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Flying Dream 1


Flying Dream 1

Album number nine from the Manchester alt.rock band recorded in an empty Theatre Royal in Brighton

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  1. 10.0 |   XS Noize

    Flying Dream I is a heady, glimmering treasure-trove of blissful yet powerfully on point lyricism paired with distinctly dreamy and articulate melodies that create the signature magical experience that is Elbow
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  2. 9.0 |   Uncut

    There's a gorgeously somnambulant yet softly romantic feel to these 10 songs. Print edition only

  3. 8.2 |   Paste Magazine

    Guy Garvey and co. return with the prettiest songs of their storied career
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  4. 8.0 |   Albumism

    In these crazy times, losing yourself in daydreams can be an effective way to reclaim some modicum of hope, and Flying Dream 1 might just be the perfect soundtrack for taking these flights of the mind
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  5. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    'Flying Dream 1' is an album that rewards repeated listens, rather than giving an instant payout
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  6. 8.0 |   musicOMH

    Although there are unlikely to be any tracks which will prove to be a ubiquitous presence in our lives, such as One Day Like This was, Flying Dream 1 is, in many respects, a typical Elbow album – warm, comforting and sincere. It’s also a record that many of us need after the last two years
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  7. 8.0 |   Gigwise

    A beautiful and refined work
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  8. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Garvey's lyricism is elevated by the subtle complexity of the music, clarinets, choral voices and churchy keyboards whispering through the vents of these sons, causing a quiet stir. Print edition only

  9. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Elbow’s Flying Dream 1 trusts its listeners, asking us to hold a quiet space for the music and let it reveal itself over time
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  10. 8.0 |   The Observer

    The northern romanticists’ lockdown album opens out into gentle, restrained songs of warmth and empathy
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  11. 8.0 |   Northern Transmissions

    It’s a stunningly beautiful album, with Garvey’s signature vocals at the forefront and the band’s talented instrumentation on display
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  12. 8.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    On their ninth album, Mancunian mainstays Elbow ditch their traditional largesse in favor of something more restrained and lush, and, in turn, give us something truly special to carry us through winter
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  13. 6.0 |   NME

    Bury's finest return with a record that reflects on times and friends gone by
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  14. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    a soft-spoken collection of vivid vignettes, driven by warm piano and Garvey’s well-honed sincerity
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