Unwound
Leaves Turn Inside You


5.0
classic

Review

by Cam EMERITUS
February 11th, 2010 | 1977 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A haunting album that only gets better as you listen to it more.

Much of Unwound’s work is hard to fully appreciate at first, as Leaves Turn Inside You especially proves; this reviewer spent a year trying to realize what all the fuss was about. And it's not hard to imagine what was so off-putting for me: opening with two minutes of nothing but feedback, this seminal album swiftly transfers into a melancholic hodgepodge of epic post-rock, dream pop, noise rock, and moody, subdued instrumentals. Unwound do all these styles very well, along with the guitar-led, mellow yet lyrically anxious indie rock that dominates much of the rest of the album. But, problem is, they never provide an easy entry point, like an overwhelmingly catchy song to attach to as an introduction, or something. Even worse for newbies, this album is best to be listened to as a whole, which is not an easy task, considering it’s eighty minutes long and very ambitious.

Of course, the work spent trying to immerse yourself in Leaves Turn Inside You will pay off immeasurably. While less direct and softer than Unwound’s other post-hardcore-cum-noise-rock stuff, the same general feel of angst and dread of those records remain, only a lot more overbearing, considering that a lot of the anger of those records is replaced with something more melancholic. Musically, Unwound shift and change their sound entirely into a sort of mid-tempo indie-rock (along with those other aforementioned genres), switching from the distorted (“Scarlette”), to the dreamy (“One Lick Less”), and to the epic (“Below the Salt”) with ease. Mind you, LTIY is a very depressing listen. This is mostly due to singer Justin Trosper’s lonesome wail and the general plodding pace of the songs, among other things, like the sense of general dread the Godspeed-like “Terminus” creates. But it’s depressing in a good way; instead of being brutally direct with his declarations of angst, Trosper’s lyrics are much more emphatic and warming. This creates almost a therapeutic effect with the listener; LTIY, once icy and intimating, becomes a daily necessity.

Basically, Leaves Turn Inside You will ingrain and eventually take over your life, like a dirty parasite. You should let it.



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Ponton
Emeritus
February 11th 2010


5804 Comments


Album is very good, though it needs more time for me. Nice review.

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
February 11th 2010


15051 Comments


awesome

joshuatree
Emeritus
February 11th 2010


3742 Comments


this is best

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
February 11th 2010


20857 Comments


Review tells me I'd hate this. Good work Cam.

joshuatree
Emeritus
February 11th 2010


3742 Comments


Yeah it's really not your thing

rasputin
February 11th 2010


14550 Comments


album rules review rules cam rules

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
February 11th 2010


17920 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

guess i should give this another shot sigh

iarescientists
February 11th 2010


5863 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

everytime i smoke i end up listening to this all the way through and i think my mind is deteriorating because of it

rasputin
February 11th 2010


14550 Comments


prob the herb not the album js

charles2000
February 11th 2010


450 Comments


guys and your drugz ruining this site

iarescientists
February 11th 2010


5863 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

You take a really sleepy man, Esme, and he always stands a chance of again becoming a man with all his fac – with all his f-a-c-u-l-t-i-e-s intact.

plane
Staff Reviewer
February 11th 2010


6094 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Impenetrable isn't one of the words I'd use to describe this.

alachlahol
February 11th 2010


7501 Comments


that's because it spends more time penetrating you than vice versa

captainhandicapable
February 11th 2010


27 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

urgh. just got on the site and find this shit.

iarescientists
February 11th 2010


5863 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

why don't you like this =(

joshuatree
Emeritus
February 11th 2010


3742 Comments


Impenetrable isn't one of the words I'd use to describe this.


it took so long to get into this so yeah

iarescientists
February 11th 2010


5863 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i liked it after my first listen but i guess for some people it could take a while to appreciate it

captainhandicapable
February 11th 2010


27 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

ive listened to this album twice through and it sucks.

joshuatree
Emeritus
February 11th 2010


3742 Comments


me too

iarescientists
February 11th 2010


5863 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

scarlette was it meaningless
scarlette was i prey
did you like the way i looked at you
when you walked away
cross my heart and hope to die
don't recall the reason why



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