.
By the last track, the stunning 'Scattered Black & Whites', you don't have the urge to get out that old rusty razor blade, but get the urge to get out that old remote control and press play again.
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