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Leaders of the Free World [Import]

ElbowAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 28, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Ume Imports
  • ASIN: B0007Y88M6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,606 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Leaders Of The Free World was recorded and produced by the band at Blueprint Studios in Manchester through late 2004 and the start of 2005 with additional mixing by Tom Rothrock at Sunset Studios in Los Angeles and Marius De Vries at Olympic Studios in London. Leaders Of The Free World is the Manchester indie stars' 3rd studio album which is a completely collaborative project between the band and film-makers/animators/visual artists, the Soup Collective. Features 11 total tracks including the first single 'Forget Myself'. V2 Records. 2005.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Bends for the noughties November 7, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I can't believe that Elbow are so unknown. I only bought "Cast of Thousands", their second album, when I heard one track ("Fallen Angel") on a movie soundtrack, and then was hooked. "Leaders of the Free World", their third album, is even better.

While Cast of Thousands was mostly pretty mellow, Leaders of the Free World mixes very touching emotional moments with some good crunching rock, often in the same song! Listen to "Station Approach", as an example. A superbly-layered slowly building-then-exploding epic.

Comparisons with Radiohead are justified. The similarities with Radiohead's "The Bends" are there - the crunchy rock riffs, the emotionally charged lyrics, the wrenching vocals.

Other artists worth comparing to include Peter Gabriel, for the similarity of lyrics and vocals, Joy Division, for their post-modern punk edginess, and Coldplay. This is what Coldplay would sound like if they ditched their mainstream sound and added a bit more thought and edginess to their lyrics and music.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars magic November 10, 2005
Format:Audio CD
elbow is my all time best finds ever. i stumbled accross them by accident a few years back. i remember being absolutely mesmerized by their soundscapes and almost poetic lyrics. minimally monumental would be an apt description of their music. music that gets richer and subtler with each listen. these guys and especially guy are pure genius and magic. i am at the age (43)where i only go to classical concerts, yet when i heard that the guys were in town, i knew i had to go and see them. the show last saturday in toronto was disappointing in only one aspect. it was way too short. still, an hour and a half of pure magic sending chills and tingles down my spine. thanks.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And then there were three.. September 29, 2005
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Elbow's third CD sneaks up on the listener. Upon first listen I was a little disappointed, given the fact that Asleep at the Back is my all time favorite CD, and Cast of Thousands was a very worthy follow up, I suppose my expectations were terribly high. Leaders of the Free World starts off with a bang so to speak with a song that is subtle in the first minute or so, but Station Approach evolves into a monster of a song, that leaves the listener begging for more after it's conclusion, followed by two great songs Picky Bugger and Forget Myself, which when listened to a few times, makes for one of the best 14 minutes of music I've heard all year.

The title track, Mexican Standoff, The Everthere, and Great Expectations are my other favorite tracks, but really there are no bad songs on this CD. Somehow I only discovered this band about a year ago, but they've quickly become my personal favorite band, and hugely under appreciated here in the US. This is a top 10 CD in the UK and Europe, but hopefully Elbow will find their audience here stateside. I beleive this CD is the one that could propell them into the next level.

I do wish though that they would release the DVD 2 disc version here. I purchased the UK version, but unfortunatly the Soup Collective DVD that I have been hearing such great things about, doesn't play on my DVD or US computer. Hopefully someone from the V2 label or the band might hear this, and release the 2 disc version in the US.

You can not go wrong if you've heard anything from Elbow, this CD you WILL like, so buy it! If your totally new to the band, I guess I would describe them as a cross between Peter Gabriel (when he was good), and Radiohead (although I hate to compare bands).. they are just Elbow.. and right now they are leaders of my world for CD of the YEAR.. Good job boys!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars leaders of the music world February 22, 2006
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elbow's third studio album, 'leaders of the free world,' is a solid, if immediately unspectacular release (although that might be unfair based on my own expectations after their masterpiece, yes, masterpiece, 'a cast of thousands').

'lotfw' isn't much of a departure from the previous two albums, employing a similar aesthetic leaning more towards 'asleep in teh back' than 'a cast of thousands.' it's a more muted affair, less obvious and less straightforward than 'a cast of thousands.' this, however, is probably entirely the point. 'a cast of thousands' showcased the bands ability to write a track with massive hook ('not a job,' 'fallen angels,' 'switching off) with literate, clever lyrics. 'lotfw,' feels a little more distant, and it sometimes comes off as feeling less intimate and engaging as its predecessor. that, however, isn't a gripe nor a knock on the album or the band. it's still a very emotional album. a good half of the tracks come in at 5 minutes +, but as is the case with elbow, patience is *always* rewarded. guy garvey yet again shows he's rock's most original and insightful front man. rarely do voice and lyrics match up as well as they do with garvey. it's a joy to listen to.

'lotfw' certainly has its share of shining moments. the album's opener, 'station approach' is a nice little acoustic number (before it explodes into chorus like most great elbow songs) with its endearing lyric 'you little sod, i love your eyes.' the only real 'single' on the album is 'forget myself,' a track not dissimilar from 'fallen angels.' it's a great single, highlighted, as always, by guy garvey's wonderfully expressive and husky voice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A must for anyone who even casually enjoys Elbow.
Published 1 month ago by Steven Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars The most consistant. Not the best songs, but the most consistant.
Their most consistent album. It is the evolution of a moody band with a great but nullified voice (Asleep in the Back) to a less moody band with an obnoxiously loud guitar/horn... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Cabassog
5.0 out of 5 stars Leaders of the Free World
Elbow are frequently compared to Coldplay; I can see a similarity, but for me Elbow are much, much, much better. The soundscape is richer, deeper, more complex. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Dharmapaula
5.0 out of 5 stars Elbow always delivers
Modern British rock for adults. Incredibly well crafted songs with genuine male emotions at play. Not afraid to be subtle as well as pounding. They had me at go.
Published 7 months ago by Ronald Frazier
4.0 out of 5 stars Love Elbow, Like this album
My daughter first introduced me to Elbow, with "Seldom Seen Kid". I love their sound and arrangements. Then I bought "Build a Rocket Boys" and really love this album too. Read more
Published on January 10, 2012 by Carol in Tucson
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Band with a solid album
If you're into rock, from the technologically induced trance-like rock of the latest Radiohead, to the diverse sound of Pearl Jam, to the softer and more straightforward rock of... Read more
Published on August 31, 2011 by Michael Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars This album never stops getting better
My first exposure to Elbow was the Seldom Seen Kid. I grew so attached to that album, that I decided to check this album out. Read more
Published on September 22, 2009 by Erik J. Malvick
5.0 out of 5 stars Their best in my opinion
Elbow are a really clever band with rich lyrics and complex yet not overbearing music. As for "Leaders of the Free World", well I really love this album. Read more
Published on August 25, 2009 by Joey T
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable album
If you like Coldplay, Keane, One Republic, Embrace or The Script, you will enjoy the music from Elbow. Read more
Published on June 25, 2009 by Robert Mcgregor
4.0 out of 5 stars rock in top form
Super melodic rock music. Love the lead singers voice, full, sensitive, forceful, satisfying. Elbow is the most underrated and unknown Brit-rock band.. Read more
Published on July 24, 2008 by Amanda
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