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Blood, Looms, And Blooms by Leila


Blood, Looms, And Blooms

Release Date: Jul 8, 2008

Genre(s): Electronic

Record label: Warp


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Album Review: Blood, Looms, And Blooms by Leila

Excellent, Based on 3 Critics

Prefix Magazine - 85
Based on rating 8.5/10

It’s been 10 years since London-based Iranian musician Leila Arab made a mark with her peerless debut, Like Weather. She’s only allowed one other full-length audio venture to seep out in the intervening time: Courtesy of Choice, which was released by XL in 2000. Unusually for a musician who works in the field of electronic music, her music has barely aged.

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AllMusic - 80
Based on rating 8/10

Her first album in eight years and her Warp debut, Leila's Blood, Looms and Blooms almost didn't happen: after the release of 2000's moody, murky The Courtesy of Choice, she lost both of her parents and, for a long time, her interest in making music. With the encouragement of her friends and family, Leila returned to the studio and recorded these songs, often with her family and friends -- who include Terry Hall and Martina Topley-Bird -- in there with her. While Blood, Looms and Blooms' very existence is somewhat surprising, it's even more remarkable that this is Leila's most uplifting work, given the loss that preceded it.

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Observer Music Monthly
Opinion: Excellent

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