The Dark Leaves

  • Record Label: Attitude
  • Release Date: Apr 13, 2010
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 9 Ratings

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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
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Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 10 Critics

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  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. They’ve amassed a collection of songs that stand together, proudly. It’s not a life-changing moment, nor is it even something that will win tons of new fans but it is a solid album, from front to back.
  2. The project's shortcomings are even more pronounced this time out since The Dark Leaves sounds like it's striving and somewhat succeeding in being the band's most rhythmically vital record.
  3. But even the songs I’ve just praised feel somehow blank and flat. Pond’s strength is also his weakness. One one hand, he clings stubbornly to his radio-ready songwriting chops, unable to lay down his skills for even a moment to let things bleed and seethe. On the other, he’s too melancholic and disaffected to embrace the transcendent possibilities of empty pop.