So when the bands new album, Build A Rocket Boys!, showed up with a bunch of mushy, mid-tempo pop tunes, I was very, very confused.
There is nothing on Boys! that even suggests that this is the same group of Grounds for Divorce. There are string-laden arrangements, maudlin lyrics, weird arrangements that include steel drums, and generally weak tracks. Sure, Neat Little Rows pounds like a good rock track, but it doesnt have any oomph other than volume.
Jesus Is a Rochdale Girl is the only track that calls up Elbows former raw power, and its a mellow acoustic number. The arrangement is cut to the bone, resulting in a vital and important sound.
Im just sad there werent more of those type of tracks hanging around on Build a Rocket Boys!