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Book Of Leaves

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  • Audio CD (12 Oct. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ruminance
  • ASIN: B002OCBRZ4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD |  Vinyl |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 409,717 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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BBC Review

We owe Rachel Grimes big. With a proliferation of neo-classicists now banging on the eardrums of indie kids everywhere, it’s easy to forget the impact her chamber music ensemble, Rachel’s, made on the guitar-dominated dominions of alternative music in the mid-90s. Arguably, without her and the group to which she lent her name, artists like Max Richter, Jóhann Jóhannsson and even Sigur Rós would not have found such a wide and receptive audience.

Heavily influenced by Erik Satie and Michael Nyman, Grimes’ piano playing gave the group’s debut, 1995’s Handwriting, an air of authenticity, helping to fend off the naysayers accusing the Louisville troupe of crossover dilettantism. But it was only with Music for Egon Schiele, released a year later, that Grimes found the conviction and confidence to match her voice, the solemnity of her instrument leading the sombre tributes to the controversial Austrian painter. The breathtaking vignettes that comprised that work were deftly-delivered minimalist expressions, impressionistic rather than melodic, full of heartbreaking decays and intimate focus on the timbre of a solitary note.

It is an approach that Grimes resurrects on her enchanting solo debut, Book of Leaves. Her most wondrous gift was always her ability to paint the most evocative pictures in purest ivory and her lightness of touch allows majestic statements such as The Corner Room and Long Before Us to ring out, echoing with sensuousness and sentiment before drawing the listener back in. Occasionally she attempts to augment her creations with unfussy field recordings, such as the avian choruses that weave between delicate ivory droplets on She Was Here and Every Morning, Birds, but these seem like merely tokenistic distractions. Grimes’ performances are standalone strong throughout and any accompaniment is really just so much side salad.

It’s only with the album’s longest piece, the almost Charlemagne Palestine-esque like shimmer of Mossgrove, that the album’s fragile spell is almost broken. But it’s a momentary diversion and a distinctive tributary which ably demonstrates Grimes’ growing versatility and development as an artist. Book of Leaves is simply an absorbing turn from a true pioneer. --Spencer Grady

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