The Take Off and Landing of Everything

Elbow - The Take Off and Landing of Everything
Critic Score
Based on 31 reviews
2014 Ratings: #173 / 1004
User Score
Based on 94 ratings
2014 Ratings: #242
Liked by 1 person
March 10, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Fiction / Label
Craig Potter / Producer / Website
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In many ways, this is simultaneously both their most ambitious and most intimate album to date. 


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


It's a record of coming to term with middle age, finding that there is a birth that accompanies every death, joy to balance the sorrow, an understanding that comes with acceptance.

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.


It’s that refusal to paint in a single shade that makes The Take Off… such a fully formed listen from front to back. 

The Line of Best Fit

They didn’t quite manage to move past The Seldom Seen Kid on Build a Rocket Boys!, but with Take Off, they’ve both cemented their place as a British institution and hinted that their best might yet be to come.

Consequence of Sound

Even though nothing qualifies as a radical reinvention of the indie rock wheel, the band reassures us that in order to live, we’ll have many takeoffs and landings.


This isn’t a bad or a lazy album, and Elbow are too good a band to ever be dismissed, yet one can’t help but feel they could push their envelope a bit further.

The Skinny

Playing safe keeps it frustratingly earth-bound, and 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. 

Possibly Elbow's most unique record. The environment feels entirely different to anything else they've done. The only real comparison I can make is to their first LP 'Asleep in the Back'.

This album is very solid. It's got some obvious standouts ("My Sad Captains" and "Fly Boy Blue / Lunette") which help this record reach outside the void of mediocrity. I enjoy the feel of this record and the imagery it presents, but it doesn't quite reach the heights of their other work. ... read more
Looking forward the release of the new album. Really like his voice and the gentle power of the songs.
slow indie rock, some very good songs at the start but then the rest of the tracks are either good or OK, not their best work in my opinion, it makes me want to listen to Cast Of Thousands or Seldom Seen Kid which are far superior albums
Best Track: This Blue World, Fly Boy Blue/Lunette, New York Morning, or Real Life (Angel)
Worst Track: Charge
Most Overrated Track: The Blanket of Night
Most Underrated Track: My Sad Captains
Another depressive point in the british isles that lies in itself and can't share a thing.
Unfortunately, almost nothing happens in here!
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Track List

  1. This Blue World
  2. Charge
  3. Fly Boy Blue/Lunette
  4. New York Morning
  5. Real Life (Angel)
  6. Honey Sun
  7. My Sad Captains
  8. Colour Fields
  9. The Take Off and Landing of Everything
  10. The Blanket of Night
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Added on: January 16, 2014