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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32.63n 117.14w
1
1:18
 
Leaving It Behind
2
4:27
 
Endless Ways
3
5:49
 
The Optimist
4
5:37
 
San Francisco
5
4:59
 
Springfield
6
5:49
 
Ghosts
7
4:17
 
Can't Let Go
8
5:00
 
Close Your Eyes
9
3:39
 
Wildfires
10
5:40
 
Back to the Start
11
11:41
 

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