Hleb is Leningrad's most social album so far. The fancy world of tennis stars or the power of banks - the conflict between poor and rich is one of the most prominent features of post Soviet turbo capitalism. Leningrad manage to describe society problems in a few striking lines.
Leningrad follows the tradition of the prison songs of the 1930s and the cheeky, but melancholic songs of the Soviet underground songwriters of the 1970s. Leningrad continues this heritage on a more aggressive and thus more contemporary musical level. This side of Leningrad comes across especially well on Shnur's solo bonus album, available with the limited edition of Hleb.