The optimist AnathemaCD

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GenreProgressive Rock
Media formatCD & DVD
Media PackagingMediabook
Available since 09.06.2017
Product code355050

Released as a limited edition media book (20-page booklet) with CD and audio-only DVD (5.1 surround sound and high-resolution stereo versions).

The progressive / ambient formation Anathema present their new album ‘The Optimist’. The eleventh album was recorded live at the Attica audio studio in Donega, Ireland and finalised with producer Tony Doogan (Mogwai, Belle & Sebastian, Super Furry Animals) at the Castle Of Doom Studios in Glasgow. The release was mastered by Frank Arkwright at Abbey Road Studios (London) and arranged by Kevin Burleigh. No less a figure than Bruce Soord (The Pineapple Thief) is responsible for the 5.1 mix. Narratively, ‘The Optimist’ continues the story which began in 2001 with the album ‘A Fine Day to Exit’. Travis Smith designed the cover.

DVD-V The Optimist 11 Tracks 24/96 LPCM Stereo & 24/96 DTS 5.1 Surround Mix (Bruce Soord - The Pineapple Thief)

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Anathema - The Optimist

The Optimist maintains the atmosphere of A Fine Day to Exit without retreading musically, mainly continuing that album’s concept and taking it in a new direction. The lyrics are open to interpretation, but the intense inner struggles that plagued the story’s protagonist in A Fine Day to Exit are continued here, with a darker musical vision to suit the lyrics. The opening intro track titled "32.63N 117.14W" are the coordinates of Silver Strand beach, where the end of A Fine Day to Exit saw the protagonist escaping to after being haunted by various trials and struggles in his life. Following it and “Leaving it Behind” is the hugely rewarding and diverse run of songs beginning with album highlight “Endless Ways” and ending with “Ghosts,” seeing Lee Douglas on lead vocals in many instances. The presence of three different singers throughout the album makes for an effective method of portraying the various inner voices in the protagonist’s head. In typical Anathema fashion, songs like “San Francisco,” “Can’t Let Go,” and “Wildfires” begin softly and gradually build to a loud, wall-of-sound crescendo to illustrate the din of emotions and thoughts swirling through the protagonist’s head. Most of The Optimist is a dark journey, with some tracks only having one or two lines of lyrics or spoken monologue. Many of them are short phrases repeating and clashing with one another, owing to the intense inner feelings of the optimist that are translated into the music. The final track, "Back to the Start," and its ending sample imply that the optimist overcame his trials and was able to take his life full circle, giving his story a peaceful resolution.

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