• Record Label: Merge
  • Release Date: Feb 26, 2013
Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Feb 26, 2013
    83
    Some Shout Out Louds songs are merely pleasant, but others--like Optica’s “14th Of July”--are a real rush, building from stinging art-funk to choruses that erupt, spectacularly.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Mar 5, 2013
    8
    Never cared for The Shout Out Louds before. But, this album Optica is like Cocteau Twins perfected. It is yet another album in a long lineNever cared for The Shout Out Louds before. But, this album Optica is like Cocteau Twins perfected. It is yet another album in a long line of 80s electronic retro to come out in recent years (see Drive Soundtrack, Kavinsky, Divine Fits, Kaiser Chiefs, etc.). Optica feels like a well-thought-out ode to that era of music. Songs are restrained, well-written and easy to listen to. The instrumentals are so good, the singing frequently gets in the way. This will take a few more listens, but, one of the better albums in early 2013. Full Review »