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  • Summary: This is the self-produced third album for the Manchester, England band.
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. 91
    Rife with acid-burn guitars, levee-breaking drums, and vocals that recall Peter Gabriel at his wooziest. [Feb 2006, p.87]
  3. This is certainly no party album, and its colours are almost exclusively monochrome, but its majesty reigns supreme. [Sep 2005, p.112]
  4. A mostly brilliant, though occasionally lackluster, album.
  5. Why, pray tell, did Elbow decide to start sounding less like Radiohead rip-offs and more like midlife-crisis Travis?
  6. It's not that Elbow's half-Travis, half-early-Radiohead Britpop shoegaze routine is patently shitty; it's just hopelessly forgettable. [Mar 2006, p.134]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 39
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 39
  3. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. glynw
    Aug 2, 2009
    10
    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. Expand
  2. MartinW
    Feb 19, 2006
    10
    The second half of the album takes a bit of getting into but, once you're in..... it's great!
  3. HughM
    Sep 26, 2005
    10
    Elbow get better and better. This album is a ripper!
  4. TomB
    Mar 23, 2006
    10
    What Rolling Stone Lacks is top-quality reviewers. And as for Alternative Press...well, look at some of the bands they big up!
  5. DecepticonPom
    Oct 19, 2005
    9
    Lushly optimistic. Their 3rd best album to date still head and shoulders above most band's 1st, second and 3rd efforts.
  6. MichaelK
    Feb 15, 2006
    9
    This is a very warm-sounding album on which the songs reel one in upon repeated listening. One of the best albums of 2005.
  7. KoningWoning.
    Nov 30, 2005
    6
    Definately the worst album yet. No good build-ups: semi-loud song, soft song, repeat untill end. Also a lot of songs seem to be inspired/taken from other songs. All in all I'd say they're getting worse with each release.... still they're loads better than a lot of crap that's out there... Expand

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