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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 (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 124,102 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 By Mr Andrew T Smith on 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 By A Customer on 26 Aug. 2002
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. J. Brindle VINE VOICE on 15 Nov. 2002
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 By "a_kiwi_far_from_home" on 14 April 2003
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mooingzelda on 27 Aug. 2002
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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 By Amazon Customer on 29 Dec. 2002
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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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