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Perhaps my personal Album of the Year!,
This review is from: Angela Test, The [Limited Edition] (Audio CD)
Since this album isn't (so far) being released in the States (a shame, too, with all the crap that the labels over here DO release week after week), I thought I would at least write a review from overseas here in the U.S. to praise this album. If you consider the rather boring moniker of "Coldplay meets Radiohead", which would correctly describe the first Leaves album "Breathe", don't let that stop you from hearing this new one. A maturity and depth not found in the last several Radiohead albums and a lack of pretentiousness that often IS found in Coldplay is not to be heard here. Perhaps it is the influence of their chilled homeland of Iceland that gives this album such a balance of warmth and coolness, but this is music that washes over you with a blend of melodies and instrumentation that I haven't heard since "OK Computer" - and without any of the anthemic, arena-ready compositions now so much a part of Coldplay's latest incarnation. I thought "X & Y" was my favorite album this year, until I sat down with this. A perfect album - one that needs to see the light of day in America.