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  • Summary: The sixth full-length release for the British alternative rock band was again produced by Craig Potter.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Mar 14, 2014
    The overall impression is one of a band who are now masterfully in control of their craft. [Apr 2014, p.111]
  2. Mar 28, 2014
    It takes several spins to fully comprehend the ambitious scope on display here as this is the kind of record that unravels the longer one ventures into its gorgeous textures, subtle progressive leanings and consistently clever lyricism.
  3. Mar 5, 2014
    Elbow sound revitalised here with Garvey proving himself once more to be one of the most eloquent British songwriters around.
  4. Mar 7, 2014
    There's a sustained congruence about the rhythms and textures that make The Take Off and Landing of Everything seem like an extended and mediation on certain musical and lyrical themes. [Apr 2014, p.72]
  5. Mar 21, 2014
    It's not a giant leap but Elbow haven't been embraced to be wreckers of civilization. [Apr 2014, p.88]
  6. Mar 10, 2014
    This is stately, gentlemanly music--the sound of aging gracefully.
  7. Apr 18, 2014
    The Take Off is not all that remarkable the first few times around, but it nonetheless hints at rewarding repeat visits. [No. 108, p.55]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Mar 13, 2014
    another cracker by Elbow, the most consistent band on the planet, Guy Garvey is a poet through and through, such beautiful lyrics, amazing music. Lunette has to the best song about drinking and smoking ever. superb. Expand
  2. Mar 29, 2014
    A nice lively and happy album, making a nice contrast to build a rocket boys!. I don't feel there's any song that seems to be lower than average for the album, however there aren't any that particularly stand out as 'the' song of the album - which unfortunately leads me to say, although all the songs are great, there isn't one that's absolutely fantastic like there were in previous albums - which 'The Take Off And The Landing Of Everything' could have been.

    Which leads me to a particular gripe with 'The Take Off And The Landing Of Everything' - the song that's also the name of the album; although it is a very energetic song, I found it annoying that there wasn't a clean introduction, crescendo or end, just fading out -it just seems like a song idea that they liked but never 'finished off'. In comparison to 'the birds', it just seems unfulfilling without any song - just music.

    Overall, still a great album.
  3. Mar 14, 2014
    Rating: 7.3 / / Pros: + The album as a whole is enjoyable. + There are several nice melodies. + The lyrics are very good and poetic... / / Cons: - ...But predictable and cheesy in other tracks. - The album never really "takes off". - Nothing really stands out or distinguishes them from other similar bands. - And more importantly, the album is very forgettable. / / Conclusion: For fans of Elbow I'm sure it's one of those "you had to be there" moments that makes sense if you have followed the band, but standalone the album will not weather well. Expand
  4. MnM
    Mar 29, 2014
    This is a very mediocre release that smothers itself under its own pretense. Yes, there are a few good tracks but it tries too hard to be innovative and ultimately comes across as feeling quite shallow. Expand