Elbow's Tenth Album 'Audio Vertigo': A Return to Their Roots and Best Since 'The Seldom Seen Kid'

Published March 21, 2024

Manchester's beloved band Elbow, often associated with cozy Sunday vibes, has taken a daring dive back into their experimental persona with the release of their tenth album, 'Audio Vertigo'. Having built a reputation for anthems like 'One Day Like This', the group is shaking off any lingering 'safe' image and embracing their edgier roots.

Their latest album marks a departure from the familiar, as the band draws on punk, new wave, and other alternative scenes. Elements of their creativity are teased in the opening track 'Things I've Been Telling Myself For Years', which presents a blend of unpredictability and grandeur with a touch of mischief.

The lead single, 'Lover's Leap', dives into a celebration of love with a brash and rhythmic beat while 'Balu' fuses horns with synths in a dark and defiant anthem. Frontman Guy Garvey delivers a performance that is as passionate as it is cheeky, hinting at the album's playful spirit.

Tracks like 'Very Heaven' and 'Poker Face' offer a twist on expectations, navigating through the realms of lounge jazz and wistful melodies. The album doesn't entirely abandon the triumphal feel associated with Elbow, as songs like 'Good Blood Mexico City' integrate celebration with a sense of revelry.

'The Picture' stands out as a pulsing statement of hunger and darkness, encapsulating the album's devilish charm. Meanwhile, 'Knife Fight' playfully illustrates the adventurous and unpredictable direction of 'Audio Vertigo'.

After substantial time spent with 'Audio Vertigo', the record promises to be one that commands attention through its boldness and depth. Releasing on March 22 via Polydor, this album is set to breathe new life into the band's concerts, and possibly redefine their musical journey as their most compelling work since 'The Seldom Seen Kid'.

Elbow, Manchester, experimental