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The Take Off And Landing Of Everything

Elbow

The Take Off And Landing Of Everything

Album number six from the Manchester alt.rock five-piece recorded partly in Peter Gabriel's studio and completed in their own Salford space

ADM rating[?]

7.7

Label
Fiction
UK Release date
10/03/2014
US Release date
11/03/2014
  1. 10.0 |   Q

    The overall impression is one of a band who are now masterfully in control of their craft. Print edition only

  2. 9.0 |   music OMH

    As long as they carry on producing music with as much soul, heart and beauty that’s contained on The Take Off And Landing Of Everything, Elbow will be with us for some while to come
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  3. 9.0 |   God Is In The TV

    The first Elbow album since ‘Leaders..’ that will have you running to replay it once the record finishes, and not an everyman anthem in sight this time to ruin the flow
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  4. 8.5 |   The Quietus

    This is the freshest sounding Elbow album since the great and underrated Leaders Of The Free World
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  5. 8.2 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    An unpretentious collection of art rock songs that oftentimes deeply resonate
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  6. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    With many of its contemporaries long forgotten or rendered irrelevant, it's easy to appreciate Elbow's longevity, especially when the band keeps releasing albums that remain true to its ethos
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  7. 8.0 |   Beardfood

    Wonder awaits at every turn, and advancing age is laughed off with casual aplomb
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  8. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    That familiar northern, “pint-of-mild” quality has been replaced with something simultaneously beautiful and jarring
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  9. 8.0 |   All Music

    A soundtrack for healing, not wallowing
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  10. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    t takes a few spins to fully appreciate the complexity and ambitious scope at hand here, but this is the type of album that unfolds the longer one marinates in its charms
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  11. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    The Take Off and Landing of Everything gives us mostly familiar surroundings, but it makes for fine company
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  12. 8.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    Between the pub and the high seas, Elbow reset their mission statement here: to navigate the heart’s tides with their art intact
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  13. 8.0 |   The FT

    The music throughout is subtle and involved, throbbing minimalist rhythms coexisting with flourishes reminiscent of the band’s hero Peter Gabriel
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  14. 8.0 |   Digital Spy

    May not be Elbow's strongest record, but it's certainly far from their weakest. Equal parts light and shade, it's a slow-burning beauty - and no less striking for it
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  15. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    A work of faultless skill and assured sophistication, The Take Off and Landing of Everything positions Elbow as one of the most quietly ambitious and rewarding acts of our generation
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  16. 8.0 |   Paste Magazine

    With some of their catalog’s most emotionally rich material, The Take Off… is an album worth sitting with and revisiting
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  17. 8.0 |   Mojo

    These songs turn their gaze forwards, eying up what remains ahead. Print edition only

  18. 8.0 |   Clash

    Compelling and absorbing, ‘The Take Off…’ is a rich and rewarding record
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  19. 8.0 |   The Music

    This sixth album gets cosy drawing a warm beer, taking stock of growing older and slowing down while life around them speeds on
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  20. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Elbow are not soaring here – they’re in a holding pattern, but cruising with enough grace to avoid the danger of crashing
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  21. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Elbow's sixth album sounds like the work of a band who've realised a mass audience loves them not for the big hit, but for what they really are, however improbable that seems
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  22. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    There are still a couple of those textbook Elbow anthems here, although there’s enough heft to the likes of ‘New York Morning’ and the album’s title track to stop them seeming too lightweight
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  23. 8.0 |   DIY

    Elbow sound revitalised here with Garvey proving himself once more to be one of the most eloquent British songwriters around
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  24. 8.0 |   The Independent

    It’s possibly their most homogenous album, most songs riding gentle pulses of percussion, organ and piano, guitars circling the action
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  25. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Sombre and spare, but not in the least bit sober
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  26. 7.0 |   FasterLouder

    Elbow have made an album that’s mostly perfect for rainy Sundays, staring out into soft grey clouds, contemplating the human condition
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  27. 7.0 |   Entertainment.ie

    A murkier affair than their recent releases. It doesn't necessarily have the radio-friendly, award-winning buzz about it that The Seldom Seen Kid had, nor the celebratory everyman nature of its follow-up Build A Rocket Boys!, but when you hold it up to the light songs like 'Charge' and 'My Sad Captains' shine.
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  28. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Everything feels as if it’s been pared back, and that’s presumably the sound of the band beginning to figure out how they can move forward now that the Mercury honeymoon’s over
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  29. 6.7 |   Consequence Of Sound

    In a career predicated on being album artists showing the powerful link between repetition and expectation, Elbow appears to have hit a stride again
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  30. 6.2 |   Pitchfork

    Moments of greatness come, just not often enough. The contorted syncopation and signature-twiddling of “Charge”—as well as its thick keys and dehydrated guitar—establish some real counterpoint and tension, elements the album otherwise mostly lacks
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  31. 6.0 |   NME

    The affable northerners play it too safe
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  32. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    The sound of preaching to the converted
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  33. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Charge is the go-to song on Elbow's sixth album, containing the Bury fivesome's best, and least-best, instincts
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  34. 4.0 |   The Skinny

    While you suspect that Elbow’s arena-filling fan-base will lap up more of the same, coasting of this type is as odd as it is unbecoming
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