• Band Name: Elbow
  • Record Label: V2
  • Release Date: Feb 21, 2006

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  1. Elbow have always been the most intelligent band in Britain. Now they're the most exciting, too. [#12, p.91]
  2. Few albums are this evocative, and 'Leaders of the Free World' is a thing of rare beauty indeed.
  3. The gloom-rock tunes are as sophisticated as ever. [24 Feb 2006, p.64]
  4. 91
    Rife with acid-burn guitars, levee-breaking drums, and vocals that recall Peter Gabriel at his wooziest. [Feb 2006, p.87]
  5. Right now Elbow are hitting an emotional pitch no one else is managing; one more personal and more potent than those that might be considered their competition.
  6. Leaders Of The Free World contains songs as heavy and epic as the neo-prog of Elbow's first two albums, but it's strongest at its quietest.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 65 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 39
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 39
  3. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. Dec 7, 2012
    This record fits in neatly with the rest of Elbow's back catalogue. Not much on it to distinguish it from their others but as usual the quality of the songwriting is excellent. Because their records are all pretty similar, it's hard to pick my favourite/least favourite, but I think "The Seldom Seen Kid" is really the place to go if your looking to get into this band. Full Review »
  2. Apr 27, 2011
    Elbow is consistently very good, but this is easily their weakest album. It's not without its share of great songs, though. "Great Expectations" is gorgeous, one of the band's most beautiful pieces, but it can't save the album from feeling a bit off. The band aims for a more upbeat vibe, but their success is mixed. Fortunately, they end up getting it right on the Seldom Seen Kid. Full Review »
  3. glynw
    Aug 2, 2009
    When bush and bliar are held to account for war crimes,and sentenced,michael moors makes the film.and the title track--leaders of the free world'then we are cleansed. Full Review »