Elbow – AUDIO VERTIGO

In these tragic times, Elbow have decided to give us some much-needed brightness (if still tinged with darkness) – and pull it off as well....
Elbow : AUDIO VERTIGO
8.2 Polydor
2024 
Elbow : AUDIO VERTIGO

Few acts do sadness quite as well as Elbow. Perhaps only their transatlantic brethren The National can plumb the depths of tragedy so expertly. Yet in these tragic times, the Brits have decided to give us some much-needed brightness (if still tinged with darkness) – and pull it off as well, on Audio Vertigo.

Now, Audio isn’t a complete 180° from the somber Elbow you know and love, but there are distinctly big moments of hope and even joy. “Good Blood Mexico City” is the biggest, an explosion of hope, while “The Picture” is an alt-tronics journey. “Lovers’ Leap” is horns-led upbeat, and “Balu” sees Elbow do some great alt-Eastern funk. Yet even those have their touch of grey, not to mention the outright sad days of youth “Very Heaven”, wry looking back “Knife Fight”, or world-wise & -weary opener “Things I’ve Been Telling Myself For Years”.

You might not have thought that you needed a ‘happy Elbow’ album. But these days, you very much do, and thankfully the masters of sadness can also master the bright side.

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