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Courting the Squall

Guy Garvey

Courting the Squall

Debut solo album from the Elbow frontman with the help of members from I Am Kloot and The Whip

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  1. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Finds Garvey and his “favourite players outside Elbow” on superlative, genre-hopping form. Print edition only

  2. 8.0 |   Q

    For fans it’s a win-win: another angle on one of Britain’s best songwriters. Print edition only

  3. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Lyrically, as ever, Garvey's skill lies in combining romantic poeticism with sandpaper wit
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  4. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    A collection of songs from a musician unencumbered by expectation or industry pressure
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  5. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Courting the Squall sees him engage with similar topics, but the music is different (and possibly signposts Elbow’s next steps?)
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  6. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    This is the best album Garvey has worked on since The Seldom Seen Kid
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  7. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    As vivid and beautiful as Elbow
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  8. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Garvey goes down a storm with songs straight from the heart
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  9. 7.0 |   music OMH

    As down-to-earth and likeable as its creator, this is an enjoyable collection that mostly avoids the pitfalls of solo albums by members of successful bands that are still very much a going concern
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  10. 7.0 |   Gig Soup

    Ultimately, 'Courting the Squall' is full of engaging charm and portrays all of the romanticism and wit that Guy Garvey has undoubtedly become known for
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  11. 6.0 |   Beardfood

    A very hit and miss project
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  12. 6.0 |   PopMatters

    There's not a lot of squall in Elbow frontman Guy Garvey's solo debut, but there are more than enough promising moments to justify this eclectic venture
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  13. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Nuanced music for grownups
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  14. 6.0 |   DIY

    His solo work casts an intriguing light on the songwriter’s day job, but stands up on its own as a fine piece of work
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  15. 6.0 |   NME

    ‘Courting…’’s most alluring moves, though, come with the brilliant junkyard blues bits; ‘Angela’s Eyes’ and ‘Yesterday’
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  16. 6.0 |   The Music

    Many of these homely songs feel like they should have been on Build A Rocket Boys, but without the jagged bluster
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  17. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    How much you value such gently experimental foraging over Elbow’s typically rousing melodies might determine your enjoyment of this
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