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Proficient but a bit underwhelming.
on 30 September 2017
I really enjoyed the earlier albums by Elbow but haven't listened to them that much of late. I saw them in concert over the summer and was inspired to buy a more recent album. This is ok but not much more, and for me, not a patch on their best work. Guy Garvey still has that wonderfully rich, gravelly voice, and the band are all accomplished musicians but the album lacks any stand out tracks or anything that is remotely memorable. The emphasis seems to be on the lyrics, which at times over-complicated and seem to be merely accompanied by backing music, rather than combining with an engaging melody to make an integrated or effective song. The songs tend to be very similar and the album as a whole is just a bit dull and monotonous. Elbow are a good band but this isn't their finest hour, try some of their earlier albums which are excellent.