The Take Off and Landing of Everything

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Elbow recorded their sixth album at Real World Studios, making the connection between themselves and Peter Gabriel plain. Much of this connection comes from the husky, subdued rasp of lead singer Guy Garvey, but the band on a whole favors a similar kind of accessible art rock where the textures are lucid yet elliptical while the songs are sturdy and melodic, wearing their accouterments well. This blend helped make 2011's Build a Rocket Boys! into a sizable hit in their native Britain and throughout Europe, but The Take Off and Landing of Everything is better still, demonstrating that the band knows how to seize the spoils of success. This assurance -- relaxed ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Elbow recorded their sixth album at Real World Studios, making the connection between themselves and Peter Gabriel plain. Much of this connection comes from the husky, subdued rasp of lead singer Guy Garvey, but the band on a whole favors a similar kind of accessible art rock where the textures are lucid yet elliptical while the songs are sturdy and melodic, wearing their accouterments well. This blend helped make 2011's Build a Rocket Boys! into a sizable hit in their native Britain and throughout Europe, but The Take Off and Landing of Everything is better still, demonstrating that the band knows how to seize the spoils of success. This assurance -- relaxed and deliberate, confident enough to play up both melodies and cool, echoing abstractions in the production -- belies how much of the album was written in the wake of the dissolution of Garvey's long-term romantic relationship, but The Take Off isn't strictly a breakup album. Rather, it's a record of coming to term with middle age, finding that there is a birth that accompanies every death, joy to balance the sorrow, an understanding that comes with acceptance. Garvey conveys these issues in his lyrics but, as a band, Elbow reflect this comfortable reckoning with their own nature, letting sadness creep at the edges but favoring a warm, enveloping melancholy that turns the album into a soundtrack for healing, not wallowing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/11/2014
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 888072353237
  • Catalog Number: 35323
  • Sales rank: 29,029

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elbow Primary Artist
Bob Marsh Trumpet
Lyn Fletcher Violin, Leader
Janey Hallett Cello
Tim Barber Trumpet
Piero Gasparini Viola
Guy Garvey Vocals
Jimi Goodwin Vocals
Craig Potter Keyboards
Mark Potter Guitar
Pete Turner Bass
Richard Jupp Drums
Caroline Abbott Violin
Elizabeth Bosworth Violin
Julian Mottram Viola
Grania Royce Violin
Beatrice Schirmer Double Bass
Simon Turner Cello
Chris Emerson Viola
Daniel Storer Double Bass
Pete McPhail Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Sax (Sopranino)
John Purton Violin
Paulette Bayley Violin
Rachel Meerloo Double Bass
Dale Clifford Cello
Zoe Colman Violin
The Hallé Strings
Steven Proctor Violin
Rosemary Attree Violin
Katharine Curlett Trumpet
Julia Hanson Violin
Technical Credits
Danny Evans Engineer
Guy Garvey Composer, Lyricist, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Elbow Composer
Craig Potter Producer
Chris Worsey Score
Paul West Layout
Tim Young Mastering
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