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The Optimist

8 Mar. 2010 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 8 Mar. 2010
  • Release Date: 8 Mar. 2010
  • Label: The Numbers
  • Copyright: 2010 The Numbers
  • Total Length: 45:21
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B00380HQ6K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,919 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By H Cake on 11 Mar. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Having got bored with Fantastic Playroom rather fast due to it's repetitiveness although keeping Ice Cream and The Get Go on my playlist, I took a chance and bought this on the release date... what a pleasant surprise! As a previous reviewer has said the tracks are significantly different from each other to prevent boredom setting in and the sound is much deeper. Most tracks hold their own, the only dud being 'Stone', other than that a reflective vibe with some uplifting pop moments. It's also a grower - the best albums always are!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 April 2010
Format: Audio CD
New Young Pony Club's 2007 release 'Fantastic Playroom' was a confident debut.
Their new album 'The Optimist' demonstrates considerable development both
in compositional elan and a broader and more varied sonic style.
The sound is bigger, better and brasher in the nicest possible way.

There are ten tracks in the collection, all of them chock-full of the kind of
sunny pop ambience which could set the summer alight if it has the power
to hang on in there until the beach parties are ready to roll.

The spirit of The B52's is alive and well in more than a few of these fine songs.
Tahita Bulmer's deliciously deadpan vocal delivery, the crisp, boisterous beats
and infectious sing-along hooks keep that iconic band's spirit alive.

'We Want To' is a cracking little anthem full of good energy and well-constructed
melodic and harmonic ideas. So too 'Dolls', a scintillating blast of fresh air!
When Ms Bulmer sings "I thought I had a brain/I don't seem to have one" I found it
impossible to agree with her! This is intelligently crafted pop of the very highest pedigree!

Andy Spence (guitar), Len Hayter (keys) and Sara Jones (drums) put flesh on the bones
of these simple but stylishly convincing arrangements with confident aplomb.

Other standout tracks include the deliciously stripped-down 'Oh Cherie' which
bumbles along happily for five or so minutes without need of excessive decoration
to make its mark and final track 'Architect Of Love' which brings the album to a
low-key but memorable close with its tasty reverb-laden guitar arabesques and
economically four-square beat. Ms Bulmer delivers the downbeat melody like a dark angel.

Refreshing, unaffected and packed full of fun, 'The Optimist' is an unpolished
gem more than worthy of both our attention and our applause.

Recommended.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Beefer28 VINE VOICE on 2 Mar. 2010
Format: Audio CD
This is a really accomplished follow up to Fantastic Playroom, it's dark, it's more experimental and a lot of the songs have depth and lots of layers to them.

Theres upbeat: 'Dolls' 'Chaos' and 'We Want To' and then mysterious dark and delicious 'Lost a Girl' 'Rapture' 'The Optimist' 'Before the Light' ending with down right gorgeous and heartbreaking 'The Architect of Love'

No its not Fantastic Playroom part 2 - but it's a progression of the NYPC sound and a great one at that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Walker on 2 Jan. 2012
Format: Audio CD
Overall this is a fine album. Songs are mature, carefully crafted and reflect a mood which is both sombre and encapsulating. Not an album I'd play all the time, but nonetheless pleasing. Standouts include the title track, 'Before the Light' and the irresitable 'We Want To'.

I really would like to see this band truly succeed because the enjoyment I've got from listening to their music (I like it in other words). However the real test for what comes next is whether they can balance the depth and maturity of this work with the spark and pop ambition of the last. I hope they manage it for however long they may carry the baton for this genre of pop.
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I had heard Ice Cream etc before, but never really got into NYPC before this album - I thought they had a slightly monotonous sound before that bored me a bit. Then I heard 'Dolls' on an internet radio station I listen to sometimes which led me to the rest of the album and wow! I love every song on the album - a rarity! - and have listened to it on repeat for a couple weeks straight now. This album has a slightly darker sound to it than previous work, and there are touches of The Cure, New Order etc in there, there's a definite nod to the darker side of '70s-'80s synthpop, which I happen to love, but may not be everyone's taste. But though it is reminiscent of some of those classic bands, it stands on its own as well without being derivative.
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Format: Audio CD
I've been a fan of NYPC ever since I saw them on the NME roadshow thingy along with Klaxons, CSS and Sunshine Underground. They were first on, but if anything, they were the most impressive of the bands that night. Off the back of that I got into Fantastic Playroom and I loved it, but The Optimist is a more accomplished album again. Standout tracks for me are Lost a Girl, The Optimist and Oh Cherie, but I've just listened to it again and there isn't a filler anywhere on the album, which is very rare, even for the very best albums. I saw them a few months back at the Cockpit and they've become one of the best live bands around. It's just a shame they seem to be hovering under the radar at the moment.
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