The Way Out (The Books album)

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The Way Out
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Studio album by The Books
Released July 20, 2010
Recorded Late 2008 - 2009
Genre Sound collage, lo-fi, folk, electronica, Plunderphonics
Length 50:02
Label Temporary Residence Limited
The Books chronology
Lost and Safe
(2005)Lost and Safe2005
The Way Out
(2010)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 81/100
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Consequence of Sound 4/5 stars[2]
Exclaim! (Favourable)[3]
Pitchfork Media (7.7/10)[4]
Tiny Mix Tapes 4/5 stars[5]
Toro 4.0/5 stars[6]
PopMatters 7/10 stars[7]

The Way Out is the fourth and final studio album by American music duo The Books. It is the first album The Books had released in five years, and their first album with Temporary Residence Limited. The album received mostly favourable reviews by critics, currently holding a rating of 81% on Metacritic.[8]

The album cover is a take on that of early 1970s editions of The Way, an illustrated version of The Living Bible.[9]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Group Autogenics I" - 3:44
  2. "IDKT" - 1:42
  3. "I Didn't Know That" - 3:38
  4. "A Cold Freezin' Night" - 3:22
  5. "Beautiful People" - 2:53
  6. "I Am Who I Am" - 3:02
  7. "Chain of Missing Links" - 4:31
  8. "All You Need Is a Wall" - 3:45
  9. "Thirty Incoming" - 4:57
  10. "A Wonderful Phrase by Gandhi" - 0:22
  11. "We Bought the Flood" - 5:04
  12. "The Story of Hip Hop" - 4:30
  13. "Free Translator" - 3:50
  14. "Group Autogenics II" - 4:52

References[edit]

  1. ^ K. Ross Hoffman (2010-07-20). "The Way Out > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 22 July 2010. 
  2. ^ Consequence of Sound review
  3. ^ Eric Hill (2010-07-20). "Recently reviewed: The Books: The Way Out". Exclaim!. Retrieved 20 July 2010. 
  4. ^ Chris Dalen (2010-07-20). "Album reviews: The Books: The Way Out". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 20 July 2010. 
  5. ^ Evan Burrows (2010-07-20). "Music review: The Books: The Way Out". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved 20 July 2010. 
  6. ^ Jesse Skinner (2010-07-20). "The Books: The Way Out review". Toro. Retrieved 22 July 2010. 
  7. ^ David Amidon (2010-07-21). "The Books: The Way Out". PopMatters. Retrieved 28 July 2010. 
  8. ^ "The Way Out reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 4 August 2010. 
  9. ^ Youth For Christ International (1973). The Way: The Living Bible Illustrated. Tyndale House Publishers. ISBN 0-8423-2220-5.