The Blue Elephant

Matt Berry - The Blue Elephant
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2021 Ratings: #76 / 513
User Score
Based on 54 ratings
2021 Ratings: #287
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May 14, 2021 / Release Date
LP / Format
Acid Jazz / Label
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The Arts Desk

Thoroughly beguiling and intriguing– and difficult to pigeonhole, the startling musicianship and soaring melodies of The Blue Elephant make this a perfect summer album. If we ever get one.

Louder Than War

Possibly his best album to date, a big departure from the well received Phantom Birds and a great journey into the psychedelic sixties recreated by a genuine polymath.

God Is in the TV
Sophisticated flourishes of production, dense and layered without being overly cerebral or sacrificing emotion or feel. It’s music that rewards repeat listening – it’s not necessarily easy to digest on a first listening experience.

With The Blue Elephant he has made something bordering on greatness, where his skills at creating sound are allowed to fully flower, his songs have grown deeper roots, and the pairing with Blundell borders on brilliant.


The Blue Elephant is a sonic odyssey, created by Berry on such a rich variety of vintage instruments that it sounds like he’s been crate-digging in his head for exotic psychedelic sounds.

A thrilling evocation of an oft-forgotten era in British pop excellence, ‘The Blue Elephant’ is a supremely gifted passion project.
Record Collector

Blue Elephant is like a soundtrack to a classic ITC TV programme, with lots of jumping into sleek jaguars and speeding along Chelsea Embankment.

Some vocal sections aren’t as strong. Although Berry strives for a psychedelic effect of “disorientation and distortion”, lyrics like “It’s a drag to be set on fire/I’ve been sacked from the choir/I came back to Bedfordshire”, delivered in his aloof tones, sound more arch and detached.
Classic Rock
Structured as two lengthy musical suites, in homage to the vintage vinyl era, this slender exercise in flimsy whimsy boats plenty of charm but few substantial songs.
I had to listen through the first couple of tracks to decide whether I should be taking this seriously, pretty great from the top so I turn it up.

You get a sense that Matt Berry was born into the wrong era as ‘The Blue Elephant’ transports you back to a psychedelic moment in time but keeps it joyful and light. Every little musical detail has been thought out here the drums a personal highlight for me that lends the album to free flow and the vocals are spacious and well placed as ... read more
Aboard - 4/5
Summer Sun - 3/5
Safe Passage - 4/5
Now Disappear - 3/5
Alone - 5/5 ❤
Invisible - 3/5
Blues Inside Me - 4/5
I Cannot Speak - 3/5
The Blue Elephant - 5/5 ❤
Life Unknown - 5/5 ❤
Safer Passage - 4/5
Like Stone - 3/5
Story Told - 3/5
Forget Me - 3/5
Now Disappear (Again) - 4/5
With seven albums under his belt, The Blue Elephant is most possibly Matt Berry's best album to date.
This was a psychedelic joy, chock full of ideas and that gamble paid off; containing amazing engineering to cement that (Especially the mighty drumming). This album is a must-listen from start to finish to fully appreciate The Blue Elephant because this was Matt's most ambitious and peculiar (That's to be expected by Matt Berry) trip.
Excellent album.
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Added on: April 20, 2021