Into The Blue Again - The Album Leaf
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  • Summary: TAL's fourth disc is almost a Jimmy LaValle solo recording, with the band leader handling the bulk of the instrumentation, vocals, and production.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. 80
    Throughout the disc, Lavalle shows great ability to craft soundscapes that demand attention through their subtleties. [Sep 2006, p.131]
  2. A lesson in understatement, 'Into The Blue Again' reminds us that LaValle is the undisputed master of emitting emotion without embellishing it with perverse orchestration or all manner of multi-tracked trickery.
  3. In its many moments offering something warm and comfortable, Into the Blue Again might have been able to gain the status of one of those albums that could settle restless nerves, but this undercurrent of coldness counteracts this idea, leaving some tracks unsatisfying, passable rather than pleasing.
  4. Unlike his earlier recordings, there's little here that rewards close listening.
  5. 60
    Comes off like a less foreboding version of [Sigur Ros'] moody orchestral drift. [Oct 2006, p.94]
  6. 40
    Lacks not only the impressive guestlist [of its predecessor]... but also the sparkle. [Nov 2006, p.99]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. KelvinH
    Sep 21, 2006
    10
    Best Album of the year
  2. jorgea
    Sep 16, 2006
    9
    Outstanding!
  3. DustinT
    Oct 17, 2006
    8
    Super solid album. I found a huge improvement in their production from their last release.
  4. JasonK
    Oct 15, 2006
    5
    average. nothing special
  5. philz
    Nov 6, 2006
    5
    Besides a few great tracks, just not nearly as good top-to-bottom as In A Safe Place, and doesn't break any new ground from that album. It sounds like a B-sides collection left over from his last release. Expand