The Fallen Leaf Pages

  • Record Label: Merge
  • Release Date: Mar 22, 2005
Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. The Fallen Leaf Pages is the kind of record that holds no surprises or excitement, the kind that sounds over before it reaches the halfway point.
  2. The Fallen Leaf Pages is the group's fourth record, and it sounds a lot like their third record, which was quite similar to the second one, which had a striking resemblance to the first one.
  3. Their penchant to recreate the music they love leaves little room for innovation, and ultimately the album has the freshness of an unearthed time capsule.
  4. Uncut
    60
    Their drowsy lullabies and minor-key melodies are now so commonplace... that much of it seems unremarkable. [Dec 2005, p.109]
  5. Mojo
    70
    Not their masterpiece, but a sizeable effort nonetheless. [Apr 2006, p.100]
  6. This isn’t a half-formed album as such, just that it’s statued unchanging tempo and unvarying instrumentation leave potential developments lying by the roadside.
  7. Paste Magazine
    60
    Finds them doing pretty much what they've always done (hardly bad news). [#16, p.149]
  8. The ease of the instrumentation and the hushed vocals do their part to loosen you up as the music whisks you away to the innocence of childhood and teenage dreams that have never left the recesses of your mind.
  9. The Fallen Leaf Pages settles comfortably into the band's canon, delivering no surprises, no gimmicks, no gags, no quirks and no affectations.
  10. Put simply, this music is slow, the same slow soggy tempo the whole way through.
  11. Magnet
    70
    It's drowsy, but drowsy with one cup of coffee in it. [#68, p.108]
  12. Filter
    90
    Despite all of the concentrated production, these mellow, easy-going songs still sound completely effortless. [#15, p.97]
  13. Despite being monstrously homogenous and boring, The Fallen Leaf Pages is too much of a melodic accomplishment to dismiss.
  14. The Fallen Leaf Pages starts strong and tails off, but even that would be more forgivable if Putnam’s writing was as distinctive as it used to be.
  15. Urb
    70
    Putnam's longing voice and rusty guitar strum easily envisions a rustic dwelling, yet their studio strengths reveal a Pink Floyd fetish. [Jun 2005, p.85]
  16. The songs on Fallen Leaf Pages are all played at roughly the same glacial pace and share a very mellow, thoughtful and regret-filled vibe. Some listeners will find them repetitive, even tedious.
  17. The Radar Brothers have been called "pastoral," "wandering" and "spacey." Their latest, The Fallen Leaf Pages, adds nothing new to this mix of descriptors.
  18. Stately, midtempo tunes whose immaculate production belies the darkness at their core.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. jeremyc
    Jun 26, 2005
    9
    I agree with the last comments! Try this album if you like Grandaddy, Radiohead, The Flaming lips and so on...!
  2. KatieR
    May 20, 2005
    10
    This album is more interesting every time I listen to it. I love it!
  3. WayneB
    May 18, 2005
    9
    Another solid release from the most unhearlded L.A. band (with exception to Acetone, R.I.P.) over the past dozen years ! Buy this record and Another solid release from the most unhearlded L.A. band (with exception to Acetone, R.I.P.) over the past dozen years ! Buy this record and see what you've been missing...Those who have followed this band already agree! Full Review »