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Into the Blue Again

The Album LeafAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)


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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 (September 12, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • ASIN: B000H7JA98
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,350 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Light
2. Always For You
3. Shine
4. Writings On The Wall
5. Red Eye
6. See In You
7. Into The Sea
8. Wherever I Go
9. Wishful Thinking
10. Broken Arrow

Editorial Reviews

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...its gentle beats and ambient textures are gorgeous enough to stand on their own. - (Austin L. Ray) -- Chord

A more intense and realized record.. with lusher strings and vocal harmonies..taking sonic peregrinations that suggest he's hit the mere beginning of a damn impressive creative side. - (Steven Leckart) -- Filter

On his fourth album, (LaValle) gently eases you into his mostly instrumental world, where shimmering keyboards float around sweeping strings and understated beats. - (Jason Gross) -- Spin

Product Description

Jimmy LaValle's varied experience includes stints with Tristeza, The Locust, GoGoGo Airheart, The Blackheart Procession, and Sigur Ros. "Into The Blue Again" sees LaValle handling the bulk of the vocal and instrumental duties. After tracking, he took the concentric billows of feathered keyboards, filmy strings, and chiseled drums to Iceland for three weeks of mixing to tape to maintain Brian Eno-informed translucence. Having shared so much time and space with others on the road, LaValle proves, with this personally charged release, that The Album Leaf resonates most profoundly when he goes it alone.

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great album September 19, 2006
Format:Audio CD
The new Album Leaf album Into the Blue Again was released last week to relatively little fanfare with an advance track that I liked but didn't love, so it took me over a week to actually purchase the new CD. I'm not sure why. I've loved each of their previous releases, from the completely wordless but beautiful One Day I'll Be on Time to the more filled-out arrangements (and Sigur Ros influence) of In a Safe Place. And this collection does not disappoint. The Album Leaf started as a side project to Jimmy LaValle's Tristeza, which is more electronic based, but LaValle has really expanded his sound into an ambient masterwork, somewhat similar to Sigur Ros, and approximating some of the lighter sounding tracks of Mogwai.

LaValle does some more singing on this new album, and while I thought the vocal tracks on In a Safe Place were the highlights, creating a welcome change of pace to the same-ness that plagued One Day I'll Be on Time, the sung songs are unfortunately the weak points of this album. But those minor down points are more than made up for on the rest of the album, which features some of the most beautifully melodic tracks I've heard this year. Opener "The Light" kicks this off with understated brilliance and is followed by the aforementioned "Always for You", a good but not great song. Then "Shine" hits you and it takes a while to recover. Just an almost perfect song as LaValle confidently applies his craft, creating shimmering beauty out of several instruments that blend together into a seamless form. According to the liner notes, "Shine" uses violins, Rhodes piano, keyboards, synthesizers, bass guitar, glockenspiel, drums, and drum programming, all but the violin performed by LaValle himself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Album Leaf - Into The Blue Again September 9, 2011
Format:Audio CD
The Album Leaf's post-rock/downtempo mood continues with INTO THE BLUE AGAIN, as "The Light" drifts calmly on soft layers of sound. But "Always for You" brings in the drums and the vocals, and tracks like "Shine" remind you that the Album Leaf is, at heart, a rock band, despite the electronic underpinnings. But that's OK! If it makes "Red-Eye" seem like a melancholy stroll through an empty city street with its stuttering rhythm and long strings, that's OK! Really, this is an album that could have appeared on Morr Music. "See in You" has that combination of electronic and acoustic guitar that seems all the rage, but does it well; "Into the Sea" swells with orchestral beauty; the gentle piano that starts "Wishful Thinking." To top it off, "Broken Arrow" brings back those weepy strings, and the whole rock/techno dichotomy gets destroyed. But that's OK.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Music That Helps You April 23, 2009
Format:Vinyl
This album is beautiful. Comprising of mostly instrumental tracks it is a very easy listen. I find I have been listening to this one (MP3 format) a lot at work. As there are very few lyrics, I do not focus too much on what is going on in the song and I find it helps me think and relax when focusing on my work. At the same time when I want to really listen to the album (vinyl) I am just as impressed with the intricacy and layers of sound in each track.
This album for me was a chance discovery. So even if you are not a big fan of chilled out instrumental music, give this one a go. It is absolutely fantastic and has made it in to my all time favorite albums list.
The vinyl edition is very simple. One record in a sleeve with a sheet of liner notes included. Nothing too fancy there.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mystical Quality June 23, 2007
Format:Audio CD
In William James' classic The Varieties of Religious Experiences, buried deep in the 400 page work is a passing comment concerning music's appeal to one's mystical sensibility. Into the Blue Again is a great album that captures nearly flawlessly that mystical quality that is so attractive to some people. What I enjoy about it the most is that it captures this quality without being barbaric, eccentric, or abrasive. Into the Blue Again is peaceful and transcendent while at the same time powerful, both familiar and new at the same time.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Edgy Ambient Fusion January 10, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Shimmering ambient meets translucent edge in a creative fusion with artistic appeal. An escape into satisfaction that leaves you filled with anticipation. The warmth is exciting and the casual coolness leaves you in mystery.

"The Light" purrs into life and then washes into liquid solitude in a reverberating perfection that opens up into "Always For You."

"Shine" is rigid and dreamy like ice melting into hot chocolate and wolves running through snow. "Writings on the Wall" is moody and revelatory with solitary violin haunting an emotional landscape with indistinct vocals. This song melts into "Red Eye" as notes echoes through cavernous underground chambers splintering off stalactites and diving into deep luminous pools. Crystalline textures dance with warm ambience echoing out in all directions. Once this haunting track takes hold of you it doesn't let you go and takes you on an edgy ambient fusion.

"See in You" continues the instrumental mood with snappy rhythmic beats that seems to blur out into a mellow soul tuning introspection. More like poetry than music, at times this is a study of tone.

"Into the Sea" is slightly more reticent than the previous selections and this creates an element of tension throughout as the track tries to break free. As if seeking a destiny, the song finally moves from swirling in circles to an exciting flourish. Ancient voices seem to be calling from faraway lands and then they dissipate into a silky wave.

"Wherever I Go" arrives and takes over in a moody orchestration and mellow vocals. The instrumentation is striking and ecstatic with an intriguing ending that makes your head spin.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Mighty weak
I have all of TAL releases & this is really underwhelming. I like mellow atmospheric music as much as the next guy but this has no substance whatsoever. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Indigo
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Surprise
I got this CD because I loved "One Day I'll Be On Time" so much. Great CD to listen to while I run, do chores, office work.
Published 18 months ago by Lonna Blair
5.0 out of 5 stars Good record
I think this is a good record like all that this grup. I recomended it! I think this is a good record like all that this grup. I recomended it!
Published 21 months ago by Ameza
5.0 out of 5 stars _
This music is pure therapy. I could listen to it while receiving either the best or worst news of my life, and it would still fit perfectly with the situation.
Published on October 20, 2010 by SRM
5.0 out of 5 stars fast delivery
Everything ok, the vinyl is in good condition even with the transport from USA to France.
Published on February 23, 2010 by Ludovic Le Bec
5.0 out of 5 stars "Always For You" is pretty much a perfect song
First heard "Always For You" from this album used to beautiful effect in the Japan section of the wonderful surf/travel/art movie "Sipping Jetstreams". Read more
Published on October 26, 2008
3.0 out of 5 stars album leaf
i cant stand his singing on this album, i dont know if im being hypercritical.
Published on December 26, 2006 by Bryce P. Hample
5.0 out of 5 stars !
jimmy lavalle does it again...i really like the way he recorded this. and where he recorded this (Iceland) it really adds to the feel..
Published on October 19, 2006 by corey swag
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