From zzzz

Subject: Received Today: Leaves Turn Inside You

And it's nothing short of Amazing. It is accurate when Unwound said it would have a more psychedelic feel, and as Justin has described it where each previous Unwound album has been an evolutionary step, this would be two.

KRS-369

A Double Digipack CD case. Completely Black covering. The front simply has "Unwound" on the bottom in a glossy black in an Old English font (the one as seen on /www.leavesturninsideyou.com/). On the back it has "leaves turn inside you" in the same font but in dark red.

When the digipack is unfolded there are 4 panels font and back. The right far panel on the front features 3 color pictures in a column featuring each band member. The left far panel is the track listing.

When the digipack is completely folded open, on the inside there are lyrics on the far sleeves. And a two-color (white and grey) drawing of a stallion behind each CD.

CD 1:
1. We Invent You
2. Look A Ghost
3. December
4. Treachery
5. Terminus
6. Demons Sing Love Songs
7. Off This Century

CD 2:
1. One Lick Less
2. Scarlette
3. October All Over
4. Summer Freeze
5. Radio Gra
6. Below the Salt
7. Who Cares


From Stephan: The "Look A Ghost" and "Summer Freeze" lyrics seem to be swapped in the liner notes...


From Dave:

So I've been waiting for the past week for somebody to fess up and say that they downloaded the new record on napster.

Someone I know that bears a striking resemblance to myself in fact has, and--

can say that it is without a doubt the most amazing, coolest, awe-inspiring record that has ever been made in the extire existance of humanity.

Those that didn't like Challenge--don't worry.

And if any Unwound members eavesdrop on this list--You guys make Sgt. Pepper sound like a Mr. T Experience record.

(and don't worry, napster's only a temporary fix)


From Gabe:

im sorry i couldnt help it.
i downloaded the new album on napster.
its sooooooooo fucking good!
many changes. all of the screamy parts were taken out of the songs and replaced with melody.
the "everybodies out tonight" song became the "only in october" song. it still gives me chills.
the recording sounds very different.
even though you know its unwound when you hear these songs live, you may be fooled on the studio versions.
lots of keyboards and strings sounds.
vocals with effects on them.
sounds like many many overdub tracks.(is that the right term?)
parts of it remind me of the swirlies and bands like that.
the end result is just mind blowing.
YOU NEED THIS ALBUM!
i cant wait until the real thing comes out.
napster does not have the whole thing. i think napster only has one of two discs.
PLUS the videos!!!
unwound came up with a great way to kill piracy with those videos! anyone who doesnt have a computer cant download songs and anyone with a computer needs to buy those videos!


From Trevor Bajus:

Video on disk one: The black+white one, looks like it was done in flash. I'm not really into trashing someone work, but it seemed really pretty pointless to me. Stylistically, the design of the characters was nice, but the animation was kind of crude, and there seemed to be no progression, either linear or structuralist. I onely watched it once, so maybe I should shut my mouth. It wouldn't be the first thing that went over my head. I wouldn't be the last.

The Dead Dolphin Video: I have to say, I really didn't like this one. Seemed to be very undergrad film studennt trying to show how deep he/she was. If you want to show people about an ecological disaster, maybe providing some information about what had happen would be nice. Music video may not be the best place to spread you message. How about a documentary? A PSA?

At best, it's pretentious, sort of like the film maker trying to make something that other people will think is cool so that s/he can be called an artist, thereby justifying all of those black turtleneck and cigarette holder; at worst it's just exploitation. And that kind of pisses me off.

THe music itself is still rocking my world.


From Steven Boyle:

Of course it is as wonderful as everyone has already said or expects...but just a heads up about compatibility (videos etc)...I happen to work at www.pcsforeveryone.com and the CDs aren't playing in a few DVD/CD-ROMs (although of course yr milage may vary by brand and model)...notably Pioneer DVDs (which are the most popular and also used by a lot of OEMs...Sony Viao etc)...if you have any trouble with yr drive playing them, I suggest you try a CDRW drive instead...most CDRWs can read the multi-read CDs just fine (and has for me so far).

[To resolve this] first try turning on DMA in Device Manager in Windows for yr CD/DVD/CDRW and hard drives (I'm assuming you have a Windows PC of course). If you still have problems, and you don't want to use the other drive all the time, simply copy the Quicktime files off onto yr hard drive.


From Brian MacDonald:

Um..... hi?

Well, I've been giving this new double-disc repeated listenings the past couple of weeks... and I have to say -- I knew the followup to "Challenge" would be great, but not great in this way...

For those of you who only liked Unwound because of the punk, screamy, ferocity of the early albums and singles, "Leaves" will nail the other half of the coffin for you. For everyone else (especially if you like Mogwai or Low, among others), this will be a major treat.

It's probably the first major change of direction for the band in a single release. Not to say the band hasn't changed over the years. But before "Leaves", you couldn't really grab a record and say "this is where it all
started to change". Well, now you can. Part of me misses the rock explosions of the earlier records, but the layering, the effects, the compositions, the moods... just everything else about the record immediately makes up for it, and goes far beyond. Drones and tones, strings, piano, samples -- all of that are things that I think the band has been dying to use to full effect for a while, while at the same time getting away from "RAWK MUSIK" for once.

Every song deserves its own review, really. But my favorites so far are "We Invent You" (drone masterpiece), "Look a Ghost" (very radio friendly tune), "Terminus" (militaristic opus), "One Lick Less" (mbv-ish), "Below The Salt" (interminable and amazing), and others whose titles I can't remember right now.

I'm guessing the band was listening to a lot of early Pink Floyd when making the album. "Demon Sings Love Songs" has very Syd-ish vocal melodies. "Summer Freeze" sounds a lil' "Lucifer Sam"-ish. And "Below the Salt" ends on a similarly heavy dirgey feel.

Did Justin have laryngitis when singing "Scarlette"? Or was that a vocal effect?

Was I the only one who first popped in disc 3 thinking it was disc 1 at first? Any wild Discordian theories on the whole "2 3" thing?


From Matt:

> For those of you who only liked Unwound because of the punk, screamy,
> ferocity of the early albums and singles, "Leaves" will nail the other
> half of the coffin for you.

Indeed it did. I kinda wanted to cry. It wasnt just that which i liked... Lady Elect was my favorite song... its just that the whole sound seems to be gone. I cant find a trace of "unwound" in this album at all.

I like lots of other types of music of course but i found the new album just too totaly boring to bear. Maybe if there would have been a couple of albums in between, the transition wouldnt seem so harsh and i may have liked it more but no.

I dont want it to sound like im whining or whatnot but it just makes me sad and i thought i would share. Im glad that they are still making music which they like and im glad that every other person loves the album (it seams) but its just too much or maybe its just not enough. I dont know

.So, I guess this is it.


From Brian MacDonald:

> Indeed it did. I kinda wanted to cry. It wasnt just that which i liked...
> Lady Elect was my favorite song... its just that the whole sound seems to be
> gone. I cant find a trace of "unwound" in this album at all.
>
> I like lots of other types of music of course but i found the new album just
> too totaly boring to bear. Maybe if there would have been a couple of albums
> in between, the transition wouldnt seem so harsh and i may have liked it more
> but no.

I guess everybody defines "unwound" to be something different... but I kinda got the impression the new 2CD is more "unwound" than ever before.. like they finally got the time and planning to do the record they've always wanted to do.

Otherwise, everyone's mileage varies, I guess.


From Mike Shepherd:

>I kinda got the impression the new 2CD is more "unwound" than ever before..

I have to agree. I went back and listened to all the old records all the way through to make sure, and I think that I can say that this is my favorite Unwound record. I had kinda given up on them after "Challenge . . ." But this record really set me straight. I was on my third listen before I even thought about the fact that everything was so clean and warm, nothing gutteral, no "swarm of bees" guitar. And I don't really miss any of that. I can still listen to "New Plastic Ideas" or "Future of What" or "Fake Train" and get all that wonderful ear-splitting action, but this is a whole new thing. All ye that doubt, listen to it REALLY loud on a REALLY nice stereo one time all the way through, and then we'll talk.


From Burd:

There are a couple of songs that sound like oldish Unwound to me (at least the Unwound from their previous album, which I liked), including one song (I forget the name, it starts with an "O", I think the last song on the first CD) that really blows me away. However, on all of the other Unwound albums, I absolutely loved every song. I could listen to it all the way through and never have the feeling that I wanted to skip past anything. With this record, I want to skip past at least half of it. That depresses me.

Don't get me wrong, I absolutely adore Unwound. In my humble opinion, they are the best band around. However, I think they tried a bit too hard to go in another direction on some of this stuff. It almost seems like I'm looking at one of those paintings that is just a tiny blue square on a huge white canvas. I'll grudgingly accept that it is, in some form, "art," but it does nothing to inspire me.

All of that being said, I can't wait until they hit the road. Maybe after seeing/hearing them live, the record will start to grow on me.


> have the feeling that I wanted to skip past anything. With this
> record, I want to skip past at least half of it. That depresses me.

"Off This Century." Yeah, I really like that one too. It was the song I liked most on the first few listens... though the rest is starting to catch up. I enjoy most of the stuff on "Leaves," and I love it as an overall album experience (Dobbs, what a terrible phrase), but I have yet to compare it directly to my favorite of their stuff... I recently heard "Arboretum" and was reminded of just how much I love NPI. It gave me a bit of a sinking feeling, like I should listen to them both in succession to see if it holds up. Sometimes I'm struck by a nagging suspicion: if this were from a band I'd never heard of, would I be enjoying it so much?

> p.s. - Does anyone else get the strange feeling that this is
> going to be their last album?

I got no such feeling. Quite the opposite, in fact. If they can change their sound this much and stick together, it seems like they should be going for a while.


From Kiel:

personally, i'm in love with the new album, and i'm sure it will rank on my top five for the year, at least. i can hear "old unwound" in many of them -- "december," "terminus," "off this century," and "scarlette" especially. yeah, they added keyboards and strings, and justin doesn't scream as much, but i think it is a beautifully well rounded album with lots to offer. if you liked "lifetime achievement award" and "what went wrong" off challenge, you should have seen this type of album coming...

and i honestly think it DOES rock out, but not in the traditional distorted guitars, noise, and harsh vocals sense, though i enjoy that aspect of unwound very much. i think NPI is probably my favorite unwound album, but that doesn't mean that i would think any less of this one. it's a different direction from a great band, and all bands inevitably change, so i don't understand where the big disappointment is coming from. at first i wasn't so sure either, but i've listened through it at least 10 times now and it has gotten better each time. this is truly an epic album, and as someone said earlier (pardon me for being bad with names), each song really deserves its own review.


from gabe:

hey i just wanted to say that the new songs sound VERY MUCH UNWOUND when performed live!
whatever it was that they did to get that new sound must have been accomplished within the studio cuz when they play those same songs live you KNOW its UNWOUND! and they sound great too.
so fear not of the new sound its just some studio thing.
theyre the same old unwound we all love when theyre live. (screams n all)
i cant wait til they come back to NYC.


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