The Take Off and Landing of Everything - CONCORD
FILTER Grade: 81%
By Nevin Martell on March 10, 2014
You slow down as you get older, or so the saying goes. Such is the case of Elbow. The songs on their sixth studio set unfurl languidly, in delicate slow motion. Opener “This Blue World” meanders past the seven-minute marker in search of a payoff that it never quite finds. Yet, there are flashes of rewarding vigor from the Mancunian fivesome. “Charge,” a slowly loping mood setter, would have been the perfect soundtrack for a desert driving sequence in Natural Born Killers, while “Fly Boy Blue/Lunette” is punctuated by the squall of strings and feedback fuzz. This is stately, gentlemanly music—the sound of aging gracefully.