A Fine Day to Exit

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A Fine Day to Exit
A Fine Day to Exit.jpg
Studio album by Anathema
Released 9 October 2001
Recorded Between August 2000 and June 2001, at Crash Studios, Liverpool; The Windings Walia; and Chapel Studios Lincolnshire
Genre Alternative rock
Length 62:30
Label Music for Nations
Producer Nick Griffiths
Anathema chronology
A Fine Day to Exit
Resonance 2
Singles from A Fine Day to Exit
  1. "Pressure"
    Released: 2001[1]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [2]
Sputnikmusic 4.5/5 stars [3]
Silencio Hungary 3.5/5 stars [4]

A Fine Day to Exit is the sixth album by the British rock band Anathema. It was released on 9 October 2001 through Music for Nations.

This is the only occasion where an Anathema album has John Douglas credited as a writer for around half of the songs. He wrote "Pressure", "Looking Outside Inside", "Panic" (co-written with Daniel Cavanagh), the title track and the hidden acoustic track at the end of "Temporary Peace" called "In The Dog's House".

It is the last album with bassist Dave Pybus, and the first with keyboardist Les Smith.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Pressure" (Douglas) 6:44
2. "Release" (D. Cavanagh) 5:47
3. "Looking Outside Inside" (Douglas) 6:23
4. "Leave No Trace" (V. Cavanagh) 4:46
5. "Underworld" (lyrics by V. Cavanagh, music by D. Cavanagh) 4:10
6. "Barriers" (D. Cavanagh) 5:54
7. "Panic" (lyrics by Douglas, music by D. Cavanagh) 3:30
8. "A Fine Day to Exit" (Douglas) 6:49
9. "Temporary Peace(D. Cavanagh)
  • I. "Temporary Peace" (5:50)
  • II. "Crashing waves" (2:02)
  • III. "Sound of footsteps and voices" (2:30)
  • IV. "5-minute silence" (5:05)
  • V. "In the Dog's House (acoustic finale)" (3:00)"  
Total length: 62:30

"Temporary Peace" proper fades into the sound of waves crashing and finishes at about 5:50. More crashing waves follow with the sound of footsteps, voices, and piano chords beginning at about 7:52 and going on until about 10:22. That's followed by just over five minutes of silence; at about 15:27 the hidden acoustic track "In the Dog's House" (3:00) starts.


Guest musicians[edit]

  • Lee Douglas - vocals


  • Ewan Davies - engineering assistant
  • Pete Brown - engineering
  • Les Smith - engineering
  • Colin Richardson - mixing
  • Wil Bartle - engineering assistant
  • Travis Smith - artwork
  • Nick Griffiths - producer, engineering
  • Martin Wilding - engineering assistant


Chart (2001) Peak
Finnish Albums Chart 34[5]
French Albums Chart 124[6]
Polish Albums Chart 22[7]