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  • Summary: The eighth full-length studio release for the British rock band features contributions from Chilli Chilton, Jesca Hoop and The Plumedores.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
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  1. Oct 15, 2019
    90
    There might be more anger, darkness and politics on this album but Giants Of All Sizes shows they are still fundamentally one of the best bands around at offering consolation and comfort when the surrounding turbulence threatens to get too much.
  2. Oct 11, 2019
    85
    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.
  3. Q Magazine
    Oct 10, 2019
    80
    Garvey sounds different, too, willing to sit with his fears rather than chase them away with optimism and charm. ... It's all the more moving because Elbow have taken such a raw, self-questioning route to get there. [Nov 2019, p.113]
  4. Oct 10, 2019
    80
    Musically, Giants of All Sizes is richer and stranger than anything they’ve released since their commercial breakthrough. Even when it finally settles back into more comfortable lyrical terrain – My Trouble’s hymning of cosy domesticity, On Deronda Street’s paean to parenthood – the music strays beyond their usual comfort zone: ragged and underpinned by glitchy electronic beats. It suits them out there.
  5. Oct 10, 2019
    80
    Musically, it’s varied and adventurous; thematically, it sees the world’s present darkness and raises it hope. A vital record.
  6. Oct 14, 2019
    80
    Though the atmosphere surrounding Giants of All Sizes is much heavier than on any of the band’s other records this decade, Garvey still finds some hope through it all. The final three songs (“My Trouble,” “On Deronda Road” and “Weightless”) are optimistic as he discovers strength in his loved ones and friends in the reverberation of all of the recent negative events in his life.
  7. 80
    Perhaps their greatest album since their Mercury Prize-winning breakthrough The Seldom Seen Kid, released over a decade ago.

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  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
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  1. Oct 14, 2019
    9
    A definitive Elbow release. it still retains the elegance of recent records whilst harking back to the melancholic, experimental edges thatA definitive Elbow release. it still retains the elegance of recent records whilst harking back to the melancholic, experimental edges that informed earlier material. Dark but hopeful, bleak yet beautiful, this is a truly stunning return. Expand
  2. Oct 17, 2019
    9
    Nothing has really come close to The Seldom Seen Kid until now. I have listened to Giants of all Sizes non-stop all week and not got boredNothing has really come close to The Seldom Seen Kid until now. I have listened to Giants of all Sizes non-stop all week and not got bored once. It contains some simply gorgeous melodies and some genuinely heart-felt moments of vocal delivery that jump out at me especially in My Trouble.

    It was White Noise, White Heat that first made me sit up and pay attention. Overall, this is a melancholic album but seems to convey the joy of living still. There are some interesting rhythms and arrangements to keep you happy for many listens. A 2019 must!
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  3. Oct 14, 2019
    8
    I agree with the professional critics on this one. While it does stray from typical Elbow territory, this is a very accomplished album. II agree with the professional critics on this one. While it does stray from typical Elbow territory, this is a very accomplished album. I think the best stuff on the album had already been released as singles, so there were very little surprises in that respect. The unreleased tracks are perhaps a little underwhelming and maybe a tad disappointing. That being said, one track they hadn't released as a single,My Trouble, is probably my favourite, melody-wise, the most gorgeous thing Elbow have ever produced. As always, it is the lyrics where Elbow really excel. Perhaps my only real criticism of this album is that it is way too short. I enjoyed it as much, if not slightly more than Little Fictions. I think composition wise, this is an album you have to listen to as an album, whereas Little Fictions was more like a compilation of singles. Best album since their debut? Perhaps. Expand

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