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Giants of All Sizes


Giants of All Sizes

Album number eight from the Manchester alt.rock band includes a guest appearance from Jesca Hoop

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  1. 9.0 |   music OMH

    They’ve always confronted sadness with beauty and it’s a tactic that continues to serve them well here
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  2. 8.5 |   Under The Radar

    Elbow have proven to be one of the most reliable and entertaining rock bands around and Giants of All Sizes has plenty of spectacular music to make it a 2019 top 10 contender
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  3. 8.0 |   The FT

    The band dial down the positivity and mix telling imagery with bristling bass and sharp percussion
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  4. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    It’s the sound of an ambitious band pushing against mid-career stasis

  5. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Elbow reflect an unruly world here, but if they sometimes loose faith, they never lose heart. Print edition only

  6. 8.0 |   Q

    The message is clear: you can't write a One Day Like This in days like these. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   Paste Magazine

    Addressing Brexit and his father’s death, Guy Garvey still finds the light at the end of the tunnel
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  8. 8.0 |   All Music

    The aptly named Giants of All Sizes draws from every era of the group, and lands somewhere between the widescreen dynamics of their Mercury Prize-short-listed debut, the workmanlike grandiosity of Seldom Seen Kid, and the aching melancholy of The Take Off and Landing of Everything
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  9. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Garvey’s words despairingly drag, as national and personal certainties are violently dashed
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  10. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Giants of All Sizes is not an album to be filleted and squashed into playlists; it’s the sort of deeply serious and carefully crafted work that would sprout a beard and a cable-knit jumper if you turned your back on it for a second
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  11. 8.0 |   Uncut

    There are moments of redemption as songs such as "On Deronda Road" and Weightless" celebrate life's capacity for renewal. But make no mistake: this is a dark record for dark times. Print edition only

  12. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    With Giants of All Sizes, Elbow conclude the 2010s with another addition to their streak of brilliant records
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  13. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Garvey is an eternal optimist who sees the light in everything, and so even as he holds a mirror to these troubled times, there’s plenty of hope to be found
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  14. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    It’s a dislocated Elbow that you get on this proggy, restless record – but their sense of empathy is still strong
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  15. 8.0 |   XS Noize

    Proof that after eight LP’s and the loss of a long-standing key member of their band that Elbow is still able to innovate, draw the best of their established sound without falling into the trap of reinventing the wheel or plagiarising the sound of their last LP
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  16. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Musically, it’s varied and adventurous; thematically, it sees the world’s present darkness and raises it hope. A vital record
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  17. 7.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Elbow plant their feet and sing out defiantly with love.
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  18. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    Elbow return with yet another measured and often exceptionally good record that is equally very them (Weightless) and a group trying to foil expectations (White Noise White Heat, The Delayed 3:15). A period of transition begins
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