Breathe - Leaves

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. 83
    It's such a confident display that you barely notice the English-as-a-second-language lyrics. [Nov 2003, p.117]
  2. 80
    Music at its most passionate. [Sep 2002, p.112]
  3. A slow-burning but deeply impressive debut. [Sep 2002, p.109]
  4. Leaves sound zeitgeisty and minty-fresh enough to inject some cold fire into the soft-rocking mainstream.
  5. 70
    Filled with sweeping, modern day mini-symphonies that brim with operatic highs and poetic lows. [#23, p.94]
  6. There's an abundance of softly slashing guitar, an air of sophistication writ indelibly large by its orchestration (with the string-laden weepie 'Epitaph' as probably the outstanding example), and, wrapped in Arnar's strong tones, there's more moodyness than you can shake a particularly angsty stick at.
  7. Despite solid songwriting, glimmering production, and a broad palette of emotions, Breathe shows the Leaves' potential more than anything else.
  8. Rather than being enjoyable, listening to Breathe in its entirety soon becomes a chore.
  9. 40
    It trades the epic scope of their more established countrymen for a stab at pop accessibility. [Nov 2003, p.116]
  10. Breathe is fine for what it is, but each time Leaves bandleader Arnar Gudjonsson launches into yet another midtempo space-rocker in which he shifts from a mushy monotone croon to a lilting falsetto, the move becomes less a genuine expression of personal style and more a shameless attempt to get with the new rock mainstream.

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