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A 10-year anniversary is a time to reflect. In a relationship, it's a chance to recount the first date; to remember the awkward pauses and the eventual connection. For musicians, a 10-year anniversary is a time to look back on their first album and see how far they've come from those earliest recordings. The new Album Leaf album A Chorus of Storytellers, marks the first decade for the ... Read more in Amazon's The Album Leaf Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 22, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • ASIN: B00023B1SK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,092 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Jimmy LaValle, perhaps known best for his work in the contemplative dream-rock outfit Tristeza and San Diego's The Black Heart Procession, began releasing delicate, progressive instrumental work as The Album Leaf in 1999(the name comes from a Chopin piece). After years of labor-intensive touring and tinkering with complex tracks in his cramped bedroom studio, LaValle was repeatedly offered a rare invite from Icelandic phenoms Sigur Ros and Mum to record his newest solo opus in their Mosfellsbaer studio. He finally accepted and flew overseas to compose and record "In A Safe Place." With the addition of vocals (absent from previous Album Leaf releases) from The Black Heart Procession's Pall Jenkins, Sigur Ros' Jon Thor Birgisson, and LaValle himself, the songs on the new record are chillingly delicate and more pop-based than ever before. "In A Safe Place" masterfully negotiates the spaces between minimal electronica and neo-instrument rock.

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Kristin Cotterell on June 28, 2004
Format: Audio CD
At first listen, I was struck by two different approaches of appreciation one can take when listening to this album. The first was to recognize that these lovely tracks could serve as a total catalyst for pleasant introspection and quiet musings... not unlike nighttime driving on a deserted road lined with backlit trees, fond memories of love or childhood or past epiphanies swelling, and the urge to either relish in the aloneness or to hold someone's hand, dammit.
The other was to take into conscious consideration that this album was created in Iceland: a crystallized country gilded in white, which also touts some of the more peaceful, moving, and innovative music of our generation (think: Bjork, Sigur Ros, etc.). So here you have Jimmy Lavalle, aka Album Leaf and a founding member of Trisetza, who has already proven that he understands the purpose of instrumental music: to create a soundtrack for our moments without using lyrics to tell us how to feel. This fella displaced himself from his cozy residence in San Diego, CA (a city which also has music-related bragging rights, ie; Pinback, Drive Like Jehu, Black Heart Procession, need I go on..?), and moved his ass to the inspirational country of Iceland to create this album.
A Safe Place, indeed.
But don't get me wrong: San Diego does represent on this album, as do Icelandic artists and (gasp) lyrics, all of which turn out to be very fortunate decisions. Jon Thor Birgisson of Sigur Ros and Pall Jenkins of Black Heart Procession both contribute their skills to the album, including vocals on songs "On Your Way" (Jenkins) and "Over the Pond" (Birgisson), which happen to be two of the more noteworthy tracks on the album.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A. Kohler on June 26, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is my first Album Leaf album, and is the first time I've ever heard more than 45 seconds of any given song from their catalog. Upon first listen I was amazed by the lush arrangments, steady beats, and beautiful sounds. I've been listening for a few hours straight now and I'm still in awe.
This album create an atmosphere of warmth and rest, an album perfect for that fall day at home with a signifacant other (or by yourself) or falling asleep at night. There are beautiful string arrangments, soft soothing guitars and drums that fit perfectly. They don't overtake the song and drown out the rest of the instruments, the drums instead relax into the music and create a perfect mixture. Every song is soothing and very relaxed. This is probably one of the most beautiful albums I own.
There really isn't much else that can be said about this album. It's beautiful, relaxing, and amazingly put together. Many of the songs are instrumental but a few contain vocals, one song (Over the Pond) has a guest appearence from the lead singer of Sigur Ros. Thule and Another Day (Revised) are the two stand out tracks for me, neither contain vocals and are full of piano, strings and beautiful textures and layers of sounds. I'll be falling asleep to this tonight and I can't wait to see what dreams will come.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 23, 2004
Format: Audio CD
There's something inherently magical about Jimmy LaValle's work with The Album Leaf. His music has this texture to it that's thoroughly relaxing as well as thought-provoking. I had the good fortune of finding his work earlier in September of last year and I have yet to tire of it. In fact, with the release of his latest album, "In A Safe Place," I can feel nothing but excitement for it.
First off, this record sounds very similar to the landscape in which it was recorded. You can almost hear the ambience and atmosphere of Iceland in tracks like "Another Day (Revised)" and "Thule." The incorporation of vocals - an aspect I was somewhat skeptical about - turned out wonderfully. Hearing Pall Jenkins (Black Heart Procession), Jon Thor Birgisson (Sigur Ros), and Jimmy LaValle himself sing was wonderful. For Album Leaf purists out there, this record still sounds like LaValle's earlier work, but the addition of a string ensemble, glockenspiel, various percussion instruments, and singing in some of the tracks give it an extra dimension. A dimension that did not disappoint me at all. One can hear the hints of Sigur Ros in this record mainly because Sigur Ros' Jon Thor Birgisson sings on a song and their string ensemble plays, but it still remains as the most solid Album Leaf record I've heard. I highly recommend this.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J on May 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
While I have heard that this album is a bit different from previous releases by the Album Leaf, I cannot really comment because, I admit, this is the first album of theirs that I have heard. What I can tell you about it though is that it's excellent.
It's an album that shoots its atmosphere off into all directions. It's an album for those times you've been in the car driving for ten hours and the morning is just starting to bleed into the night. To be honest, it's pretty mellow. I don't think anyone would classify it as 'pump-up' music, but that doesn't detract from it at all.
It opens with the wonderfully ambient "Window" which melds into "Thule". This one-two punch of atmospherics gives a pretty good idea where the album is going. Vocals pop in for three of the tracks, but mostly the songs just grab hold with their musicality and don't let go.
The songs are like walking along a trail in the woods; they take gentle detours here and there and you follow them for the time being, but the detours always return to the main path.
Personally, all the songs are pretty enjoyable, but a high point would have to be "The Outer Banks". It features a skittering low-key electro-beat but really builds an off-kilter intensity by the time it reaches its climax.
Sure, it falls a little too low and flat in parts, it's not a perfect record, but it's still pretty good.
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