image003Elbow’s release of their sixth studio album The Take Off and Landing of Everything arrived yesterday, and that is good news for rock fans. In recent years, Manchester’s Elbow has moved from being a solid counterpart to other gruff-voiced rock acts like Doves and Peter Gabriel to becoming their own thing. The Take Off and Landing of Everything continues that trend.

It is, at heart, a breakup album according to lead vocalist Guy Garvey, but he has explained it is probably the most amiable and amicable breakup record ever recorded. As a matter of fact, Garvey wrote material in conjunction with his ex-girlfriend journalist and novelist Emma Jane Unsworth. He stated that in her most recent book there are lines shared between it and this album. Anyone looking for a throat-ripping spitefest would do better to look elsewhere.

For everyone else, the album does what the band has done best for a long time, presenting literate, heartfelt music. And now you can get this on vinyl LP…provided you are the first to answer this question:  What is the second track from the band’s album from 2006 (US)? Send your answer to and you could win The Take Off and Landing of Everything on vinyl accompanied by a new band tee.

UPDATE: We have a winner!

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