Build a Rocket Boys!

Fiction / Cooperative Music USA / Downtown Records
Release date
8 Mar 2011
Running length
11 tracks
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1 The Birds 8:04 68,294
2 Lippy Kids 6:06 89,299
3 With Love 4:13 60,833
4 Neat Little Rows 5:40 56,571
5 Jesus Is a Rochdale Girl 3:18 54,330
6 The Night Will Always Win 4:25 53,863
7 High Ideals 5:40 47,861
8 The River 2:51 45,872
9 Open Arms 4:54 57,728
10 The Birds (Reprise) 1:31 40,956
11 Dear Friends 5:01 44,786

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  • dAdriano


    29 Aug 2013 Reply
  • eyespyhifi

    Great album! calb16 is right as per the Guardian article. Mr. Garvey said lower case is where it's at ;-)

    23 Nov 2011 Reply
  • BrenoTrivelatto

    Yeah, time to get rid of those lowercased tags. It wasn't fun.

    11 Aug 2011 Reply
  • fncyclps

    OMG it's elbow, not Elbow... can't you see it? :p These lowercased tags are so ridiculous...

    5 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Xemper

    Nominated for the Mercury Prize!

    19 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Picodran

    the tags. please. they make me crazy! D:

    1 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Bowen72

    They seem to be channeling the Beta Band on this album - and that is in no way a criticism!!

    1 Jul 2011 Reply
  • kaftoskaitsiou

    R.Good effort!

    16 Apr 2011 Reply
  • josfox

    @calb16 Think Guy's maybe taking the piss a bit, there.

    6 Apr 2011 Reply
  • calb16

    @celticshk because that's how the tracks are on the album sleeve. As Guy says here ( - "Elbow's fifth album will be called build a rocket boys! – "lowercase, with an exclamation mark," Garvey said. "Very important, that.""

    31 Mar 2011 Reply
  • topjim

    Once again. Sheer class. Good job 'boys'

    26 Mar 2011 Reply
  • celticshk

    Why do the song names become all lowercase? FAIL!

    25 Mar 2011 Reply
  • MShmakov

    each new album show new face of them/ brilliant

    21 Mar 2011 Reply
  • SteveGeek

    OK ...I've listened to the whole album 4 or 5 times now and it is most definitely a grower. My fav tracks: Lippy Kids "..i never perfected the simian they know those days are golden...", a delicate little song. Understated like the band. Also Dear Friends " are the stars I navigate home by...". Turn up the volume / bass at 3:03...possibly the best song ever by Elbow...IMHO.

    17 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Beat_C

    melinda, you make it sound like they are the epitome of dadrock, LOL.

    17 Mar 2011 Reply
  • MelindaM12

    The reason I love Elbow is that every album is a surprise. I've been a long time fan of elbow and I really like the fact that this album is full of tiny delicate keys, bass and strings lines/melodies that acturally make a huge impact on a song as a whole. The production of this album is fantastic, every instrument and key change is considered. Again shows what an incedible bunch of musicians Elbow are. Guy's voice and lyrics as ever are mature and beautiful.

    15 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Jearoon

    A much more understated album than TSSK, more akin to their first two. I'm not so sure as many songs from this album would feature in my 'favourite Elbow songs' list as their last, but it's still a great listen, and possibly flows better as a whole. And Guy's lyrics are as brilliantly poetic as usual. :)

    15 Mar 2011 Reply
  • Maupertus

    Although I like Seldom Seen Kid a lot, I love the fact that Elbow has gone 'back' at least for one album to the intimacy that I felt when I bought Asleep in the Back in 2001. It's better, a more consistent album, even then Cast Of Thousands, my former favorite.

    13 Mar 2011 Reply
  • H2ONeon

    Im not enjoying this as much as i enjoyed TSSK.. but hopefully its a grower!. But yea, not enjoying it AT ALL!!

    13 Mar 2011 Reply
  • SteveGeek

    Amazing how distinctive these guys are...nothing quite like them. Can always tell one of their songs. Just half way through listening to Build a Rocket Boys! and already love the album. Thinking of seeing them live at O2 later this month...last saw them in 2005 at Reading and they left me with a lump in my throat.

    12 Mar 2011 Reply
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