Unwound
Leaves Turn Inside You


5.0
classic

Review

by zach USER (27 Reviews)
November 29th, 2009 | 33 replies | 5,707 views


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The soundtrack to giving up, but not giving in.

4 of 5 thought this review was well written

It’s that time of the year again. The time of year when we all gather together and see who can prove their love the most by purchasing the most gifts. I used to love this time of year when I was younger, but as I grew older I stopped putting so much value in material possessions. I started to feel really empty and noticed that there was a void inside me. I’m still not sure what’s supposed to go there, but I’ve tried filling it with plenty of different things. My most common filler has, of course, been music because what purpose does music serve other than to distract us, or if we’re in the mood remind us, of our quest towards nothingness. I’m not saying I’m a nihilist I just have an awful habit of rejecting all preconceived notions regarding life as we know it (as if we could even know anything LOL). Although if you are a nihilist I suppose there’s three courses of action you could choose from: a) Acknowledge that life is meaningless, but continue living because you’ve been given an opportunity to experience life without consequences, b) Acknowledge that life is meaningless and end your life because it’s just a waste of time and not worth the trouble, or if you really want to piss people off c) Acknowledge that life is meaningless and then say but “Who Cares”.

Unwound honestly don’t give a ***.

In their past, Unwound would scream and shout to anybody that would listen: “HEY YOU GUYS REALIZE THIS ALL EQUATES TO NOTHING, RIGHT?” but on their final album, Leaves Turn Inside You they finally realized that nobody was listening, so vocalist Justin Trosper decided to moan and wail so dispassionately even Thom Yorke would be taken aback. Although, it doesn’t really matter whether Trosper is really interested in what he’s saying, since it’s gripping and cryptic enough to garner the interest it deserves. But, if you’re not really into lyrics, just listening to the music should suffice as it’s just as bleak and hopeless as Trosper’s prose.

For a three-piece, Unwound sure know how to make a lot of noise. However, they do get a little bit of help on a few tracks, including the sprawling “Terminus” which goes through phases of minimalism to apocalyptic orchestration to soaring reverb. This 9-minute epic leads seamlessly into the chill albeit chilling “Demons Sing Love Songs”. It’s amazing that for an album so downcast and ultimately hopeless can contain fourteen truly unique songs. It’s impossible to compare Unwound to any other band or “sound” because to do so would completely undermine everything they’ve worked so apathetically to destroy.

At 76 minutes, Leaves Turn Inside You will be a challenging listen for most, but if you’re depressed and depraved enough to make the effort, there’s no doubt you’ll be astounded.



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Electric City
Staff Reviewer
November 29th 2009



15727 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

been spinning this a good amount lately

Digging: Joyce Manor - Never Hungover Again

hydeyomoney
November 29th 2009



934 Comments


fuck yeah, this should be the flagged review.

Schizophrenik
November 29th 2009



828 Comments


downloaded this a while ago but still have to listen. sounds awesome though, good review

Yotimi
November 29th 2009



6441 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album rules. Review could use a little more description of the actual songs and sound, especially to warrant the 5/5. Not a bad review though.

Powerban
November 29th 2009



2380 Comments


Yeah, Album is really good.

rasputin
November 29th 2009



14516 Comments


awesome album

Roach
November 29th 2009



2149 Comments


album is amazing

jagride
November 29th 2009



2256 Comments


Weak vocals undermine the great music

Transient
November 29th 2009



1461 Comments


been meaning to get this, love you as always zach

SeaAnemone
November 29th 2009



19721 Comments


I haven't fallen in love with this yet, I think I will, and I like it, hence the 4, but I don't "get" it yet.

Digging: Towers - Bel Air Highrise Plantation

joshuatree
Emeritus
November 29th 2009



3743 Comments


band is best

review's well written but you might want to write more about the music next time js

feav233
November 29th 2009



1411 Comments


nice review, album is awesome as all

kitsch
November 29th 2009



5107 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"been spinning this a good amount lately"

glad u checked it out


this album is fucking ridiculous. unwound are so damn good.

this is def top 10 of the decade material

iarescientists
December 30th 2009



5863 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

every time i listen to this my mind gets thrown for a loop

Schizophrenik
December 30th 2009



828 Comments


still haven't heard this

iarescientists
December 30th 2009



5863 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

you gotta man it's the only way to feel truly dead inside

joshuatree
Emeritus
December 30th 2009



3743 Comments


http://www.sputnikmusic.com/forums/showpost.php?p=16953396&postcount=10

whenever you talk about how good unwound is i just think of this

Schizophrenik
December 30th 2009



828 Comments


*goes and listens*

iarescientists
December 30th 2009



5863 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

http://www.sputnikmusic.com/forums/showpost.php?p=16953396&postcount=10

whenever you talk about how good unwound is i just think of this


ive become everything i once hated D:

joshuatree
Emeritus
December 30th 2009



3743 Comments


DD:



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