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Since I Left You Enhanced

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Amazing full length debut, now deleted in the U.S., for the Aussie indie/dance act who've mixed Badly Drawn Boy & were the first act to get permission from Madonna to sample from her oeuvre (regardless of what you feel about her you have to admit she has

The Avalanches are a much-feted six-man crew of sample addicts from Australia whose debut album, Since I Left You, is a bargain-bin vinyl throwback to the Daisy Age. This album is constructed like a mix tape and calculated to tweak the dance floor. Snatches of familiar rhythms bubble up throughout, giving the record a comfortable lived-in feel but also betraying the fact that the group hasn't dug very far through the crates to source their raw material. There's little doubt that this kind of sample reconstruction has become standard fare for retrogressive adolescents with precious little musical flair and a mania for collecting records. The Avalanches get full marks for their seamless mixing skills, but otherwise it all feels way too tidy, bristling with its own inventiveness when it should be striving for something that transcends its influences. --Chris Campion

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Since I Left You
  2. Stay Another Season
  3. Radio
  4. Two Hearts In 3/4 Time
  5. Avalanche Rock
  6. Flight Tonight
  7. Close To You
  8. Diners Only
  9. A Different Feeling
  10. Electricity
  11. Tonight
  12. Pablo's Cruise
  13. Frontier Psychiatrist
  14. Etoh
  15. Summer Crane
  16. Little Journey
  17. Live At Dominoes
  18. Extra Kings

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 6, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B00005QC5J
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,607 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By _ on November 17, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Whatever formula these Australian mixers and sample connossieurs have come up with, for this debut album, seems to be some of the most refreshing sounds heard in a while from the genre of dub/electro/dance/house/mixing. I haven't been this impressed with an album of this kind, since DJ Cam's 'Mad Blunted Jazz' or even possibly the recent release from Pete Rock: 'Petestrumentals'. The Avalanches know how to generate some well-layered production and sample weaving. One of the fun aspects of listening to somewhat sample based records is figuring out the sample sources.
"Since I Left You" starts the album off, with a 70s Pop feel, complete with strings, flute, a nice vocal dub, and that signature background guitar sound from that era. In "Stay Another Season", you will hear some of the music foundation from Madonna's "Holiday", before the sounds progress into a latin tinge, with a horse even joining in the medley. "Radio" serves as the pathway towards dancefloor groove, utilizing a myriad of synth ins and outs and pulsating bounce. It's certainly a House rocker! "Two Hearts In 3/4 Time" is probably the soundscape for 'ladies choice', when the ladies skim the party for a dance partner, who will offer a smooth presence and plenty of eye contact. The Fender Rhodes really make this tune an ultimate in the chill out and connection mood. I love "Avalanche Rock" because in 23 seconds, this songs drills in your head a sample of the beginning verse from Hip Hop MC Raekwon's "Glaciers of Ice". I am glad to see that some other people out there know of the Hip Hop group, Camp Lo.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J on February 1, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Simply Amazing i tells ya!!! its one of those albums that just blows me away everytime I hear it. For an album made entirely out of samples, its an excellent combination of music/beats that blends so seamlessly together.
The mixture of music works beautifully together, you would think the Avalanches played the music themselves, rather than them using little bits from other songs like Madonna's "holiday" catchy bassline used in their song "Stay another season".It just amazes me how perfectly and how easily the samples blend together, every sample sounds exactly where its supposed to go, nothing sounds out of place.
The samples themselves are terrific, from 60's sounding tunes to horses, foghorns, carousels, etc. Lots of them still have that scratchy vinyl, warped sound which makes the music sound so much warmer. There's a lot going on within each song, often using little bits from other songs to keep with the consistency of the sound. Its great to listen to all in one go as each song flows easily one into the other.
Aaahh,the avalanches have it all here from your upbeat dance tunes like "live at Dominoes" to the laid back,chillout ones like "Tonight". "Etoh" is one that really shines for me. Its starts off with these little voices singing "etoh" continusly then gradually this chillout beat is introduced with a catchy flute in the backround.....I could listen to this for hours!
Another favourite is "Electricity", I love the angelic voices at the beginning of the song, it then slowly builds up into a kickass funky beat that really gets your toes tapping."Two heats 3/4 time" is also great, the la di da vocals will stay in your head for a while, but its a happy tune that you won't mind having stuck in your head :)
Do yourself a favour and be inspired,entertained and blown away by the most incredibly talented bunch around.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mande on March 31, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Some people don't seem to be getting the humour of this album. This CD (while being wonderful) comes off as more of a parody of older music than a serious recording. It's the absolute weirdness of this album that makes it so good; even though they've recycled samplings throughout it and often haven't disgised them very well, take it like a fresh spin on an old song, rather than an old song with other stuff glued on. By the way, the vinyl crackling was done on purpose; it's not the fault of bad equipment! It gives the tracks a sort of..ambience, like you're actually listening to an old record instead of a cd.
Well I have to admit that before I heard this album, the sort of music I was listening to was mostly old school rock; Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, etc. I'd always looked on the dance scene as superficial and bland; then I heard Since I Left You. This song has single handedly changed my views on dance music, Australian music and even just music in general. After hearing only two songs from the CD (Since I Left You and Frontier Psychiatrist) I went and bought the whole CD. I have to admit that I didn't like it the first time I listened to it, but after a few listens I realised how amazing the music really is. And it's not music like music I've ever known before. The whole album works more like a painting than a CD, with each song flowing smoothly into the next, and elements intermeshed between songs and even popping up a couple of songs down the track. It all sounds like what I learned in Art at school - a painting should always have a few focal points, and the colours must be worked throughout it.
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