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U i (2012)

Artist: Leila
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Format: CD
Sku: 227174209
UPC: 801061022020
UPC 14: 00801061022020
Release Date: 1/24/2012
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Of One ~ Leila
2. Activate, Pt. 1 ~ Leila
3. All of This ~ Leila
4. Welcome To Your Life ~ Leila
5. In Consideration ~ Leila
6. Eight ~ Leila
7. (Disappointed Cloud) Anyway ~ Leila
8. Interlace ~ Leila
9. Colony Collapse Disorder ~ Leila
10. Boudica ~ Leila
11. In Motion Slow ~ Leila
12. U&I ~ Leila
13. Forasmuch ~ Leila

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Lyricists: Leila; Mt. Sims.
Muze PNote Photographer: Andy Cox.
Muze PNote Four years after her stunning comeback Blood, Looms and Blooms, Leila returns with U&I, a set of songs that are as dense and direct as her previous album was elaborate and enveloping. Everything is pruned and streamlined, from her sonic palette to her list of collaborators: instead of a cast of characters that ranged from Terry Hall to her sister, Leila sticks to working with Mt. Sims, who also took the Knife and Planningtorock's music in similarly experimental directions. Coming after the eclectic flourishes of Blood, Looms and Blooms, the rawness of "Activate, Pt. 1"'s thudding electro-punk and murky vocal collages like "In Consideration" are something of a shock, and perhaps even a little disappointing. However, Leila has never pursued a linear career, and her refusal to make the same music from release to release has allowed her far more options than more predictable artists. As U&I unfolds, Leila's partnership with Mt. Sims settles into a more understandable groove: her productions decorate and elaborate on his blunt vocal outbursts and gain urgency from them, particularly on the driving "Welcome to Your Life" and "Colony Collapse Disorder," where buzzing and squealing electronics mimic a frantic hive-mind. "(Disappointed Cloud) Anyway" even nods to Blood, Looms and Blooms' subversive pop instincts in its own way, and on later tracks, Leila's ear for detailed arrangements resurfaces, particularly on instrumentals like "Eight," "Boudica," and the whimsical album closer "Forasmuch," all of which may provide a gateway to the album's charms for fans unsure of what to make of its abrasiveness. Ultimately, U&I's brashness is more intriguing than confounding, with a freshness that reaffirms Leila as a thoughtful and challenging producer. ~ Heather Phares

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 01/23/2012
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2012
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : WARPCD 220
Music Label Name Label : Warp
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 08010610220202

Professional Reviews

CMJ - "[Leila] is a methodical artist, but her methods are as equally rooted in impulse and intuition as they are in systematic thinking..."

Uncut (magazine)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's the intoxicating instrumentals, 'Boudica' and 'In Motion Slow', that remind you of her capricious talent."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Leila
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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