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  • Summary: Self-produced (with some help from Johannes Berglund) by the band, the fourth release for the Swedish indie pop five piece was recorded over a year and half.
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Walking in Your Footsteps
It's where I'm coming from It's where you're going In a dark tunnel, blindfolded It's where you leave your home And I follow the steps into your... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
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  1. Feb 26, 2013
    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.
  2. Alternative Press
    Feb 26, 2013
    It might not be Disintegration, but Optica confirms these Swedes as worthy acolytes. [Mar 2013, p.93]
  3. Mar 28, 2013
    Another collection of pop spells that beguile...here’s to at least 10 more years.
  4. Feb 27, 2013
    Shout Out Louds have produced a great, light-hearted and warm album that will lift your spirits, mellow you out and make you dance.
  5. Feb 27, 2013
    The better they’ve gotten at refining their craft, at writing the perfect chorus and combining them seamlessly with organic, vivid sonics, the further away they’ve gotten from the wounded empathy that drove their earlier records. At least ice burns. Optica too often feels like nothing at all.
  6. May 9, 2013
    In the end, it’s all a little too demure to really shout out loud about.
  7. Mar 8, 2013
    The songs on Optica are a second, more confident assertion of this workmanlike incarnation of the band, but they still feel impermeable.

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  1. Mar 5, 2013
    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. Expand