Unwound
Leaves Turn Inside You


5.0
classic

Review

by Sam Feldman's Rating USER (66 Reviews)
September 5th, 2010 | 63 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist


The very fabric of one's being, of the human experience itself is sonically perfected in this noisy, haunting magnum opus Leaves Turn Inside You. Like peaking into the brain of a virus gone insane, Leaves... shows you a world of upside-town trees, intense swirls of air, ever-changing colors, and electircal circuits going off at the speed of infinity. Now, this might seem utterly pretentious, but I find it is nearly impossible to listen to this album and come out the other side without any thoughts of what you just heard as being completely and entirely mind-boggling. While it may take the listener many times to fully digest what is actually occurring (opening track "We Invent You" starts off with 2 minutes of nothing but constant, droning feedback, for example), the album eventually shows itself to have substance and tracks that are not only listenable, but downright catchy like the bubbling dissonance of "Look A Ghost".

But that's where the accessible train stops, as "Look A Ghost" comes off as the only instantly gratifying track in the bunch. Instead the rest of the tracks on Leaves Turn Inside You spend their time infiltrating you, as if the album opens you up, page by page until your finally broken at the end. Whether it's the swaying, zooming "December", or the epic freak show of "Terminus", Unwound use their noisy and loud tornadoes of meloncholy to deteriorate the listener. It's an awfully exhausting album (clocking in around 80 minutes) and it doesn't sway too far from its abrasive nature, but that's part of the appeal to it; it's so thick that once you break through you're left with an astounding sense of relief and astonishment. The beautiful "October All Over", with its truly haunting guitar lead deceives the listener into thinking the album is going to take a break from the madness and instead shoves all conviction to the side and dives even deeper into the pool. Waves of sinister noise are backed up by a beautiful violin line until everything but stop-and-go cymbals and prodding ambience close out the track. It's one of the best songs on the album and marks a highlight of indie rock in general.

I've heard some bleak and drilling albums in my day, but this just takes the cake. Like being cut by razor sharp leaves as they swirl around the vulnerability of your flesh and combining raw, dense noise and the most meloncholic, penetrating vocals and lyrics, Unwound's Leaves Turn Inside You is just simply unreal. Listen to it then listen to it again, and again after that. If you're lucky, one of those times you will break free of the catastrophic clutch Unwound bestow upon you and find yourself mesmerized by one of the most seminal albums I've ever heard. 5/5



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Enotron
September 5th 2010


7695 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

good time to see how my cropped avatar came out

Romulus
September 5th 2010


8447 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

eno are you using chambered to look at your avatar again

Enotron
September 5th 2010


7695 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

well it is unwound hehe

Enotron
September 5th 2010


7695 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i love how this album's reviews has all 5's, completely deserves it

Enotron
September 5th 2010


7695 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

unwound and i pos'd

bailar12
September 5th 2010


1766 Comments


kinda short review

who neg'd though?

Enotron
September 5th 2010


7695 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

somebody who clearly doesn't go for scenic descriptions

bailar12
September 5th 2010


1766 Comments


have it cleared in the meds bro

bailar12
September 6th 2010


1766 Comments


pretty good. been relaxing and went to the gym today. then undid all my hard work by eating kfc.

bailar12
September 6th 2010


1766 Comments


omg yes. love doin that. i even got extra mashed potatos cuz im a whore for kfc ones.

Jash
September 6th 2010


4244 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Awesome review man, I need this album by the sounds of it

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
September 6th 2010


7026 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review man
still waiting for the click

acorncheese
September 6th 2010


7119 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Big fan of the album, not a big fan of the review. $ry

acorncheese
September 6th 2010


7119 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Changed my mind. I like the review.

Bitchfork
September 6th 2010


7584 Comments


i cu wut you did thar

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
September 6th 2010


7026 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

does b4k like this

bailar12
September 6th 2010


1766 Comments


i hope not

Bitchfork
September 6th 2010


7584 Comments


b4k adores this so i'll give it a 2.
nah this is more of a 4. i mean it's good but there's a lot of stuff that's better than this.

Bitchfork
September 6th 2010


7584 Comments


My favorite albums are all Basinski releases obviously, but I've come to the conclusion over this week that The Campfire Headphase is my favorite non-Basinski release.

Gyromania
September 6th 2010


15967 Comments


There are quite a few errors throughout this review.

Like peaking into the brain of a virus gone insane, Leaves... shows you a world of upside town trees,

*upside-down

While it may take the listener many times to fully digest what is actually occuring (opening track "We Invent You" starts off with 2 minutes of nothing but constant, droning feedback for example), the album eventually shows itself to have substance and tracks that are not only listenable, but downright catchy like the bubbling dissonance of "Look A Ghost".

*occurring. 'for example' doesn't really fit in well there, unless you add a comma after 'feedback'.

as if the album opens you up, page by page until your finally broken at the end.

*you're.

I won't even get in to the rest.



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