Elbow, ‘The Take Off and Landing of Everything’

It’s not easy packing so many different styles of music into one song — especially ones that don’t stray too far from home in terms of baseline mood — but it certainly helps when so many of them fall between the five- and seven-minute mark, as on the sixth album from British act Elbow. “Charge,” for example, hovers along the thread of their typically pensive, minimal gloom-rock, but vocalist Guy Garvey delivers his lines in a sort of hip-hop cadence before the orchestral passages transport the proceedings to theatrical despair. The organ-centric “This Blue World” goes about its time brushing the sleep from its eyes, each uneasy turn in the sheets inching slightly closer to wakefulness. “Fly Boy Blue/Lunette” might be a straightforward folk number if not for its maniacal guitar riff and squelching horn section. Oddly, there’s little percussion to speak of, save for “Real Life (Angel)”, which is the closest the band comes to shouting aside the overcast mood and letting in some light. (Out Tuesday)

Luke O’Neil

ESSENTIAL “Real Life (Angel)”

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