Into The Blue Again - The Album Leaf
Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. 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.
  2. 80
    Throughout the disc, Lavalle shows great ability to craft soundscapes that demand attention through their subtleties. [Sep 2006, p.131]
  3. Shows LaValle exploring new and exciting sonic territory with mostly positive results. [Oct 2006, p.200]
  4. 70
    [A] promising set of laptop balladry, ambient Brian Eno classicism and even an attempt at shifty electro-funk. [#73, p.85]
  5. Despite the Album Leaf's studied textures and buoyant songcraft, there is a crippling lack of tension inherent within Into the Blue Again's careful constructions.
  6. Ultimately Into The Blue Again disappoints.
  7. Unlike his earlier recordings, there's little here that rewards close listening.
  8. 60
    Comes off like a less foreboding version of [Sigur Ros'] moody orchestral drift. [Oct 2006, p.94]
  9. 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.
  10. Into the Blue Again is not essential, but its beauty is familiar and intimate.
  11. It's hard not to like music this well-ordered and composed, but in the end it sounds as if The Album Leaf has taken a break on innovation and is settling for being derivative -- of itself.
  12. Easily the most plain-sounding album that LaValle has released to date.
  13. Into the Blue Again is more stylistically cohesive than his previous works, but the songs are ossified and interchangeable; while the one-man band aesthetic of Album Leaf implies meticulous approach to craft, there's an assembly line feel that makes you feel like he cranks out a tune in ten minutes and spends the rest of the week tweaking EQ.
  14. 40
    Lacks not only the impressive guestlist [of its predecessor]... but also the sparkle. [Nov 2006, p.99]
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. DustinT
    Oct 17, 2006
    8
    Super solid album. I found a huge improvement in their production from their last release.
  3. JasonK
    Oct 15, 2006
    5
    average. nothing special