Elbow

Album Review 738: Elbow – The Take Off And Landing Of Everything

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Jake: 84/100

Tom: 82/100

Overview:   Elbow have always been endearing, and The Takeoff and Landing of Everything underscores this fact in spades. Frontman Guy Garvey dealt with a romantic breakup while the group was writing the record, while simultaneously falling in love with New York City (especially New York in the morning); needless to say he had plenty to write endearing tunes about. But it’s not just the lyrics that embark on a morose journey, the music follows suit. The expansive soundscapes found on the band’s previous record Build A Rocket Boys! aren’t nearly as sprawling, with the band focusing on long, focused tracks that emphasize a steady beat and repeated melodies. These tracks aren’t afraid to change directions; most of the tracks involve some sort of shift in structure. Overall this record was a grower for us. Each track is well-written and conveys a cohesive mood.

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Jake’s Track Picks: 

  • 2. Charge
  • 3. Fly Boy Blue / Lunette
  • 5. Real Life (Angel)
  • 7. My Sad Captains
  • 9. The Take Off and Landing of Everything

Tom’s Track Picks: 

  • 1. This Blue World
  • 3. Fly Boy Blue / Lunette
  • 4. New York Morning
  • 7. My Sad Captains
  • 9. The Take Off and Landing of Everything

 


 

Album Review 452: Elbow – The Seldom Seen Kid

Jake: 95/100

Tom: 97/100

Overview:  The Seldom Seen Kid is simply a modern day masterpiece. Every element of this album operates as one cohesive movement. Fantastic songwriting, vocals and lyrics are found on every track causing the listening experience to transcend to a level few other artists can claim to have achieved.  This is a great starting point for those who have not been exposed to Elbow’s music yet and discography highlight for returning fans.


 

Jake’s Track Picks: 

  • 3. Mirrorball
  • 4. Grounds for Divorce
  • 9. Some Riot
  • 10.  One Day Like This
  • 11. Friend of Ours

Tom’s Track Picks: 

  • 3. Mirrorball
  • 4. Grounds for Divorce
  • 7. The Loneliness of a Tower Crane Driver
  • 9. Some Riot
  • 10.  One Day Like This

 


 

Album Review 296: Elbow – Build A Rocket Boys!

Jake: Highly Recommended, 100/100

Tom: Highly Recommended, 100/100

Overview: Unless you just don’t like their British art-rock sound, it’s damn near impossible to think of anything bad about Elbow’s latest album. The songs offer a huge variety of structures and moods, every track is superb, the production enhances the sound perfectly, and I could keep going all day. This album is amazing, and you should probably listen to it. NOW!

Recommended Similar Artists: Doves, Coldplay, Peter Gabriel

 

Jake’s Track Picks: 

  • 2. Lippy Kids
  • 5. Jesus Is A Rochdale Girl
  • 9. Open Arms
  • 11. Dear Friends

Tom’s Track Picks: 

  • 1. The Birds
  • 2. Lippy Kids
  • 3. With Love
  • 7. High Ideals
  • 11. Dear Friends
  • Samuel Cooke
    #1 written by Samuel Cooke 4 years ago

    Wow, surprised to see BARB was more highly rated by you guys than SSK. I haven’t really gotten into Elbow but this score caught me off guard. What about it, in your opinions, makes it a 100/100 album?

    Great site guys, keep it up!

    • VIMTV
      #2 written by VIMTV  4 years ago

      Thanks! I think to summarize why this one got a 100/100 for us (in hindsight), is that they just succeeded on several aspects that we always listen for: variety in the songwriting styles and structures, a strong emotional connection, consistent quality throughout the record, production that complements the songwriting, attention to detail and composition… and, I mean, we just really liked it. Elbow is a really fascinating band that has just never put out anything bad and truly know who they are.

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