Elbow

The Take Off and Landing of Everything

Concord

Apr 30, 2014 Web Exclusive Bookmark and Share


It's been 13 years since the release of Elbow's debut album, Asleep in the Back, and the Mancunian outfit's track record of understated success is long established. On its sixth studio effort, Guy Garvey and company soar to new heights, even if the vocalist experienced a bit of personal turmoil in the form of a difficult breakup during the recording process. Whatever he went through is channeled into painfully honest and even brooding lyrics that are a constant theme throughout 10 expansive, cinematic tracks.      

The subtle yet bold introduction of secondary instruments like the strings on "Fly Boy Blue/Lunette" and the horns on "My Sad Captains" helps accentuate Garvey's soulful vocals and delicate harmonies. It also allows for the rhythm section to effortlessly develop behind Garvey and remain focused for the entire 57 minutes.

The Take Off and Landing of Everything doesn't deviate too far from the formula that the quintet has concocted over the years. With many of its contemporaries long forgotten or rendered irrelevant, it's easy to appreciate Elbow's longevity, especially when the band keeps releasing albums that remain true to its ethos. (www.elbow.co.uk)

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