Elbow’s album is heavy like Christmas pudding. It has the same richness and sheer density that makes it a treat. Switching analogies; the layers of sound come in simultaneous waves, lapping and then crashing on your ears. From the start, the mixture of home town pride, the comfort of familiar surroundings and the longing of a loved one in ‘Station Approach’ proves to be heady and inspiring. In it’s more sensitive moments, ‘The Stops’, ‘Great Expectations’ or ‘The Everythere’, there is an intimacy and delicacy that is warming to hear.
I love Elbow when they are getting feisty, working up the beats and the bass, it is then that they can be at their most effective. The contrast to their quieter tracks makes the difference seem far greater than it is. The title track of this album is a fine example of this, on it’s own it is quite slow and measured, in the context of the rest of these songs it is intensity personified. The Elbow fans are going to be getting a great treat, and their numbers will swell.
Buy Leaders Of The Free World from Amazon.co.uk
Buy Leaders Of The Free World from Amazon.com
Elbow have dates lined up in November, you can book tickets for them at ticketmaster.co.uk.
13th – Portsmouth Pyramids
14th – Bristol Academy
15th – Birmingham Academy
17th – Glasgow Academy
18th – Edinburgh Queens Hall
20th – Newcastle University
21st – Sheffield University Foundry
23rd – Manchester Apollo
25th – London Brixton Academy
Label : V2
Release Date : 12 September 2005
Website : www.elbow.co.uk