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  • Audio CD (April 13, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Attitude Records
  • ASIN: B0038QK5VC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,852 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Starting
2. Running Wild
3. Specs
4. Remains
5. Sparrows
6. Brooklyn Fawn
7. Ruins
8. Winter Fawn
9. The Dark Leaves Theme
10. First Song

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From a cabin in the woods outside of Bearsville, NY--where there's nothing much to do but watch the grass grow up with the coyotes, deer, turkeys, and yes, bears--Matt Pond let go of studio entanglements so he could hack off a piece of his own fate.

Trusting in the flicker at the end of the tunnel, he gives us The Dark Leaves , due April 2010.

It's been a few years since matt pond PA's, Last Light. And in the meantime, there's been some razing, rooting and rebuilding. You can hear it in the song 'Ruins', and you can feel it in a strain called 'Remains.'

Here s MPPA now: out of the gate on 'Running Wild', in a Louisville backyard, and on to a broken piece of a Miller High Life and then the sidewalk grass of 'Brooklyn Fawn' and then to the 'Specks' of gold in the Connecticut River.

These are to the reeling mistakes of one man washed away in cracked sinks of hotel bathrooms. Spinning seeds, green eyes, sleepless nights and 'Sparrows' in the rafters: this is the sound of the silent holes in a heart bent on survival.

These are the far flung stories of heartache and pain and redemption. These are stories of pain where a person completely dives into their own pitch-black night and comes out again, These are also stories of when the dark finally leaves.

In this era of technological advancements, it's remarkable that something can be repaired the old-fashioned way -- dismantling the gears to put it all back together again.

After almost giving up on the world outside the woods, Matt Pond, with the invaluable aid of Chris Hansen (engineer, co-producer), returns with The Dark Leaves. It's a record about surrendering and not, about being done with darkness and having something to sing about.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Erik C. on May 8, 2010
Format: Audio CD
My first impression of the new Matt Pond PA release was a not so good review from Pitchfork Magazine. The reviewer labeled this album as just bland uninspiring pop melodies that seem to never go anywhere, paraphrasing of course. Now I have been a huge fan since Emblems, an amazing album, and of course, Several Arrows later, which I think is their best so far. I was a bit taken back with "Last Light" but grew to really appreciate it and now it is one of my favorites. The same can be said for this new release. The melodies from the new release did not immediately sink in for me, but it took a few listens. By about the fourth listen, the melodies became infectious, the lyrics inspiring, and now I just consider it just incredible beautiful music. The first six songs are just amazing, and its hard to find a favorite among these. The album does slip in quality at the end, hence the four star review. But all in all, this band is stunningly underrated and this is one of my fav releases so far this year along with Shearwater, The National, and Midlake. So before you jump to conclusions on the first listen to this, give it a chance, and the melodies will sink in and you will hear it. Thanks Matt Pond PA for another great album!

And just an update on Pitchfork, they are not the end all "authority" of music quality. I like a lot of music that they rate high, but not all of it. And I like many albums, like this, that are just deplored by Pitchfork. But I have noticed trends over the years and this magazine appears to consistently hate every release from certain artists, such as Matt Pond PA and yes, even Pearl Jam receives poor ratings. Midlake's new album is also rated very low. So don't take these ratings as the gospel...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BJ Fraser VINE VOICE on April 18, 2010
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With The Dark Leaves, Matt Pond gets back to the gentler sound of albums like Emblems and A Few Arrows Later, as opposed to the harder-edged sound of Last Light. For me this was an improvement as Emblems is my favorite Pond album. It's too early to say which tracks are my favorites, but I've listened to the album a couple of times already and enjoyed it from start to finish. If you're a Matt Pond fan then this is a return to from and a must have. If you aren't a fan yet, then this isn't a bad place to start. The Dark Leaves is another of Pond's excellent efforts with soothing folk melodies and smart lyrics.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. C. Marsh on December 6, 2010
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I'm a big Matt Pond PA fan, but after my first listen from his latest effort, I thought it was just okay. But after the magical 3rd listen, I felt this one is much stronger than I originally expected. Now it's one of my favorite albums he's put out. My advice to someone listening to this for the first time is have patience. It's worth the wait.
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