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The lyrics are pure poetry, The songs are very similar.,
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This review is from: The Take Off And Landing Of Everything [Double Lp Set] [VINYL] (Vinyl)
I bought this album on vinyl, from here the day of release as I had it on pre order as soon as I saw it advertised a few months ago on the bands website, I consider myself a fan of elbow, and on the most part, I find their music Absorbing, stimulating, and immersive. The lyrics on this album are exceptional, beautiful, and intellectually stimulating. If you were doing an A-level in English literature i'm sure you would find the material on the album as interesting to study as some of the classic writers and poets,it truly is a wonderful ride through the emotions of a great lyricist. Guys voice is as good as it always is, he has a lovely warmth and ability to deliver the passion and truth of the wording of the lyrics.
I have listened to the album around 15 times in the car, I have read the reviews on the site concerning this album, and I agree with many of the comments made but at the moment I feel that this album isn't as strong as other releases, it feels completely different to me from a listening perspective, musicianship is as good as ever but I find the songs very hard going, this may change but at the moment I feel there is too much of a similarity between the songs. My partner also an elbow fan has listened to the album with me and agrees 100% with what I say, she feels that the music is quite depressing at times. Many of the songs are very slow and the standout track to me is My Sad Captains which I feel is head and shoulders above the others. The album to me obviously is new in content lyrically superb as I have previously mentioned, but I feel that it will take a lot of getting used to and hopefully I'll grow to love it as I do the other five albums. The material is not exciting and if you are new convert to the group I'd check out earlier albums before this one as it is very deep and hasn't got any foot tapping music on it.
I'm going to see them in Leeds in a few weeks at the new arena, and it will be interesting to find out how these cuts translate and are received on the live platform, I do feel people who haven't heard it may find it a bit too lid back but I'm hoping I'm wrong.