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Albums Of The Week: Elbow | Audio Vertigo

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Elbow’s 10th studio album Audio Vertigo marks a significant change for the group following 2021’s Flying Dream 1. In the words of lead singer and lyricist Guy Garvey, Audio Vertigo was built from “gnarly, seedy grooves created by us playing together in garagey rooms” and is both more direct and sonically varied by purpose that its predecessor.

Characterised by the band as an album heavy on stomp, swing, and infectious oil-can funk beats, Audio Vertigo sees Elbow on the front foot, fusing their love of varied and various styles on a collection that ranges from the Beastie Boys-meets-John Bonham breaks of opener Things I’ve Been Telling Myself For Years and the “theme for a futuristic cop show” Lover’s Leap to the infectiously funky Balu.

The wide-screen ambition doesn’t end with the music. Guy delivers a lyrical sweep on the album that considers our obsession with star crossed lovers, admonishes, and forgives his self-delusion, puzzles the nature of loss in a digital age, and narrates a real-life knife fight, all the while finding friends, real and imagined, and experiences, genuine and mythical, along the way. Long a fan of Radio 4’s In Our Time, the lyrics of Audio Vertigo match that program’s scale and scope in their ambition and their execution, including surely the only recorded presence of the Chandrasekhar Limit in a pop song in Knife Fight.

Armed with an album full of big moments designed to play live, Elbow will naturally follow its release with a full arena tour.”