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A 10-year anniversary is a time to reflect. In a relationship, it's a chance to recount the first date; to remember the awkward pauses and the eventual connection. For musicians, a 10-year anniversary is a time to look back on their first album and see how far they've come from those earliest recordings. The new Album Leaf album A Chorus of Storytellers, marks the first decade for the ... Read more in Amazon's The Album Leaf Store

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  • Audio CD (26 July 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B0002ADX4I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,582 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By jallanr on 4 Dec. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Californian pianist and composer Jimmy Lavalle has been knocking out moody experimental recordings since 1999. For this latest album he teamed up with a bunch of Icelandic musicians and headed to the frozen north. The change of scene obviously did him good. "In a Safe Place" is a characteristically mellow, brooding set of soundscapes, with the addition of vocals, more traditional song structures, and occasional understated electronics. The result is a captivating CD, which is more accessible and somehow more affecting than his earlier works. At times haunting and melancholy, at others gently uplifting and anthemic the songs on this album are often spellbinding. The gorgeous "Another Day" with its type-writer beats, swooning strings and sprinkling of piano is worth the cover price alone.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mad Dog on 22 Oct. 2004
Format: Audio CD
This album is the best so far from Jimmy Lavelle aka The Album Leaf. It is certainly the most intelligent work he has produced and this can be atrributed to the fact that there are several memebers of the excellent Sigur Ros guesting here. The use of some beautiful violins and rasping vocals on 'Over the Pond' is undeniably heavily influenced by the Icelandic group, it is definitelt the best track on the album. Yet, we must not take credit away from Mr. Lavelle, it is his excellence that shines through on the record. Slightly less electronic than his other work he embraces a wide range of wind and string instruments and what he leaves us with is an album that is pure bliss. Close your eyes and listen. The Album Leaf has produced a musical kalaidoscope. You should get the rest of his work, sit back and enjoy. If you like this you're certain to like Manitoba and Four Tet, more beautiful electronica.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Piers Moktan on 30 Mar. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Something of a chance discovery, this is an absolutely gorgeous record, which reminds me why you shouldn't always trust reviewers. According to what I first encountered about `In A Safe Place' by The Album Leaf, the solo project of Jimmy LaValle, this was supposedly a rather mediocre and uninteresting record. What did intrigue me however was that it had been recorded in Iceland with members of Sigur Ros and The Black Heart Procession (with whom he also plays), and that it was an exercise in ambient, classically-infused post-rock featuring string arrangements and subtle electronic effects. Well, these are the type of sounds which have been engaging me over the past few years, so I thought it worth at least a trial, test listen. And that sold it to me.

There was something else though that also made me curious. I know times have changed, but hearing such delicate, intricately produced sounds as these on Sub Pop- a label that came to define the Seattle-based, lo-fi, grungey garage rock revival of the late 80s/early 90s came as a bit of a shock. After all, I was there when Mudhoney, Soundgarden and Nirvana were the in-thing, even seeing Nirvana perform in London with Godflesh and L7 before they skyrocketed to major-label, world-dominating fame. Sub Pop has clearly changed, not letting its legendary past constrain its future, and has gone onto nurture new and different sounds, including the wonders of `In A Safe Place'.

At times, that signature Scandinavian sound is evident- cheerfully melancholic music that evokes a bleak arctic world from which people shelter in warm and comforting enclaves.
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By tallmanbaby TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 27 May 2011
Format: MP3 Download
This is an instrumental album in a vaguely ambient style. I have heard tracks used quite a few times on soundtracks, indeed that is how I came across it. I loved the backing track to a video podcast and tracked down the artist.

This album could well become the go-to source for moody evocative soundtracks, taking some of the weight off the Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Phillip Glass and Brian Eno.

I think Window and TwentyTwoFourteen are probably the best tracks, but it is a strong album overall.

If you are still in doubt track down the video Up There on Vimeo a surprisingly interesting short documentary about people who paint adverts on New York walls with an Album Leaf soundtrack.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mr. T. A. V. Bishop on 6 Jun. 2005
Format: Audio CD
i saw the album leaf (well technically it was just jimmy and a laptop) support Sigur Ros a couple of years ago at the Hammersmith. I remember the music was nice enough, but with so many samples being played and only the one 'live' part, it was quite difficult to get into and consequently, the only memory i took away from his performance was the only words he said: "Good evening, im the album leaf" and "Thanks, i was the album leaf"
a year later i saw a promo copy of this album in my local record swapshop, and bought it on the whim. Besides, maybe itd have some Sigur Ros on it.
this album is beautiful. for about a month i listened to nothing else. if you like Sigur Ros or other art/prog/post-rock bands, chances are you'll like this. the musicians involved (jimmy, sigur ros and their string quartet, i think) manage to weave their beautiful sonic textures around jimmy's songs, which are a lot more 'pop' in structure and substance than anything in the art/prog/post world. theres also quite a bit of programmed percussion, with some lapses into clix/cuts territory. one song (Over the Pond, i think) features Jonsi from Sigur Ros on vocals, plus his keyboard sampler that he uses on (), so fans of the icelandic noise-musicians will feel completely at home.
ultimately just get it, because i cant begin to describe how perfect it is.
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