11 Songs, 58 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Liverpool group’s 11th album is a conceptual sequel to their sixth, 2001’s A Fine Day to Exit, made when they were still a doomy metal outfit. But The Optimist caps their interim transformation into a cinematic art-rock ensemble, whether building minimal electronic beats into hard-charging anthems (“Leaving It Behind”) or using desolate piano chords to summon a shoegaze tsunami (“Springfield”). This album finds its suitably grand finale in “Back to the Start,” whose comfortably numbing Floydian sway blossoms into orchestral ecstasy.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Liverpool group’s 11th album is a conceptual sequel to their sixth, 2001’s A Fine Day to Exit, made when they were still a doomy metal outfit. But The Optimist caps their interim transformation into a cinematic art-rock ensemble, whether building minimal electronic beats into hard-charging anthems (“Leaving It Behind”) or using desolate piano chords to summon a shoegaze tsunami (“Springfield”). This album finds its suitably grand finale in “Back to the Start,” whose comfortably numbing Floydian sway blossoms into orchestral ecstasy.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
30 Ratings

30 Ratings

Peon897 ,

Not as surprising as Distant Satellites

but still absolutely fantastic. This band has a remarkable discographie. Music so different in style but still fantastic after all this years and 11 releases.

mikehankes ,

Lee really shines on this record

On the past few albums, Lee's been taking the lead on vocals on more and more songs, and on this album, she really shines. Vincent is great as always, but I always look forward to the songs with Lee's lead vocals.

Diablovista ,

Best Out There

I am relatively new to this band - had only a few songs in my library but wow! This album changed everything. I now have all albums in my library.
Music and vocals on this album are fantastic. Lyrical, emotional and simply beautiful.

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