Produced by Tom Rothrock & Elbow. Album Leaders of the Free World. Leaders of the Free World Lyrics. I'm sick of working for a living I'm just ticking off the days till I die Oh, I miss you Louise, yeah And the sickest little pleasures keep me going in between pulling teeth. Your mum don't sleep, oh And the friends you keep I didn't raise a thief I didn't raise a thief. But the leaders of the free world Are just little boys throwing stones And it's easy to ignore Till they're knocking on the door of your homes, yeah
Returning to his roots to record Elbow’s third album inspired Guy Garvey to write this love letter to his home town, warts and all. It also happens to be their best LP yet. Elbow’s Guy Garvey isn’t your average pop star. A romantic grump with the voice of a cherub, he makes no attempt to cover up his thirtysomething years with a fake birth certificate. He barely even shaves. But on the other side of the coin, here is the man who sat on Liquid News with Face off The A-Team and became his new best friend. Leaders Of The Free World’ is a masterpiece; further proof that this is a band to last you a lifetime. The Big Read – Loyle Carner: All the best things about me come from my ADHD.
Tracks CD1-1, CD1-5, CD1-7, CD1-9: Recorded at Blueprint Studios, Manchester; the Elbow Rooms and The Embassy, Los Angeles. Track CD1-2: Recorded at Blueprint Studios, Manchester and The Elbow Rooms. Track CD1-11: Recorded at Elbow Rooms.
The discography of the English rock band Elbow consists of seven studio albums and numerous EPs and singles. The band was first formed in while its members were secondary school and opted for the name Elbow in 1997. The band recorded a 5-track demo EP entitled Noisebox, named after the studio where it was recorded.
Trademark Elbow is the languorous, brooding sort typified in 2001's Asleep in the Back and 2004's Cast of Thousands, but the band's third LP, Leaders of the Free World, leaves dankly gorgeous torpor mostly behind. George W. Bush is at least partially to blame, if only for the title track, which references him near-explicitly: "Passing the gun from father to feckless son/ We're climbing a landslide where only the good die young . The rest of the album flounders apolitically, as well. It's dull, for one thing. Why, pray tell, did Elbow decide to start sounding less like Radiohead rip-offs and more like midlife-crisis Travis?
It is mere coincidence that their musical mates, Elbow, have done the same for their third album, Leaders of the Free World. Such a coincidence is a bit comforting in the respect that Elbow do not stray from what they have previously done. Despite being cast as a gloomy bunch on their first two albums - 2001's Asleep in the Back and 2004's Cast of Thousands - Elbow trudge on as an emotional band. Singer/songwriter Guy Garvey doesn't wallow in failed relationships as much as he enjoys being cynical and playful about the world around him.
In fact, Leaders of the Free World's chief appeal, other than Garvey's stompiness, is its choruses. Previously, Elbow could spin out one of their reticent tunes for minutes without ever bothering with one. This record, though, retains Elbow's best qualities - embittered romanticism and pretty, twisty melodies - while infusing them with hooks galore.
On their preceding album, 2005’s Leaders Of The Free World, Elbow had begun to grow more direct. Their first two - 2001’s Asleep In The Back and 2003’s Cast Of Thousands - were firmly in that post-Britpop mold, both offering plenty of morose and emotive material, some of which still ranks amongst their best work. Leaders, in comparison, felt like a step back: There were still achievements like the remorseful My Very Best, but it was an album where Elbow had lost the mystery of their early work in favor of a more anonymous, down-the-middle Brit-rock sound
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