The Optimist LP - Turin Brakes
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  • Summary: The debut LP from Britain's Turin Brakes (whom the press have heralded as 2001's Coldplay) collects five tracks from previous EPs as well as seven new songs.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Here's music for the twilight hours - feverish, contemplative, nostalgic. It resonates with the force of a thousand passionate post-club conversations in darkened, smoke-filled rooms, of intense, doomed liaisons, of youthful arrogance undercut by fear and failure.
  2. The Optimist LP is a treasure chest of sparkly baubles and rare gems, and from top to bottom it is precious and priceless.
  3. Trendy, sure, but occasionally terrific.
  4. Given the right melody... Turin Brakes make fragile, delicately understated music... But just as often, they're weighed down by draggy tunes and unintentionally amusing lyrics. [4 May 2001, p.69]
  5. Underlying The Optimist's base -- two complementary voices highlighted by beautifully executed acoustic guitar -- is Turin Brakes' bent existentialism, an expansive vision that adds a feeling of fatalism to many of these songs.
  6. 60
    A slightly awkward but ambitious beginning.
  7. Fans of new British bands like Gomez or Minibar should find plenty to like.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. GavR
    Jun 23, 2005
    This is a great acoustic album, which is only surpassed by it's follow up, ether song.
  2. Anon
    Apr 8, 2004
    The CD is as close to perfection as is possible, Turin Brakes have managed to combine quality acoustic tunes and fantastic lyrics. And future boy is a quality track. Expand
  3. ColmP.
    Oct 23, 2001
    I absolutely adore Turin Brakes. I basically couldn't listen to acoustic stuff @ home before this the only thing is I can't stand future boy just yet hence the 9 and the fact nothing is perfect Expand

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