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The Optimist

Imported ed.

Import, Enhanced

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Every now and again a record practically throws itself up from the stack, and on first listening strikes a chord that separates it from the pack. 'Optimist' is one of those records, a warm feel good experience.

Although this British duo draws effectively on early-'70s rock--mainly warm SoCal folk pop, à la America, and shimmery-cool British space glam, à la T. Rex--what makes them distinctive are their modern easy grooves and their uneasy emotional nakedness. "I panic at the quiet times, decisions at the door," sighs vocalist-guitarist Ollie Knights in "The Door," but throughout The Optimist, he and coconspirator and slide guitarist Gale Paridjanian resist the alt-rock urge to bury anxiety in walls of noise. Their debut full-length (comprising five tracks from earlier EPs and seven new originals) is rife with subtle, contemplative moments that often turn lyrically dark ("I'm sick and I'm twisted/ Like a Sunday massacre") or get carried away by cresting rhythms, like the post-breakup lament "State of Things" ("You and me used to be on fire/ There ain't no straight lines in this state of things"). Although Turin Brakes can rock when they care to (here most effectively on "Mind over Money"), their strength comes from exploring the tension in life's deceptively calm shadows. --Lisa Gidley

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Feeling Oblivion
  2. Underdog (Save Me)
  3. Emergency 72
  4. Future Boy
  5. The Door
  6. State Of Things
  7. By TV Light
  8. Slack
  9. Starship
  10. The Road
  11. Mind Over Money
  12. The Optimist

Product details

  • Audio CD (August 13, 2001)
  • Imported ed. edition
  • Original Release Date: 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Import
  • Label: Astralwerks
  • ASIN: B0000594XF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,965 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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