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my first impression is that it sounds darker than the last few albums.
What a bore that was.
The vocals at least reminded me of their first album, which is still the only one I go back to. Finally they've released a tune that sounds like they've recorded it to be listened to at home rather than performed at festivals.
They were lovely as the sun set at Reading 2011
... really distracting
and to slapping down anyone who lumps them in with the Coldplays of this world.
I think that is what was missing from the past two albums - intimacy. It felt like they were constantly asking radio DJs and boards at sporting event to tell us that they loved us, instead of just a quick whispered "I love you" at home, after a take away.
Far more like the Elbow i like.
Some really delicate, sad and meaningful songs that have meant a lot to me over the years. Newborn, Asleep in the Back, Scattered Black and Whites, Not a Job, Switching Off, Great Expectations, Friend of Ours.
This is terrible however.
I thought that the last album was fairly subdued on the whole. And I don't care how overplayed it is, I love One Day Like This.
when they're mixing up delicate moments, unpolished vocals and dischordant guitar sounds. This is in that direction, so it's welcome.
And yes, agree with sheeldz- they can, when their mind is on it, create this intimate sound like they're playing just to you, and that's been missing a while.
the bursts of noise in the first half is the kind of thing I used to love from them. Looking forward to a darker more experimental new album.