Elbow

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A year after they released their last and stunning album Buld A Rocket Boys!, Elbow is back. You might have seen them live the last year at a lot of festivals in Europe, they've been touring quite a lot the last year, and they performed at the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games of Londen this year, too.

Now, the recent album: Dead In The Boot, is an album like we're used to from Elbow, usage of a whole orchestra and multiple vocals, perfect for a night chilling in your seat, in the car,... 

Opener Whisper Grass is probably the most mysterious song I know from Elbow, they build up a huge tension and after a minute of two they unleash the bomb. Might not be the best song on the album, but what a way to open your album with. Lucky Disease is rather melancholic, kind of like Lippy Kids, with only Guy's vocals, drums and a smooth guitar-riff opening the track. When the chorus hits in, they call in some hornets, which results in a beautiful instrumental chorus. It's like your standing in a grassy field, with the sun shining on your cheeks, really.

The Long War Shuffle makes me think of western movies and Texas folks, probably because of the upbeat rythm and the particular usage of the guitar here. Great song, a new sort of sound coming from Elbow, who would have thought that.. Every Bit The Little Girl is a kind of interlude between the previous songs and the ones coming, it's like Elbow switches style for a moment, since after Every Bit The Little Girl, Guy uses his voice a lot more and in another way than on the opening songs.

Love Blown Down is my least favourite track on the album. Why? Simple: Guy uses an effect on his voice that kind of ruins his beautiful and packed voice. Lullaby, on the contrary, is one of my favourite tracks on the album. Sweet drumlines, a piano and Elbow's voices, that's all what this band needs to create a song that is so beautiful it will remind you of your best moments in life. 

McGregor surely is the most powerful song on the new record, Guy screams his soul out while Richard Jupp slams his drums with a lot of power.

Another beautiful song on this album is Buffalo Ghost, just listen to the song: no words are needed here.

Elbow succeeded to amaze us, again, without completely stepping off their style of music. They remain faithful to their old way of making records: build a tension, and when the tension is so high they release a bomb of a song, followed by a rather soft and melancholic song. It kind of results in a rollercoaster of emotions, and, for me this album had the biggest difference in emotions so far.

Enjoy!

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