Leaders Of The Free World





You thought you knew Elbow when their groundbreaking debut came out almost four years ago. Then last year you were reintroduced to the band in a subtle way. Now, the Manchester quintet are back in a big way with their third album for V2 called Leaders Of The Free World. The group debuted some of their new material to eager ears at their first show in three years at New York City's Hiro Ballroom. When the full CD came it was nice to check out the album versions, sans equipment error and irritating crowds. Singer Guy Garvey's voice is just as silky smooth as before, and the melancholy yet somewhat uplifting tracks abound. Case in point is the tequila induced "Mexican Standoff" that boasts high-energy handclaps and fuzzy guitar riffs, which is followed by "The Everthere", a song that captures dreamy textures and beautiful lyrics. Another top-notch song is the title track, "Leaders Of The Free World". Again, there are handclaps (gotta love 'em!) and powerful lyrics, "I'm so sick of working for a living, I'm just ticking off the days until I die", enchanting and empowering. The tune that is closest to their previous work is "Station Approach" with soaring vocals and droning-turned-into-growing keys, drums and guitar. This is what Elbow does best. Granted the band is a little less spacey as previous efforts, they still got what it takes. The album comes out in 2006, but it available now for download at your favorite digital store. If you know what is good for you then you will snatch it up now, and get the artwork copy in a few months.

Elbow
V2

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