From the outset, with Magnificent (She Says), it is clear that Elbow are delivering exactly the sound that is expected of them, never deviating from the template that they have set for themselves with their previous releases. This is a great strength, but is also a major shortcoming. While it is nigh on impossible to find fault with Guy Garvey’s robust yet delicate vocals, Craig Potter’s piano and keyboard – he is also responsible for the album’s immaculate production values – and the bass and guitar work of Pete Turner and Mark Potter respectively, it also difficult not to feel that you could be listening to almost any other Elbow release.
This is an extract from a review originally published on the 2nd February 2017. Please visit Renowned For Sound to read the full review.