The Way Out - The Books
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Universal acclaim- based on 9 Ratings

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  • Summary: This is the first album in over five years for the electronic duo from New York City.
  • Record Label: Temporary Residence
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Electronic, Indie Pop, Post-Rock
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Oct 21, 2010
    100
    The Way Out provides the best introduction yet to The Books' nerdy experiments, but also to the duo's grand, goofy emotional range.
  2. Oct 21, 2010
    90
    It's part of the final duality that makes The Way Out a success: learning how it was constructed is fascinating, but it's equally enthralling to go into it completely ignorant.
  3. Oct 21, 2010
    84
    On The Way Out, their fourth and most dazzling work to date, the duo strikes an ideal balance between found-sound collage and original vocalizations.
  4. Oct 21, 2010
    80
    The stated intention for The Way Out was for each track to be "its own rabbit hole," and the album does indeed manage to survey an impressively disparate set of worlds and modes.
  5. Oct 21, 2010
    76
    This electronic-folk duo, in the likeness of bohemian hedonists, turns meticulous attention-to-detail into bounding creativity--and something unequivocally bookish.
  6. Oct 21, 2010
    70
    It's been a long stretch since their last full-length album, 2005's Lost and Safe, but The Way Out exhibits the care the pair takes in meticulously crafting these constructions.
  7. Oct 21, 2010
    40
    Partly cartoon, part Sesame Street, and with a healthy dose of consequence-free childish threats and violence, A Cold Freezin' Night is a welcome distraction to the meandering electro-drone that populates the rest of the album. But from here on in, it's a case of the law of diminishing returns.

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