The Optimist (New Young Pony Club album)

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The Optimist
New Young Pony Club - The Optimist.png
Studio album by New Young Pony Club
Released 5 March 2010 (2010-03-05)
Recorded The Glue Factory
Genre
Length 45:27
Label The Numbers
Producer
New Young Pony Club chronology
Fantastic Playroom
(2007)Fantastic Playroom2007
The Optimist
(2010)
NYPC
(2013)NYPC2013
Singles from The Optimist
  1. "Lost a Girl"
    Released: 20 December 2009 (promo)[1]
  2. "Chaos"
    Released: 28 February 2010[2]
  3. "We Want To"
    Released: 30 May 2010[3]
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 61/100[4]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[5]
BBC Music favourable[6]
Clash 7/10[7]
The Daily Telegraph 4/5 stars[8]
Drowned in Sound 6/10[9]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[10]
The Independent favourable[11]
musicOMH 3.5/5 stars[12]
NME 8/10[13]
Pitchfork Media 5.5/10[14]

The Optimist is the second studio album by English electronic music band New Young Pony Club, released on 5 March 2010 on the band's label The Numbers, distributed by the PIAS Entertainment Group. The album showcases a darker, more emotive sound for the band.[15] The songs "Oh Cherie" and "Lost a Girl" were used, respectively, in the third and fourth episodes of the fourth season of Gossip Girl.[16][17]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Tahita Bulmer and Andy Spence, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Lost a Girl" 4:21
2. "Chaos" 3:39
3. "The Optimist" 5:36
4. "Stone" 4:10
5. "We Want To" 4:42
6. "Dolls" 3:16
7. "Before the Light" 5:28
8. "Oh Cherie" 5:04
9. "Rapture" 4:23
10. "Architect of Love" 4:48

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of The Optimist.[21]

New Young Pony Club
  • Tahita Bulmer – performer, production
  • Lou Hayter – extra vocals (tracks 2, 3, 5, 7), extra piano (track 7)
  • Sarah Jones – drums (tracks 1, 2, 4, 5), extra vocals (tracks 2, 3, 5), additional drums (tracks 3, 6–8)
  • Andy Spence – performer, production
Additional personnel
  • Pete Fraser – saxophone (track 3)
  • Liz Harry – art direction, design
  • Mark McNulty – photography
  • Al O'Connel – drum engineering (track 2)
  • Morgan Quaintance – heys (track 1), extra Vox (track 4)
  • Craig Silvey – mixing
  • Tom Stanley – drum engineering (tracks 1, 4, 5)

Charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
UK Albums Chart[22] 161

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label
Ireland 5 March 2010[23] The Numbers
United Kingdom 8 March 2010[24]
Australia 19 March 2010[25] Liberator Music
France 5 April 2010[26] [PIAS] Recordings
Germany 16 April 2010[27] [PIAS] Integral
Japan 21 April 2010[20] Hostess Entertainment
United States 4 May 2010[5] [PIAS] America

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lost a Girl – Single by New Young Pony Club". iTunes Store UK. Apple. Retrieved 20 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "Chaos – EP by New Young Pony Club". iTunes Store UK. Apple. Retrieved 20 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "We Want To – EP by New Young Pony Club". iTunes Store UK. Apple. Retrieved 20 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "The Optimist – New Young Pony Club". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 20 July 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Sendra, Tim. "The Optimist – New Young Pony Club – Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 6 May 2010. 
  6. ^ Shaw, Natalie (4 March 2010). "Review of New Young Pony Club – The Optimist". BBC Music. Retrieved 9 March 2010. 
  7. ^ Zadeh, Joe (2 March 2010). "New Young Pony Club – The Optimist". Clash. Retrieved 9 March 2010. 
  8. ^ Green, Thomas H (5 March 2010). "New Young Pony Club: The Optimist, CD review". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 9 March 2010. 
  9. ^ Goodson, Kelvin (4 March 2010). "New Young Pony Club – The Optimist". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 9 March 2010. 
  10. ^ Dean, Will (4 March 2010). "New Young Pony Club: The Optimist". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 March 2010. 
  11. ^ Price, Simon (7 March 2010). "Album: New Young Pony Club, The Optimist (The Numbers)". The Independent. Retrieved 9 March 2010. 
  12. ^ Urdang, Ben. "New Young Pony Club – The Optimist". musicOMH. Retrieved 9 March 2010. 
  13. ^ Doran, John (12 March 2010). "Album Review: New Young Pony Club – 'The Optimist' (Pias)". NME. IPC Media. Retrieved 20 July 2011. 
  14. ^ Cohen, Ian (25 March 2010). "New Young Pony Club: The Optimist". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 13 April 2010. 
  15. ^ "New Young Pony Club talk "deliciously menacing" new LP". Fact. The Vinyl Factory. 7 January 2010. Retrieved 11 March 2010. 
  16. ^ "Gossip Girl Music | Season 4 – Episode 3". The CW. Archived from the original on 3 October 2010. Retrieved 22 August 2011. 
  17. ^ "Gossip Girl Music | Season 4 – Episode 4". The CW. Archived from the original on 16 October 2010. Retrieved 22 August 2011. 
  18. ^ "The Optimist by New Young Pony Club". iTunes Store UK. Apple. Retrieved 20 July 2011. 
  19. ^ "The Optimist by New Young Pony Club". iTunes Store Germany. Apple. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  20. ^ a b ジ・オプティミスト [The Optimist] (in Japanese). Amazon.co.jp. Retrieved 20 July 2011. 
  21. ^ The Optimist (CD liner notes). New Young Pony Club. The Numbers. 2010. NYPCCD030. 
  22. ^ "Chart Log UK: Nadanuf – Michael Nyman". The Zobbel Website. Retrieved 20 July 2011. 
  23. ^ "New Young Pony Club – Optimist". Tower Records Ireland. Archived from the original on 15 March 2012. Retrieved 20 July 2011. 
  24. ^ "New Young Pony Club: Optimist". HMV. Archived from the original on 10 July 2012. Retrieved 20 July 2011. 
  25. ^ "Optimist, The – New Young Pony Club". JB Hi-Fi. Archived from the original on 31 December 2012. Retrieved 20 July 2011. 
  26. ^ "The Optimist – New Young Pony Club" (in French). Fnac. Retrieved 20 July 2011. 
  27. ^ "The Optimist" (in German). Amazon.de. Retrieved 20 July 2011.