Elbow – The Take Off And Landing Of Everything

There is a saying that goes ‘if it isn’t broke don’t fix it’ and that certainly applies to Elbow’s sixth album, that’s not say it’s bad by any means, it just has an air of familiarity about it. Thankfully for the band some fans will champion this, it’s the Elbow they know and love, big sweeping tunes, heartfelt lyrics, it’s a warm hug on a cold day. But by not expanding their sound beyond what we know has in my opinion created just another Elbow album. That said the standard of their output is so good that it is still a great record, not their best, but can hold its own in place alongside their other material. For me the highlight is ‘My Sad Captains’ ‘Another sunrise with my sad captains, With who I choose to lose my mind, And if it’s all we only pass this way but once, What a perfect waste of time’ Guy croons over the sublime music, strings provided once again by the Hallé Orchestra. The title track is this albums equivalent of ‘One Day like This’ but it never really reaches the highs of its sister track. ‘New York Morning’ and ‘Charge’ are both epic songs destined to sound great in the arenas of this year’s tour but other tracks unfortunately don’t fare as well. As a band they are competent musicians, consummate performers and they have a poet as a lyricist I just hope they don’t fall into the trap of becoming boring, I for one believe they’re better than that.

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