Elbow's latest album, The Takeoff and Landing of Everything is another good album from the England-based band. It's not as good of an album as their last effort, Let's Build a Rocket Boys, but it's still worth a listen. Guy Garvey's wispy voice carries the band's unorthodox songwriting through the record and that's for better or for worse.
The Takeoff and Landing of Everything is interesting, first and foremost because of what it can be linked to. This record sounds like a laid-back jazz record. There's nothing overly complicated about most of the songs, simple beats accompanied by delicate instrumentation with Garvey singing something cryptic is the recipe they're using here more often than not. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. It goes over well at the beginning of the record, but by the third time that they do it - it just comes across as a bit too much. That part of the record is hit or miss, but there are a few moments where Elbow breaks away from that confinement and really does something cool; whether that's a horn section or just a sweeping build that reminds one of Elbow's take on Snow Patrol.
Elbow does some good things with this record, but they really don't mix things up enough to better what they've done in the past. Garvey's has written some great Elbow songs over the years, and he has a few here, but he also has some material on this record that runs together far too much for a full-length album. It's when they start actually doing things alongside of all of this atmospheric droning that things get moving with Elbow. There is something here if you've liked what Elbow has done in the past, but if you haven't - you're not going to start with this record.