In A Safe Place - The Album Leaf
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  • Summary: Classically-trained guitarist Jimmy LaValle, who has played on albums by Tristeza and Black Heart Procession in addition to his own Album Leaf project, traveled from San Diego, CA to Iceland to record this third Album Leaf disc as a guest of Sigur Ros. Members of Sigur Ros, Mum, and BlackClassically-trained guitarist Jimmy LaValle, who has played on albums by Tristeza and Black Heart Procession in addition to his own Album Leaf project, traveled from San Diego, CA to Iceland to record this third Album Leaf disc as a guest of Sigur Ros. Members of Sigur Ros, Mum, and Black Heart Procession appear on the album. Expand
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. This isn't an edgy, experimental record. It instead explores human nature through conventional tonality and flow, delicately combining melancholy, detachment, and exhilaration.
  2. Not only the best Album Leaf album to date but one of the best albums of the year.
  3. 80
    Drifts somewhere between Mogwai's softest moments and Her Space Holiday's wry prettiness. [Aug 2004, p.101]
  4. An atmospheric slab of mostly instrumental keyboard-driven music that basically sounds like a further advanced version of what LaValle has been doing for some time now.
  5. It's wallpaper you'll be glad you bothered to hang. [Aug 2004, p.106]
  6. LaValle retains his heavily textural, impressionist flair, but has begun to repeat himself heavily, with none of the freshness or vigor of previous material.
  7. 40
    All tasteful minimalism and soft lighting, this is more Vangelis than adventurous. [Sep 2004, p.108]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 5 out of 12
  1. shawnr
    Jun 26, 2004
    10
    this site seems to have picked up only the bad / OK reviews of this record.. I have seen nothing but good reviews everywhere else.. this this site seems to have picked up only the bad / OK reviews of this record.. I have seen nothing but good reviews everywhere else.. this record is one of the most beautiful albums i have ever heard.. i HIGHLY reccomend this record!! Expand
  2. Steve
    Jul 2, 2005
    10
    the more you listen the more you realize what an incredible album this is. Great to listen to before bed.
  3. ChrisL
    Jul 25, 2005
    10
    What a phenominal CD. Everything about it is amazingly well put together. It begins and ends effortlessly and takes you for a ride that is so What a phenominal CD. Everything about it is amazingly well put together. It begins and ends effortlessly and takes you for a ride that is so celestial and strange that you'll want to come back again and again. I think of it as the moments after a night of partying before falling asleep and before waking up hung over. Expand
  4. MarkJ
    Dec 17, 2007
    8
    It's a solid album, and surely not deserving of anything below a 6. Though it may appear repetitive, it's beauty lies in the subtle It's a solid album, and surely not deserving of anything below a 6. Though it may appear repetitive, it's beauty lies in the subtle changes it makes from song to song finally climaxing in Eastern Glow. Expand
  5. JessicaJ
    Dec 4, 2004
    2
    Nothing like Sigur Ros. Should not be a canidate for comparison.
  6. JohnM
    Dec 4, 2004
    1
    Not really original at all. give me my money back!
  7. AndreaS
    Dec 4, 2004
    0
    Horrible.

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