The Optimist LP

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The Optimist LP
Studio album by Turin Brakes
Released March 5, 2001 (UK)
Recorded Konk Studios, London
Genre Folk rock
Length 51:36
Label Source (UK)
Producer Turin Brakes
Turin Brakes chronology
Fight or Flight
The Optimist LP
Ether Song
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.0/5 stars [1]
NME (9/10) [2]
Pitchfork Media (7.7/10) [3]
Rolling Stone (???)[4]

The Optimist LP is the first full-length album release by Turin Brakes. Critically acclaimed by the UK music press, the album was released in 2001 and cemented the band's place in the UK "acoustic movement" (a term invented by the music press). "The Door" and "The Road" (previously released on "The Door EP") were re-recorded for this album.

Championed by radio DJs such as Jo Whiley (BBC Radio 1), the band provided a respite from the pop groups that dominated radio airplay at the time.

The album was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize.

In late 2011 Turin Brakes embarked on a national tour performing the whole of the album in its entirety for its tenth anniversary.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Feeling Oblivion"
  2. "Underdog (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"
  13. "Three Days Old" (Hidden Track at 5:25 of track 12)

Critical reception[edit]

Q listed The Optimist LP as one of the best 50 albums of 2001.[5]


  1. ^ Joseph, Mark. "Turin Brakes: The Optimist LP > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 13 September 2011.
  2. ^ Ward, Christian. "Turin Brakes : The Optimist LP". NME (IPC Media). ISSN 0028-6362. Archived from the original on 10 March 2007. 
  3. ^ Kilian, Dan (17 July 2001). "Turin Brakes: The Optimist LP". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 13 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Rolling Stone review". [dead link]
  5. ^ "The Best 50 Albums of 2001". Q. December 2001. pp. 60–65.