🎵 How Good Are They Really 🎵 Elbow

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Stone Roses take their place after one hell of a thread

Leaderboard
Artist Rating
Aretha Franklin 4.64
Nina Simone 4.57
Neil Young 4.48
Miles Davis 4.42
Talking Heads 4.39
R.E.M. 4.38
Beastie Boys 4.36
Otis Redding 4.34
The Velvet Underground 4.33
David Bowie 4.31
The Beatles 4.31
Pixies 4.30
Leonard Cohen 4.30
The Cure 4.28
Boards Of Canada 4.28
Björk 4.27
Mogwai 4.24
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 4.22
Marvin Gaye 4.21
Tom Waits 4.20
Aphex Twin 4.18
PJ Harvey 4.17
Stevie Wonder 4.17
Nirvana 4.15
Joy Division 4.15
Radiohead 4.13
The Supremes 4.13
Pavement 4.12
Prince 4.11
Wu-Tang Clan 4.11
Nick Drake 4.10
Elliott Smith 4.09
Pulp 4.08
Public Enemy 4.08
Sonic Youth 4.08
Sleater-Kinney 4.08
Kate Bush 4.07
OutKast 4.07
Portishead 4.03
Super Furry Animals 4.03
Black Sabbath 4.03
Simon & Garfunkel 4.02
MF DOOM 4.01
Run The Jewels 4.00
Bob Dylan 3.97
Kendrick Lamar 3.97
Low 3.96
Robyn 3.96
The Beach Boys 3.93
Jimi Hendrix 3.93
LCD Soundsystem 3.92
Joni Mitchell 3.89
Massive Attack 3.89
Frank Ocean 3.86
Bruce Springsteen 3.84
Deftones 3.84
Underworld 3.82
The Kinks 3.82
The Clash 3.77
Dolly Parton 3.77
Pet Shop Boys 3.76
Modest Mouse 3.76
Blondie 3.73
Bright Eyes 3.71
Rage Against The Machine 3.71
The National 3.68
Paul Simon 3.68
The Ramones 3.67
ABBA 3.66
Kanye West 3.65
Arcade Fire 3.64
Blur 3.61
Beck 3.59
Elvis Costello 3.59
The Smiths 3.57
Beyoncé 3.54
Yeah Yeah Yeahs 3.54
Eels 3.52
Carly Rae Jepsen 3.51
The Chemical Brothers 3.49
Bob Marley & The Wailers 3.48
Jeff Buckley 3.47
The Flaming Lips 3.46
Hot Chip 3.44
Idlewild 3.42
George Michael 3.41
Madonna 3.40
Manic Street Preachers 3.39
Fleetwood Mac 3.39
The Notorious B.I.G. 3.37
Toots & The Maytals 3.35
The White Stripes 3.34
Supergrass 3.32
Hole 3.31
The Smashing Pumpkins 3.30
Suede 3.30
Steely Dan 3.29
Elton John 3.28
The Pogues 3.28
Kylie Minogue 3.27
The Specials 3.26
Sugababes 3.22
Thin Lizzy 3.22
Hall & Oates 3.21
Rihanna 3.19
The Prodigy 3.18
Led Zeppelin 3.16
Ash 3.16
Pink Floyd 3.15
Taylor Swift 3.14
Jay-Z 3.14
Arctic Monkeys 3.14
Interpol 3.12
TLC 3.12
Los Campesinos! 3.10
The Rolling Stones 3.09
Iron Maiden 3.06
Destiny’s Child 3.05
Primal Scream 3.04
Shower Cans 3.04
The Strokes 3.03
Elvis Presley 3.02
The Bee Gees 2.99
Weezer 2.97
Amy Winehouse 2.95
Girls Aloud 2.93
Frank Sinatra 2.92
2Pac 2.91
The Stone Roses 2.90
The Doors 2.89
Franz Ferdinand 2.89
Ariana Grande 2.88
Lizzo 2.86
Belle And Sebastian 2.85
Britney Spears 2.85
Metallica 2.81
Green Day 2.81
Madness 2.80
Slipknot 2.80
The Jam 2.75
Basement Jaxx 2.75
Oasis 2.71
Whitney Houston 2.69
The Verve 2.67
Slayer 2.65
The Sex Pistols 2.63
Lady Gaga 2.61
Queen 2.60
Billy Joel 2.57
Foo Fighters 2.57
U2 2.55
Justin Timberlake 2.52
Biffy Clyro 2.48
Dire Straits 2.43
The Beautiful South 2.43
Bloc Party 2.41
Cher 2.40
Michael Jackson 2.39
Eminem 2.38
Mariah Carey 2.32
Coldplay 2.31
Rancid 2.26
Guns N’ Roses 2.26
The Killers 2.22
The Who 2.22
Blink-182 2.21
Muse 2.20
Adele 2.05
Kings Of Leon 2.01
The Libertines 1.99
Red Hot Chili Peppers 1.90
The Spice Girls 1.81
Stereophonics 1.74

And now…

Elbow-band-2014

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  • 4
  • 5

0 voters

  • Asleep In The Back
  • Cast Of Thousands
  • Leaders Of The Free World
  • The Seldom Seen Kid
  • Build A Rocket Boys!
  • The Take Off And Landing Of Everything
  • Little Fictions
  • Giants Of All Sizes

0 voters

  • Red
  • Powder Blue
  • Newborn
  • Asleep In The Back
  • Coming Second
  • Ribcage
  • Fallen Angel
  • Fugitive Motel
  • Not A Job
  • Grace Under Pressure
  • Switching Off
  • Forget Myself
  • Leaders Of The Free World
  • Grounds For Divorce
  • One Day Like This
  • The Bones Of You
  • Running To Stand Still
  • Neat Little Rows
  • Open Arms
  • Lippy Kids
  • First Steps
  • New York Morning
  • Fly Boy Blue
  • Lunette
  • My Sad Captains
  • What Time Do You Call This?
  • Lost Worker Bee
  • Magnificent (She Says)
  • Gentle Storm
  • Golden Slumbers
  • Dexter & Sinister
  • Empires
  • White Noise White Heat
  • My Trouble

0 voters

I like them
First album is one of my all time favourites, next 3 are all good.

Drop in standard after that but with some lovely moments. Last album was really good

Something about eyes
Something also about the BBC performance of ‘The loneliness of a tower crane driver’

4

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Weird band feel like due to the ubiquity of One Day Like This and how I didn’t like it when I 1st heard it and still don’t like quite a bit of the stuff since due to it being a bit bobbins it should be like 1/5.

But, at the same time I get those 1st few albums I completely understand the environment they were created in They really do evoke the streets round the Eagle in Salford in a very weird way. So for that it should be 4/5.

And then wasn’t one of them donating to some dodgy organisation? Genuinely might be wrong on this.

Can’t believe I’ve wasted this much time on Elbow 2/5.

Asleep In The Back is fucking brilliant, the next two are massively underrated I think. Was a bit bored of them by Seldom Seen Kid, but it has its moments. Haven’t been bothered by anything they’ve done since really, find it all quite dull. First three records are worth a 4 though.

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Oh minus a point for the drummer (?) being a massive transphobe cunt.

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The first thing I ever heard by Elbow and still their best I reckon

2/5

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I like that one riff on Grounds for Divorce but everything else I’ve heard has been so very, very dull. Probably a 2 because they’re not excruciatingly bad and none of them has done anything reprehensible to my knowledge but I’d be perfectly happy if I never had to hear them again.

EDIT: just seen Funkhouser’s point about the drummer, 1 it is.

Gonna be a lot of complaining about Elbow getting a shoeing ITT isn’t there (even though they’ll probably get loads of love). Shouldn’t make such boring music then. 2.

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There was something mildly decent going on with their first couple of albums, but since then they have settled into an arseachingly dull dishwater groove. Just not interested at all.

I recorded them doing an acoustic session when promoting cast of thousands

Guy and mark sat right in front of me and played fugitive motel, not a job and switching off.

Pretty special moment

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  • My name is in the Cast Of Thousands sleeve notes

0 voters

4/5. Some absolutely gorgeous tunes, and I’m able to parse out the naff ones and all the eye stuff. Can see why people can’t though.

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the first two records are tremendous but there’s undoubtedly been a drop in quality from that point on

they also released a b-sides compilation then left their two best b-sides off it

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Seldom Seen Kid won the Mercury in a year that Untrue and In Rainbows were nominated.

It’s up there with voting for Trump.

2

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First album was good. Guy Garvey seems like a good chap which makes it all the more complexing as to why he’s sticking with the transphobic cunt Craig Potter

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never knew this? what has he said/done?

Despite its ubiquity, I really like One Day Like This.

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