Release Date: Feb 21, 2006
Record label: V2
Genre(s): Indie, Rock
The once diffident Elbow are clearly feeling their oats - having discharged a confetti-filled cannon at the Reading and Leeds festival, they're following up with an even punchier gesture in the shape of their third album. Since the last one, whispery Bury man Guy Garvey has had a most unlikely romance with Radio 1 ladette Edith Bowman, which seems to have instilled a bit of backbone. His heart, perennially at war with his head, has toughened up and we now find him assertive, and ready to throttle choruses.
When Doves headed to the studio for the recording of their third album, 2005's Some Cities, they returned home to Manchester. With that kind of scenic inspiration and emotional attachment, Some Cities resulted in Doves' best of their career at that moment. It is mere coincidence that their musical mates, Elbow, have done the same for their third album, Leaders of the Free World.