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FUV's New Dig: Elbow

by Darren DeVivo
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The Take Off And Landing Of Everything
Elbow
Concord Records


Since coming together in 1990 and bouncing through a few name changes, Elbow has earned critical and popular acclaim at home in Britain for their first five studio albums. Now in 2014, Guy Garvey (lead vocals, guitars), Richard Jupp (drums, percussion), Craig Potter (keyboards), Mark Potter (guitars and backing vocals) and Pete Turner (bass, backing vocals) have offered their fans their sixth full-length release.

The Take Off And Landing Of Everything is like a fog gradually rolling in, slowly enveloping the listener. Elbow's arrangements evoke numerous emotions, ranging from forlorn and longing to comforting and reassuring. The songs develop slowly, taking their time to grow and fully bloom. The album's mood brings to mind progressive rock bands like Procol Harum and early Genesis. Keeping that in mind, it comes as no surprise that the new album was partially recorded at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios in England. Vocalist Guy Garvey even possesses a voice that is at times reminiscent of Gabriel.

This new album continues to find Elbow developing a completely original, atmospheric sound that sets them apart from their British contemporaries.

In the FUV Vault: Elbow Studio Session, 2011

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