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Old 10-28-2008, 04:18 PM   #196
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Leaders is far and away my favorite too, IYS. To be honest, I don't like Seldom quite as much as many here, and I too have already started "not listening" to a number of the tracks from it. Regardless, I still think it's a solid and very enjoyable album. It'll likely end up somewhere on my year end list unless a bunch of new favorites arrive in the next 2 months.
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Old 10-28-2008, 04:19 PM   #197
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In case anybody cares, I listened to Leaders of the Free World and really, really enjoyed it. Not much of an evolution from that record to the still-terribly-underwhelming-to-me The Seldom Seen Kid, but I guess that it wasn't excitement or style or whatever else which I found to be lacking from the more recent release--it was just songs that I like/during which I can stay awake. It doesn't have many of those, and Leaders does.

I'm feeling people on the whole The Hold Steady thing, because I can easily relate to your feelings, as far as Elbow and everybody's love for the band goes. I do quite surprisingly like this Leaders record, but these guys are still generally way too Britpop-nuveau for my taste. I'll take this solid record and go, probably whittling it down to four or five essential tracks, as the years go by. I offer genuine thanks to everybody for explicating the reasons for their respective affinities for the band--I can definitely see where you're coming from, especially on songs like "Forget Myself" (Doves-esque, that one, no?), "Mexican Standoff," "Station Approach," and, yes, even moments of "Mirroball," from the new one. Good-ass stuff, all the way. I leave you to your business.
For whatever it's worth, Leaders is easily my favorite Elbow album. EASILY.
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For me it's Seldom Seen Kid barely edging out Asleep in the Back, then Leaders, then Cast of Thousands which is still pretty darn good. And as for calling Elbow "britpop" No way.
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All that matters is that Cast of Thousands should always be mentioned last, Powerhousehourhitler.
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Hitler? Didn't think I'd notice that, and I thought we were friends

But the lowest ranked album from a band like that is better than a lot of other material out there.
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Well, given how much I like "Asleep in the Back" and "The Seldom Seen Kid," I am reaalllly excited to get "Leaders of the Free World" which I haven't been able to find around town yet. I love "The Seldom Seen Kid" but I have to admit after having it going nonstop in my car for the last week or so, some of the songs still kind of blend into each other and I have to keep looking at the tracklist to see what I'm listening to. But I still quite enjoy it.
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Old 10-28-2008, 04:59 PM   #206
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I mistakenly thought your screen name was Powerhouse on here for a month or two, so I like to make inside jokes with words that start with "h" that no one understands but me in regards to that mistake. No harm intended, I am not called "scumbo" for nothing. I think I'm crazy, maybe.

Agreed, it's really not that bad. Some of my absolute favorite Elbow songs are on it (Switching Off, Not a Job, Grace Under Pressure), but it's just obviously weaker than the other albums.
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It's really close for me. I really like Leaders, but apparently I like Seldom Seen Kid more than others here. I think it's slightly better than Leaders.
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Seldom Seen Kid songs elfa no like:

Starlings - the song isn't too bad but the blaring horns still kind of bug me, especially on my headphones first thing in the morning

An Audience With The Pope - Not a bad song but not all that remarkable imo

The Fix - I'm not crazy about the other guy singing with him
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Seldom Seen Kid songs elfa no like:

Starlings - the song isn't too bad but the blaring horns still kind of bug me, especially on my headphones first thing in the morning
I love the blaring horns. I wait for the blaring horns. It's precisely that kind of unexpected turn that makes me love Elbow.
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Seldom Seen Kid songs elfa no like:

Starlings - the song isn't too bad but the blaring horns still kind of bug me, especially on my headphones first thing in the morning

An Audience With The Pope - Not a bad song but not all that remarkable imo

The Fix - I'm not crazy about the other guy singing with him
I agree with your last two, I like Starlings though (as you already know).
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