Build a Rocket Boys! Elbow (DVD)

PUBLISHED : Friday, 22 July, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 22 July, 2011, 12:00am


One word sums up Elbow's fifth album, Build a Rocket Boys! - poetry.

The collection follows the format Elbow does best: a mix of dreamy guitar and piano-led melodies, bluesy guitar riffs and poetic lyrics. The band claim that lyrically the songs recount the ups and downs - mostly downs - of being young, seen through the eyes of someone who both loved and hated the experience.

The minimalist track Jesus Is a Rochdale Girl is based on singer Guy Garvey's poem in which he recalls his first love - a girl he knew before he found success.

Some critics may claim there is little difference between these tracks and those on the previous four albums. But people still love them - because they are good.

Garvey's distinctive vocals are often mournful and imbue the album with a sense of heartfelt sorrow that helps the tracks resonate with listeners.

One of the stand-out tracks is the downbeat opener The Birds, in which Garvey sings: 'Though I wore your glacial patience/ To a smudge of bitter dust/ On the last day you embraced me/ With a glistening sapling trust.'

In an interesting reprise, The Birds is sung by John Moseley, an elderly piano tuner, rather than Garvey, in a nod to the idea of mortality.

Elbow's new album does not disappoint.