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Saturday, February 25, 2006

FAMILY FUN TIME: Unite!

ELBOW: Leaders of the Free World 9/10

Remember when Genesis was fronted by Peter Gabriel and didn’t write sappy love ballads and cheesy pop songs? How about when Pink Floyd was still creating music that was interesting, rather than re-hashing musical ideas from WAY earlier in their career? Well, even if you don’t, Elbow does. Often referring to themselves as a band that plays “prog without the solos” these five guys from Manchester, England have been strongly influenced by Gabriel and Waters. However, it’s on their newest album, Leaders of the Free World, that Elbow has managed to take those influences and channel them into a sound all its own. Though expansive and full of huge sound, it manages to be very emotionally immediate and personal as well.

Much like the band’s last two albums, Asleep In the Back and Cast of Thousands, Leaders of the Free World has its fair share of atmospheric gloom. Unlike those records, however, this new one finds a band that seems to have had some sort of fire lit under it. Here they allow the songs to grow into more intense, occasionally raucous, pieces that sneak up on you and surprise you. This gives Leaders of the Free World the wondrous attribute of being something different and better each tome you listen to it. From the emotional homecoming of the opener, “Station Approach”, through to the album’s closer, “Puncture Repair”, this record will reward patience and repeat visits with beauty.

(Buyer’s note: Early pressing of the CD are packaged with an amazing DVD of videos for each song on the album)

Release Date: 2.21.2006

Tracks to check out:
"Station Approach"
"Leaders of the Free World"
"Forget Myself"

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