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  • Summary: Recorded in Seattle but remixed in Iceland by Jón Birgisson of Sigur Rós, A Chorus of Storytellers is the fifth album led by multi-instrumentalist Jimmy LaValle of the Album Leaf.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. However, as the album progresses, with its mix of violins, guitar, synths and fitful percussion, a paradoxical mood and feel is established – desolate yet comforting, glacial yet warm, remote yet intimate, never more so than on Summer Fog.
  2. While storytellers has a decent amount of vocals, it's still the gorgeous, lush melodies and layered soundscapes that speak the loudest. [Mar 2010, p.90]
  3. The new ambition found on "A Chorus of Storytellers" has led the Album Leaf to its best execution yet.
  4. While the decidedly middle-of-the-road mood of A Chorus of Storytellers won’t get anyone fired up, though, the way that mood is constructed is the album’s primary appeal.
  5. Sure, most of Chorus is pretty, but it's only that: Between the glistening guitars, cymbal washes, sighing strings, and electric piano, the beauty LaValle conjures is effortless but ultimately less impressive for not having any sort of contrast.
  6. However many crystalline moments of beauty their records contain (and of course there are some to be found here), for me there remains a cloying sense of the overtly melodramatic, of uninventive repetition that it is hard to ignore.
  7. LaValle’s been trading in spitshined tonal conventions and vacuum-sealed beauty for quite some time now, and this might well be his best effort at putting it to record. But there are already three Album Leaf LPs that do this exact same thing, and the prospect of him doing that thing slightly better simply fails to excite.

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  1. Mike
    Feb 3, 2010
    Calm, ambient, melodic - A Chorus Of Storytellers made me feel of spring spirit right now. Maybe in some song it feels like self-repeating - but it's never boring. One of the best of the Album Leaf. Expand