Leaders Of The Free World

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  • Summary: This is the self-produced third album for the Manchester, England band.

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My Very Best
Give that girl my very best Though it never made the grade When it seems that it's just not enough to love Then love lie down And would you tell... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  1. Few albums are this evocative, and 'Leaders of the Free World' is a thing of rare beauty indeed.
  2. Spin
    91
    Rife with acid-burn guitars, levee-breaking drums, and vocals that recall Peter Gabriel at his wooziest. [Feb 2006, p.87]
  3. Leaders Of The Free World is an ambitious and beautiful album that confirms Elbow as one of the bands of our generation.
  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. Alternative Press
    30
    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: 37 out of 39
  2. 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 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 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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