Elbow - The Take Off and Landing of Everything

Veteran British band Elbow are something akin to artisans in the world of modern progressive music, skilled craftsmen who create eclectic epics that manage to retain breathtaking beauty and refined power without coming across as pretentious twits -- not an easy feat. Sixth studio album The Take Off and Landing of Everything (March 11, Concord) has plenty of what creative frontman Guy Garvey calls the "big themes," a "celebratory" sound and lyrics tied to retrospection and the aging process. "When you’re 40, you're all ages at once," he says, "because you're thinking of your youth, which has very definitely passed, and about how you became the person you are. You wonder about how the rest of your life plays out from here." With it's many expansive and evolving 5 to 7 minute tracks of graceful, subtle art/rock, it's fitting that Elbow chose Peter Gabriel's Real World studio for part of the album's recording: Garvey and Gabriel, longtime admirers, share a similar artistic style and adventurous spirit. Click through to stream (and watch) "Fly Boy Fly / Lunette)". Sample the album here...

Elbow - "New York Morning" (from The Take Off and Landing of Everything)

Elbow - "Fly Boy Fly / Lunette" (from The Take Off and Landing of Everything)

 

"It's to do with the fact that there have been lots of life events…There are five members of the band, people have split up, go together, had children, it never stops."
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Garvey explained the new album’s working title ties in with its main theme, of the five band members approaching their forties. He said: "When you’re 40, you're all ages at once, because you're thinking of your youth, which has very definitely passed, and about how you became the person you are. You wonder about how the rest of your life plays out from here."
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