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Breathe

Leaves (Iceland), The Leaves Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (19 Aug 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: B Unique
  • ASIN: B00006FR7B
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,661 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Go Down
2. Catch
3. Silence
4. Breathe
5. Crazy
6. Epitaph
7. Alone In The Sun
8. Deep Blue Day
9. Suppose
10. Race
11. We

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With the soaring and emotive Breathe, the Leaves join the talented pantheon of Northern European bands that includes the likes of the Hives, Sigur Ros and the Soundtrack of Our Lives. Former opera-singing frontman Arnar Gudjonssen's haunting vocals glide between the delicate lilting melody and melancholy resignation of "I Go Down" and the impossibly rousing "Catch"--his range is as expansive as this music is atmospheric. Comparisons to Coldplay and Radiohead--particularly Thom Yorke's enviable vocal talents--are not only inevitable, but also utterly justified.

The title track, built around a stark piano loop and strumming acoustic guitar, aches with fragility and pained introspection before building into a defiant string-laden moment of beguiling beauty. As expected from a band hailing from a country where nearly half the year is spent without sunlight, desolation and claustrophobia reign, but there are also some heart-stopping moments of guitar frenzy (namely "Crazy" and the impassioned "Race"). Reflecting the haunting charm of their windswept homeland, Breathe is a colossal chunk of cool. --Christopher Barrett


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Breath Of Fresh Air 19 Aug 2002
Format:Audio CD
Talented lads, Leaves. When the Icelandic five-piece aren't scribbling down new lyrics and tunes, they're playing third-division football.... nice. But what really matters here though is not their ability to do 'keepy-uppies' or bend a free kick, but whether their slow-burning debut LP, 'Breathe', can contend with the current masters of epic and eclectic Indie (e.g. Doves, Coldplay)....
Firstly, 'Breathe' doesn't sound too dissimilar from say 'Lost Souls', or 'Parachutes'; Anar Gudjonsson's vocals occasionally nodding in the direction of Jimi Goodwin, Chris Martin, and even sometimes Mansun's Paul Draper. "So, nothing new then?" you might think, but Leaves hold a particularly splendid trump card in which cleverly-timed piano hooks and guitar melodies provide the perfect picture of a claustrophobic, yet beautiful landscape ('Breathe', 'Epitaph').
However, that's not to say that the band can't write tunes of anthemic quality. Single 'Catch', 'Crazy', and a scrumptious re-working of 'Alone In The Sun' are all bold Indie-Rockers, which slide smoothly in between the more delicate moments.
An album that reveals new delights with every play, and a satisfyingly ideal remedy for the 'rocked-out' listener... check it out.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing debut.. took me by surprise 26 Aug 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I didn't expect much when I got this album as a present. But what a surprise.. calling them "the new Radiohead" is not unfair at all. I find them more similar to Coldplay though, but their music is more ambitious and has even more of the same claustrophobic beauty all over it.
The only weakness is the middle part of the album (the best tracks are at the beginning and the end). But if you liked albums such as OK Computer and Coldplay's Parachutes, Breathe is going to be a nice addition to your collection.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Autumnal 15 Nov 2002
By Mr. D. J. Brindle VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album by the Icelandic softrockers hoping to find something that came close to the other artists mentioned in the same breath, namely the fine Elbow, beautiful Coldplay and masterful Doves.
I didn't find anything that comes close.
What I did find however is a brooding album full of heartbreak and loss that somehow manages not to be too dreary or downbeat.
Standout track for me is "We", the album closer that builds to a powerful and feedback driven finale that sounds almost Radioheadesque, both musically and vocally.
Lead singer Arnar Gudjonssen's vocals are distinctly impressive throughout wavering between Richard Ashcroft and Thom Yorke and the quality of sound and composition is also excellent.
To summarise I would recommend this album to those that want a slightly rockier coldplay with a Nordic tinge or to those that miss the sonic fun and games provided by early Verve collections.
Just don't expect anything that comes close to Elbow, Doves and definitely nowhere near Coldplay.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Icelandic Saga! 14 April 2003
Format:Audio CD
I am surprised the average star rating hovers at only 4, as I think this album is a very accomplished debut - and give it a deserved 5 stars. It is not upbeat perse, but it is very uplifting; as the music is stirring, majestic and haunting. It does contain a more somber or serious nature to it that is often indicative of Scandinavian music, which may not be to everyone's liking.
Still, 'Breathe' has a good mix of catchy songs, as well as more gentle tracks. Though, all have great tunes and are beautifully melodic. I prefer the slower songs in general and really like "Breathe", "Epitah", "Deep Blue Day" and "We".
It is unfair to compare 'Leaves' to other bands, as they are in a league of their own. If they must be compared though, then I prefer them to both 'Coldplay' and the 'Doves'. I hadn't heard any of the songs on the album and took a gamble in buying it - I am glad I did! I highly recommend 'Breathe' and look forward to hopefully seeing a second album by this talented Icelandic band.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the albums of the year! 27 Aug 2002
Format:Audio CD
It might take a few listens at first, but this is without a doubt a very fine album. The most recent couple of singles, 'Race' and 'Catch' stand out the most, but the rest of the album easily lives up to the high standard set by them. Slow-burning epics ('Breathe', 'I Go Down') rub shoulders with high energy guitar ('Crazy', 'Alone In The Sun'), giving enough variety to please any listener. This is exemplified by the final track, 'We', which starts off at a measured pace but works up to a fiery finish that leaves a lasting impression on the listener. Overall an excellent debut by a band who are sure to produce even better music in the years to come.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, but have I heard it before? 29 Dec 2002
By Chris
Format:Audio CD
Firstly, I would like to state that this is a fine album jam-packed with beautiful tunes, though it all sounds too familiar...
For instance 'Catch' could have been lifted straight from Doves 'The Last Broadcast'. 'Silence' is reminiscent of Coldplay, 'Crazy' sounds just like Starsailor's work and there are hints of Radiohead, Embrace, Mansun, Travis, Sigur Ros and Aqualung.
I am by no means accusing them of plagiarism, but it is not greatly innovative. But hey, it is still a fine indie album, and a superb debut album from a band made-up of Icelandic semi-pro footballers!
My favourite tracks are 'Catch', 'Race', 'We' and 'Alone in the Sun', but the whole album is refreshing and very professionally made. Buy this album for your collection, it is essential listening for lovers of contemporary British Indie such as Coldplay, Doves and Starsailor.
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3.0 out of 5 stars This album is alright, but with time it just doesn't hold up...
I was just dithering on allmusic guide, looking for some new interesting music i might like (i am literally hungover from coldplay, keane et al). Read more
Published on 27 Dec 2005 by Monkey
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I bought this on the strength of a free download song on iTunes (Shakma, which is on the follow-up album "The Angela Test") and I was certainly not disappointed. Read more
Published on 24 Mar 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST DEBUT ALBUM FOR A LONG TIME
Pure quality - gentle indie beats mixed with uptempo rock songs. Similar to the doves, coldplay and radiohead-if you like those bands you will simply love this album!! BUY IT!!!
Published on 6 Oct 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking debut
It is hard to believe that Leaves have only been at this game for little over a year. Admittedly, this effort can hardly be said to be original, borrowing typical indie, laid-back... Read more
Published on 24 Jan 2003 by "stevendixon"
4.0 out of 5 stars gently does it
From Iceland these semi-acoustic alt-folk rockers (that’s easy for you to say), are touted as the answer to Coldplay, Starsailor and Haven. Read more
Published on 21 Nov 2002 by Steps
4.0 out of 5 stars It's been done before, but they do it better.
As usual, this record will be reviewed by a few wannabe music critics and avid music fans with very lofty opinions and high expectations. Read more
Published on 14 Oct 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Sounds familiar
Leaves have all the ingredients to make them a sensation. They come from Reykjavík, Iceland, in a time when it is well understood that all good rock is coming from the... Read more
Published on 7 Sep 2002 by M. Fantino
2.0 out of 5 stars Less than the sum of its parts
Leaves' credentials are impeccable. They hail from Iceland, a country which, per capita, must be the must culturally productive in the world. Read more
Published on 20 Aug 2002
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