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The Optimist Lp [VINYL]

Turin Brakes Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (5 Mar 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Source
  • ASIN: B0000594XE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,054,443 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Feeling Oblivion
2. 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

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Feverish with emotion 7 Mar 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Without receiving much publicity, Turin Brakes have steadily built up an impressive fanbase on the base of this remarkably assured debut album. This is a collection of shimmeringly beautiful songs, all drenched in the glorious emotion of modern life.
What sets this band apart from the others that they were initially lumped in with is their startlingly acute emotional touch - the ability to find exactly the right words, and at exactly the right time, so as to send a shiver down anyone's spine.
Opener Feeling Oblivion is a summery, gentle piece of guitar-pop, quietly embracing a sense of escapism ("If things get real, promise to take me somewhere else"). The breakthrough single Underdog (Save Me) follows, probably the most instant song on the album thanks to punchy guitar work and a wonderful chorus (and one of the most brilliant acoustic guitar solos ever). Even when the lyrics become oblique on this album, as they frequently do, Olly Knight's sensational vocals make them vibrate with feeling.
Future Boy is a standout, with a soft, lush soundscape unfolding into the distance. Even though it's unclear what it's all about (references to STDs, monkeys, information saturation and time travel all melt into each other), it's almost unbearably poignant, resonating with the power and sadness of lost dreams and friendships, especially when Knights sings, "Oh, s***, I'm gonna miss my friends," and the writhing, passionate final chorus is amazing.
The Door is all dry, twangy guitars and dark, haunted lyrics ("I watch the boiling sea meet the open sky, but my soul feels like it's ice"), and the desertscape artwork captures it well.
Another superb standout is State Of Things, a heartbroken journey through a relationship at breaking-point.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect 5 April 2005
By Ally B
Format:Audio CD
From the opening lines - Cubscouts are screaming, needing icecreaming & all the pleasures of June - this is a beautiful, elegiac album, perfect for a warm summer's day. Full of melodic and serene acoustic numbers, the tempo never too high, you can turn it up loud and not disturb the neighbours. Pour yourself a gin & tonic, sit outside and slide into the melancholic beauty of the best debut album of the last ten years. The final track, The Optimist, is the most exquisite song of a superb set.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully crafted melodies from the Indie boys 30 Aug 2001
Format:Audio CD
Ahhh,...aren't they sweet. You can but help liking these guys, especially just after they have produced one of the best albums of the year. The Duffel coated pair from South London have delivered a excelently well-rounded record, a bit of country and a whole lot of Indie with wonderfull acoustic guitar. Ollie and Gale have sewn together this album so smoothly you can hardly see the stitch marks. The standout tracks are 'Emergency 72', sung to perfection by Ollie Knights,'Feeling oblivion'
again where the vocal stand out crystal clear, and finally the fantastic 'Mind over money'. The duo have an amazing talent of fitting their voices together in perfect harmony every time and Gale's guitar work polishes each song to perfection. This is however a grower, enormously... take the C.D on an extremely long journey and listen to it on continuous play. Ah,..oh yeah and just skip 'By T.v light' altogether.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They're Something else.......... 23 July 2002
Format:Audio CD
Like most people, the first Turin Brakes material that I heard was underdog (save me). I can't fault this track, but don't make your mind up about Turin Brakes on the merits of this song alone, wait until you have listened to the album.
The album proves that this is not a band who will fit easily into a specific genre. They have been compared to some current indie/rock/pop bands, but it would be a shame to miss out on such a great piece of work because you thought you had heard it all before. Turin Brakes have a certain something else, an X factor that I can't quite put my finger on.
The Optimist combines beautiful music, talented vocals and insightful lyrics to create an album that leaves you asking yourself why the hell it took you so long to discover them.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A provocative, yet soothing blend of acoustic!!! 20 April 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
As soon as I had heard 'Mind Over Money', I knew that these lads had talent. It's harrowing and somewhat hardbitten lyrics merge sensationally with a high, soaring vocal. The somewhat 'suppressed' verses are released by the energetic and heart-rendering chorus. 'Feeling Oblivion', the opening track, acts as refreshing taster of what's to come. For me this is the best of them all. It's tame but powerfully provocative lyrics hide behind a 'summery', innocent face.
Rolling on seeminglessly past many blissful tracks such as 'Underdog (save me)', the LP seems to ooze in talent. Bouncy riffs charge you with energy in such tracks as 'the door' midway through. 'Mind Over Money' acts like a climax to an LP that is fuelled by angst-ridden vocals and musical brilliance.
Truely amazing, these are a band who can produce excellence whilst sounding very original.
Melancholy in it's most healing state...
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sheer Beauty 31 Aug 2001
Format:Audio CD
I saw Turin Brakes at V2001 a couple of weeks ago. Unfortunately, I was far too out of it to actually remember what they were like, but I do recall saying repeatedly to my friend that they were amazing and to remind me that I liked them otherwise I'd forget... I was able to keep it together enough to buy the album the next day and find out exactly why they'd made such a big impression. Quite simply, it's because they go with the concept of less being more and have a massive impact because of it. They demonstrate a range of sounds and feelings with acoustic guitars that many bands would have a problem matching using all the electronic sounds available to them. Each song has a raw power of its own and sweeps you away to get lost in it. There's the odd clanger in the obscure lyrics (syphilis is a bitch, but contracting HIV is much worse. Come on lads - you can do better than that!) but overall, they add to the building up of an evocative mood picture rather than a straightforward boy meets girl type story which leaves you needing to listen to it over and over again to try and recapture the elusive feelings they bring out.
Don't compare them to Coldplay, Travis or anyone else. They stand alone and should be in every self respecting music fan's collection.
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Published 17 days ago by Victoria H.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Discovery
Missed this group entirely back in the day so thought I'd take a punt on this album (I was in Poundland at the time - finest source of early 21st century quality rock music I... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Richard Newbold
4.0 out of 5 stars You can't beat this band
Everything these guys do, they do it so well. Another great album from these boys. I really lile the track Starship which is just so atmospheric & Mind over Money with his amazing... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. A C
4.0 out of 5 stars Effortless
Really easy listening with well structured acoustics, which becomes a TB trademark.The guitar in 'Underdog' reminds of John Frusciante in his early RHCP days, only in acoustic... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Brad Meehan
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!!!
This is one of my favourite albums. If your looking for something to listen to when trying to relax this is the album you need.
Published on 29 Jan 2011 by Brido
4.0 out of 5 stars Great debut. Quality shows
Ridiculously underrated as a band and ignored by too many sections this debut album is an excellent introduction to there body of work. Read more
Published on 12 Feb 2009 by Puffinsnotreal
1.0 out of 5 stars Turin Brakes - The Optimist LP
I brought this album on it's day of release going on all of the hype that it was recieving, but sadly I can't see what all the fuss was about. Read more
Published on 31 Dec 2003 by Jonno
5.0 out of 5 stars Shivers down my spine......
I have now heard this band live 3 times. Twice supporting David Gray, and then at Glastonbury.
To say they are completely original I don't think is accurate, if I'd of closed... Read more
Published on 9 July 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Quality First Album
A friend introduced me to the Brakes about six months ago and I haven't looked back. Two concerts later and they are still doing everything right. Read more
Published on 22 April 2003 by A Biochemist
2.0 out of 5 stars Symbolic of a generation
I was looking to pad out the acoustic section of my music collection and found this album from the point of musicianship quite good. Read more
Published on 4 April 2003
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