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Album 14 - The Take Off and Landing of Everything by Elbow - A Most Illuminating Tale
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Robert Wells or Mr Waters
Date: 2.53 pm, Wednesday 19th March, 2014
Subject: Album 14 - The Take Off and Landing of Everything by Elbow
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I'd got to the point that I thought I could just cut and paste my review of an Elbow album and this has proved me wrong. And not in a good way.

The standard elbow album sings about soaring. It walks and it runs and it jumps, but it never quite takes off. This is the downside to the way they write and record. The upside is that every second of the record is filled with layers and layers of carefully mixed sound. Months of experimenting, filling the gaps, finding the sound that will be unlike anyone else. And although they don't fly, they make running beautiful.

This, however, keeps its feet on the floor. The sound is sparse. A lot of really generic synths. It takes a long time to get anywhere, and where it gets is where the last album began. Don't get me wrong. Elbow walking are better than most bands at their best, but this isn't Guy Garvey's finest hour.
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