The opening track “Starlings” off of Elbow’s most recent LP perfectly foreshadows the greatness to ensue on one of 2008’s best releases so far. The first 15 seconds begin with a “Day in the Life” accumulation of noise that builds until abruptly halting, only to make way for a gentle, lulling harmony that draws you in to an unknown and unpredictable sonic territory. The song continues to cycle through a bewildering series of building, exploding with horns, and careening strings.
The album is rare in its faultless execution from beginning to end, with a constant draw for the listener as if exploring a series of dreams and not wanting to wake up. Highlights include the cathartic “The Loneliness of a Tower Crane Driver” and the beautiful, almost heavenly “Weather To Fly”. Despite the bands poor name choice, Garvey and his party make no missteps on their epic fourth LP.
The Bones of You
The Loneliness of a Tower Crane Driver
One Day Like This
Final Verdict: 9.3