Music review: Elbow, The Take Off and Landing of Everything

By Kim Gillespie

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Elbow, The Take Off and Landing of Everything
Elbow, The Take Off and Landing of Everything

The roller coaster of emotions and life events, personal highlights and lowlights that come with reaching a certain age is behind The Take Off and Landing of Everything - Elbow's sixth studio album and follow-up to Build a Rocket, Boys! and the Dead in the Boot compilation.

With 10 tracks, singer Guy Garvey and company present nearly an hour of what they do best - sensitive, soul-searching music that takes its time to tell its story. They like their anthems. Several tracks exceed six minutes, a couple are over seven. It's like Bury, Manchester's response to Sheffield's Arctic Monkeys and their short sharp indie rock bursts.

Elbow's most important instrument is Garvey's voice, rich with feeling - be it joy, pain or loss.

There are too many highlights to mention, but Fly Boy Blue/Lunette is both fun and melancholy and first single New York Morning is vintage epic singalong Elbow.

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