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Old 03-11-2014, 11:05 AM   #721
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Finally got my first listen today - album gets off to a slow start for me, but then kicks in. Right off the top I am really liking Real Life (Angel). Overall it had a great vibe for my morning walk through Lower Manhattan.

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I listened to it once yesterday. It does seem a bit slow. I'll have to pay a bit more attention next time. It's the kind of album that passes me by completely as background music.

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Good headphones and lyrics in hand.
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Old 03-11-2014, 02:20 PM   #724
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Great album to go out for a long walk listening to. Really a grower.
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Old 03-11-2014, 04:20 PM   #725
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My Sad Captains is a beautiful song, but not really extracting much enjoyment from the last two songs yet unfortunately:
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Just bought a ticket to their DC show on May 11!
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Elbow: The Take Off and Landing of Everything | Album Reviews | Pitchfork

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The description of the band just constantly trying to rewrite "Tender" is pretty funny.
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Just bought a ticket to their DC show on May 11!
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Well I love this album. It's much better than the last one where I couldn't like more than 4 songs. This new album on first listen had a solid first 5 songs but I grew to like more of it on the second listen. The lyrics are dense and reward repeat listens.

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This Blue World:

Garvey split up with his long-term girlfriend, journalist and novelist Emma Jane Unsworth, during the recording of Take Off and Landing of Everything, which led him to revise some of the album's lyrics. Talking about this song, the vocalist originally stated to Intelligent Life magazine, "It's almost saying, everything from the beginning of time was leading up to the day we met. So that's very romantic, but something I'm fond of doing, when I'm offering a huge romantic gesture, is to point out the realities as well."

After the breakup Garvey admitted that the song that he thought, "was about this mythical mix of ex-girlfriends, it's really about her. It's this prophetic thing," he continued. "I added some lyrics at the end, about imagining her going on and having a family without me, which is tough to swallow."

This Take Off and Landing of Everything track finds Elbow frontman Guy Garvey picturing himself in a couple of decade's time as an old rocker. Tainted by anger and sorrow, he is sitting in a bar, invisible to the attentions of the younger drinkers around him. Garvey told Mojo magazine: "It's an old man sitting in a young person's bar, saying, 'don't look at me as old'... there's some of me in there. My dad was as passionate about Manchester as I am, but in welcoming people rather than repelling people at the bar."

"Something I'm experiencing the fringes of," he added, with a chuckle. "I don't like the way we treat our old people in Britain. It's so f---ing short sighted. Like we're not all gonna end up that old."

"If the album has a theme, it's that the band are all approaching 40, and thinking about the part of life that's gone, and what's coming for the next 40, yet you're encouraged to live in the moment," Garvey concluded. "It's all these things at once."
Fly Boy Blue/Lunette:

When Elbow frontman Guy Garvey split from his longtime partner Emma Unsworth, he felt he had to get away. Having developed an affection for New York, he upped sticks and moved to the Big Apple. The imagery and characters of this song are adapted from scenes he observed at JFK airport lounge as Garvey flitted back and forth between New York and his home city of Manchester. "In an airport lounge, the whole world is going its separate ways, under this cloud of anticipation that exists in all airports," he told The Independent. "It throws up where you're going, where you've been, what you like, what you don't, and it gave me an opportunity to create some new characters in Red Bob and The Ivory Host, who were a man with high blood-pressure desperate for a drinking-partner in a plastic Irish pub in JFK airport, and our very pallid but austere barman."
This is actually two songs in one (the clue's in the title!). Fly Boy Blue is a stream of consciousness images of travel and coming home. Lunette is not only a first draft lyric, but also a one-take vocal too. "It's a love song to three things," Garvey told The Observer. "Smoking, drinking and a woman. If it just had pasta in there it would be complete! Though, actually," he added, very seriously, "I have an aversion to food in songs. I just do."
New York Morning:

Elbow frontman Guy Garvey still mainly lives in Bury, England but he also owns an apartment in New York. This was written about the Big Apple. "I'm fascinated by the place," the singer told NME. "It's been good to write out there, because it gives me focus. I've always found that looking through home from a telescope makes it easier to write about."
The song was influenced by Garvey reading EB White's Here's In New York. He told Mojo magazine that it's, "a beautiful little book written in 1949, full of praise and scorn for the city."
The lyrics were adapted from one of Garvey's diary entries about a trip he and his then-girlfriend, journalist and novelist Emma Jane Unsworth, made to New York City. Speaking to XFM radio presenter Jo Good, Garvey explained that the lyrics were "pretty much verbatim, 6 o'clock in the morning, in Manhattan in the Moonstruck Café, it's verbatim how I was feeling as the city was waking up."
The song was called "The City" for a short while until Elbow realized the implications of such a name in their home city, where the two rival football teams of Manchester United and Manchester City are often referred to as simply "United" and "City."
Garvey describes New York in the song as "the modern Rome, where folk are nice to Yoko." "That comes from John Lennon," he explained to The Independent. "In his last press conference when he left England for good, he said: 'Why wouldn't you go to New York? Every nation on Earth represented, all getting along – it's the modern Rome'. Then he said: 'Besides, they're nice to Yoko.'"

"Quite aside from what people think, whether she was responsible or not for splitting up The Beatles – and I'm very sure she wasn't, knowing band dynamics as I do – it was the out-and-out racism that accompanied that, so when New York clutched them to its bosom as icons, they were very flattered, and it was the place where they felt they could live together and be happy," Garvey continued. "They were never far from my thoughts when I arrived in New York, being a Northerner and a musician. Knowing the love he had for his roots, it must have been very difficult for him to transplant himself, knowing he was a national hero."

Yoko Ono responded to the namecheck by penning an open letter to Elbow. She wrote on her official website: "Dear Guy, Craig, Mark, Pete and Richard, Yes. New York has been kind to me as your song says. Thank you (sic)."
"For John, he always wanted to come and live in this city, ever since he saw Bob Dylan on the famous album cover (The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan). And I played the catalyst to make his dream come true."
"But in sleepless nights, I am still living in the memory of my sweet husband, who was virtually kicked out of his own country that he loved so dearly and learned to live in this bleak port city just so his woman and he could live in peace."
"Two sides of the coin. Life is. Have a great time in New York.
We loved it. Love, Yoko."
The lyric "Everybody owns the Great Idea, and it feels like there's a big one round the corner" originated in Ralph Waldo Emerson's concept of the immediate resonance of universal truths. "While the sharing of ideas is accelerating," Garvey told The Independent, "I love the idea that it would probably arise somewhere like New York where people are forced to mix and work together in order to get something done. If you're as excited as I was when I wrote that original diary entry, it feels like the beginning of a sneeze, inevitable that somebody will speak the truth and we'll all go, 'Of course!', and all live happily ever after."
Real Life (Angel):

On The Take Off and Landing of Everything, the Elbow band members worked separately on songs, while frontman Guy Garvey paid attention to the lyrics. Garvey told The Sun: "This time we were away from each other, and I'd started writing on our own. Our influences are so diverse and we brought them to this record. 'Real Life (Angel),' for example, is very post-dance and was written by Craig (Potter, keyboards), who is into his Hip-Hop."
Honey Sun:

During an interview with The Independent, Guy Garvey explained that the line in the song that reads, "I live and die by the hot and cold in strangers' eyes", refers to his sensitivity regarding what others think of him. "It's not since I became famous, it's something that's always been with me that I assumed everybody always had: a guy on the street looks at me the wrong way, and a big part of me assumes that he's right," he said. "It was a bit of a revelation to me, in my late thirties, to find out that not everybody gives a f--k what other people think about them!"

"I thought people were just better or worse at hiding it, when in fact an awful lot of them don't care, and are up for a ruck," Garvey added. "But some part of me assumes that everybody else is right, apart from me. I think you'd call it an over-sensitivity to people's opinions."
The song also references Garvey's breakup with journalist and novelist Emma Jane Unsworth when he sings: "I cannot stay where all the broken plans were made." Garvey told The Sun. "There is a point I won't cross which is why Emma and I separated. But in a nutshell it's because we wanted different things. Nobody wronged anyone. It just came to a natural end."
My Sad Captains:

The theme of aging is detailed in this song. Guy Garvey explained to NME: "It mourns the fact you can't see all your friends every night like you can when you're young."
The lyric: "Another sunrise with my sad captains, with you I choose to lose my mind" comes from a line in Shakespeare's play Antony and Cleopatra. It's adapted from when Mark Antony speaks about his drinking partners: "Come, let's have one other gaudy night; call to me all my sad captains; fill our bowls; once more, let's mock the midnight bell."
Garvey told Uncut magazine: "There's a line in it - 'we only come this way but once' - which is actually a bastardisation of William Penn (founder of Pennsylvania). He was talking about realising you only have one life, realising your own mortality."
The song finds Garvey recounting how drinking sessions change as the drinkers become older. "My Sad Captains is mourning the end of the 15-strong three-day bender in favour of one or two people's company and getting proper into your cups," he explained to The Observer. "Maybe having your mind changed by something somebody says. That's my favourite kind of socialising now. But I still think wistfully about those crazy, hedonistic 15 years that I had."
Garvey had the opening lines to this song, "I'm running out of miracles," but it was his former girlfriend, novelist and journalist Emma Jane Unsworth, who gave him the chorus.
Colour Fields:

Elbow vocalist Guy Garvey is the only member of the band not to become a father. "Some of the songs (on Take Off and Landing of Everything), weirdly, have parental advice in them," he stated to Q magazine. In this track, Garvey addresses "a bright young girl in a small town, telling her to get the f--k out of there and go and follow her heart."
The Taking off and Landing of Everything:

Elbow's sixth album was originally titled Carry Her, Carry Me, before being changed to The Take Off and Landing of Everything. "It always happens, this," Guy Garvey told Q Magazine. "The title's now from a song there - this huge, cacophonous thing, born of our love for space rock, prog, Primal Scream and Spiritualized."

He continued: "It's to do with the fact that there have been lots of life events. There are five members of the band, people have split up, got together, had children, it never stops this stuff. Especially round the 40 mark; there's lots of re-evaluations in life, and yet I wanted to remain celebratory about that."

"Everybody's feeling relief with remorse, next to joy, next to loss.," Garvey added. "But I think think laughing very hard and worrying very little is a good way to keep young."
The Blanket of Night:

Elbow close their The Take Off and Landing of Everything album with this ballad about the major UK political parties' attitude to immigrants. Guy Garvey told Mojo magazine: "It's about a couple at sea, refugees escaping a bad situation. When even Labour is campaigning on immigration trying to make the country's ills the fault of such people... well, nothing's ever made me so angry. I wrote it in 20 minutes, which tells me it came from the gut."
The song depicts a refugee husband and wife in a boat at night on a rough sea. "That was to illustrate that, while both political parties are blaming the country's problems on immigrants, there are people who are dying to get into the country," Garvey told Uncut magazine. "It's so irresponsible to blame immigrants for our problems, those politicians should be ashamed of themselves."
Boy that ex-girlfriend really had an effect on this one. With Beck's new album and the entire history of break-ups being muses for albums, chalk up another one.
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Oh look, someone named Alicia published a review of The Takeoff and Landing of Everything in Seattle Music Insider.


Coincidence? I think not.

Nice work, Cori.
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Old 03-17-2014, 05:22 PM   #733
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I'm still trying to get into the album. I like some of it, I'm a bit underwhelmed by about half of the songs. With the other Elbow albums, I kind of got it quite quickly, so maybe this one isn't what I expected, but I must admit I don't have much time right now to listen to it a lot. Maybe it will grow on me. Some of the lyrics really are beautiful and I love the stories behind the songs.
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Oh look, someone named Alicia published a review of The Takeoff and Landing of Everything in Seattle Music Insider.

SMI New Music Preview: Elbow - "The Take Off and Landing of Everything" - SMI (Seattle Music Insider)

Coincidence? I think not.

Nice work, Cori.

Why, thank you.
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Old 03-17-2014, 09:04 PM   #735
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Album's good. I like the title track and New York Morning as much as any of my very favorite Elbow songs.


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