Since I Left You - The Avalanches
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  • Summary: This sample-driven Austrialian dance outfit scored a hit in its homeland with this, its debut full-length release (following three EP releases since 1997). The UK music press created a publicity avalanche for the band in the Spring of 2001, as the album picked up strong reviews (quotes from some appear below) and was featured in numerous articles. Packed with over 600 samples of recordings dating from the 1950's to the present (each one credited in the liner notes!) as well as original instrumentation, 'Since I Left You' is a varied and unique record. Expand
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Quite possibly the best sample record ever made.
  2. There's little doubt to Since I Left You's status as one of the most intimate and emotional dance records that isn't vocal-based.
  3. Everything sounds like it's been triggered by hand and mixed on the fly, practically improvised yet brilliant in scope. [#32, p.54]
  4. It obviously has its high points and moments that drift a little more, but The Avalanches are definitely onto something with the release.
  5. Since I Left You is as much of a revelation now as Primal Scream's life-changing Screamadelica was a decade ago.
  6. 80
    Their sound is remarkably fresh, for the kaleidoscope of samples from as many eras as vinyl has existed not only add musical credibility, but also add a depth to this extremely fun album. [May 2001, p.80]
  7. Luckily, the album has an easy-going air that lifts it out of the realm of smart-guy assemblage and into sexy, summery territories.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 58 out of 59
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 59
  3. Negative: 1 out of 59
  1. AbelL.
    Jul 24, 2002
    A great headphone album that would also be a hit at any party. Enjoyable at the first listen, and the 100th too.
  2. KonstantinosA.
    Nov 25, 2001
    Album of the year so far...
  3. MichaelB
    Mar 17, 2009
    Deep, yet accessible due to its fun, melancholy nature. The best of its genre, with its sheer variation keeping you listening again and again.
  4. MikeS
    Jun 2, 2005
    Opeed my eyes to sampling and nothing else since has come close. Equinoxx, if you know better please tell me, because this disc is toe tappin' good from the first beat to the last. *Frontier Psychiatrist is worth the purchase alone. Expand
  5. RayK
    Dec 30, 2007
    Anything other than 10 would be criminal. Listening to it now on the eve of 2008, and it's still so far ahead of the game it's embarrassing. Expand
  6. Apr 15, 2013
    Deep, soothing and fun all tied together in a perfect album. There's just nothing like it out there. I highly recommend listening to it from start to finish for the best experience. Expand
  7. larrys
    Jun 11, 2005
    This has to be the most overrated cd ot the last 10 years. Sure it sounds different from other cd's, but so does the sound of a dentist drill. I have no desire to hear either sound again. Expand

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