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  • Summary: The 10th full-length studio release from British rock band Elbow was recorded in Gloucestershire and London.
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  1. Mar 25, 2024
    90
    Audio Vertigo, Elbow’s tenth studio album, is both a return to form and a step into new musical territory. The sound familiar to long-term listeners remains prevalent, while elements of funk and Eurodisco creep into the grooves.
  2. Classic Rock Magazine
    Mar 21, 2024
    90
    The energy and buoyancy never sacrifice Elbow's innate knack for emotional impact, as Garvey sings with poetic accuracy of the abyss, various hallelujahs and the meaning of love. [Apr 2024, p.82]
  3. Mar 25, 2024
    90
    It’s their best album in years – maybe since The Seldom Seen Kid – and one of those records that will throw up new little surprises on each listen many months from now. Not only one of our most consistent bands, but also one of our most surprising – the national treasure status is well earned.
  4. Uncut
    Mar 21, 2024
    80
    Top stuff. [Mar 2024, p.25]
  5. Mar 22, 2024
    80
    He experiments with texture and even puts it through a vocoder but, for all Elbow’s adventures, the foundations are still classy songwriting, heart and soul.
  6. Mojo
    Mar 21, 2024
    80
    Sung with his steamrollered Mancunian vowels intact, Garvey's allusive, playful lyrics are as golden as those of your Bermans and Caves here, drawing on Wordsworth, but also name-checking Leo Sayer and The Jungle Book's affable bear, Baloo. [Apr 2024, p.82]
  7. Mar 26, 2024
    74
    This is a good album for a band as deep into their career as Elbow, but it’s also worthwhile even without that qualifier. The band aren’t getting any younger, but they are getting wiser and, dare I say, more fun.

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