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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 13, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Modular Recordings
  • ASIN: B0002C4ILS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,205 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Playful, twisted, psychedelic, sampledelic, delirious and infectious, it's the sound of six men who spent most of adolescence rummaging through bargain bins in Melbourne's record shops, constructing their own post-modern disco-pop amalgam from rubbish '50s rejects and saccharine '60s pap. "Our records make sense in their own world," says Robbie Chater, the group's baby-faced spokesman. "We always wanted to make a record with a life of its own that you could lose yourself in."

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If someone finds another cd like this, please let us know.
Another thing I greatly enjoyed on the album is the way that the songs blended into each other.
I buy a lot of CD's and this is the best one I've heard in a long time.
Kirk McKenna Jr.

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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 30, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The Avalanches are a DJ's dream come true -- six Aussies who took hundreds of sound snatches, and wove together a wildly playful kind of electronica. Their first (and so far, only) album, "Since I Left You," is a tangle of the delicate, the weird, and the incredibly danceable.

It kicks off with the sparkling "Since I Left You," but the best is yet to come. The Avalanches manage to attain both a typical "sound" and plenty of originality in their songs, such as the bleeps-and-horns "Different Feeling," the knob-twiddling basslines of "Radio," the sputtery dance number "Live At Dominoes," and the interference-laden Rastafarian rock "Flight Tonight."

But with all the dance tracks, the Avalanches have their softer side: the delicately upbeat "Two Hearts in 3/4 Time," the swaying "Electricity," the brief and staticky "Pablo's Cruise," and the gauzy, multilayered "Etoh." It rounds off with the majestically languid "Extra Kings," which has a long sweep of distortion and chaos in the middle.

It's almost too easy to dance to the Avalanches. They take almost a thousand mismatched sounds and manage to cobble them into some really brilliant music. What's especially brilliant is the way these patchwork dance tracks manage to find solid, simple grooves, and stick to them right to the end.

"Since I Left You" isn't perfect -- at times the fragments don't quite mesh together. Some parts are pure chaos, but oddly they don't mar the overall sound; instead, they enhance it. Scattered in amongst the melody is the sound of video games, horses, discos, golf instructions, flutes, pianos, and seagulls -- it adds a strangely whimsical sound to the dance music.

The vocals tend to be samples repeated over and over, just under the surface of the music.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By E-CLoud on February 21, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I don't understand how someone could say that some of the songs are just filler with only half the songs being good. Every single minute of the song there is something fascinating/interesting/beautiful/funky/meaningful/whimsical/subtle going on, although not all at the same time. This is in my top 5 favorite albums ever, (along with miles davis, faust, etc.), and I listened to it all the time for like 2 years. I never got sick of it, but gave it a rest just in case I were to ruin the freshness. There are new sounds and loops that I notice in the cd 3-4 years down the road, which is simply amazing considering how many times I've listened to it. Listen to it loud at a party, but also listen to it with headphones sometime to check out the dozens of layers of sound.

All the samples sound warm, organic, live, natural, and beautiful. They are put together in a mindblowingly complex/subtle/unique way, and they have an EXPERT way of continuing things for the perfect amount of time. The whole cd is like one beautiful, ever changing song. This is the only cd I know of that is like this. I can't compare it to anything, seriously. If someone finds another cd like this, please let us know. This is the kind of cd that I could burn for just about anybody and expect them to enjoy it. It's funky/danceable as hell, it's got alot of depth to it, it's psychedelic in the way all the songs connect and the strange samples, it has MANY MANY layers to it that all sync up perfectly, it's extremely unique, very creative, and just plain wonderful. It's everything I would want in a dj/samples/collage/dance/electronic cd and more. Sort of the way Bitches Brew by Miles Davis was for jazz/rock/improvised music/funk, this album is for dance/electronic/sampled music.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Riddette on February 3, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I stumbled onto this ablum by just taking a punt while I was in a record shop, by asking the guy behind the counter to suggest an amazing CD to me.

I didn't give the CD a good listen at the shop and when I got it home I was a bit disappointed (it sounded all scrathcy like an old vinyl and that irritated me) and didn't play the album again for about 6 months.

Then one day I took out the album and played again and was stuned at how brilliant it is.

This ablum is a trip in the true sense of the word. You will be taken on a journey of musical genius (yes the word does get used over much but these guys really are musical geniuses) that not only enertains but it also transports.

This album fuctions a bit like a bunch of fragmented memories, jumping from place to place within a loose framework.

Dazzling and amazing stuff.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tom on November 30, 2011
Format: Audio CD
There has always been a fine line between art and stealing. Surely, someone cannot take a Monet painting and claim that it is his own. However, the practice of sampling clouds this boundary. Originally, the Avalanches' Since I Left You was not intended for wide-release due to uncertainty with this distinction. The album itself uses hundreds of vinyl samples. The depth and range of the Avalanches' sonic arsenal is quite impressive: Raekwon to the Four Tops, animal sounds to infomercials, old comedy routines to Madonna. However, the real brilliance of this album is how the samples are used, are integrated, and interact with one another. These sounds coalesce in such a way that put a fresh perspective on the original source material and evoke new emotions. This is not stealing, nor is it just sampling. This is arranging a mosaic from gemmed tiles to recreate a Byzantine icon. This is a god arranging individual molecules from a decomposed plant to form what will become a child's hand. This is masterful manipulation and control of the world around them. This is art.

The album's first breath is not that of a musical instrument or singing. Instead, indiscernible conversations are heard as if you are in a packed auditorium waiting for a concert to begin. Since I Left You is like the Sgt. Pepper's of the Millennial Generation; instead of taking on the persona of a fake band, the Avalanches become like a radio or television, churning out sounds, beats, and different musical styles for the audience. This facade carries throughout the album. The song "Tonight" starts with a sampled sound of applause welcoming the jazz singing of Nancy Wilson. "Close to You" as a laugh track similar to that of an ABC sitcom.
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