The Way Out

The Books - The Way Out
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2010 Ratings: #107 / 879
User Score
Based on 116 ratings
2010 Ratings: #72
Liked by 4 people
July 20, 2010 / Release Date
LP / Format
Temporary Residence / Label
Electronic, Art Pop / Genres
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The Books has made musical digression its science. Formed in 1999 by guitarist Nick Zammuto and cellist Paul de Jong, The Books is certainly one of the best-kept secrets of the indie scene. It is a leading band of the avant-garde thanks to its first two albums "Thought For Food" (2002) and "The Lemon Of Pink" (2003), which are classics of folktronica. Their latest album, "The Way Out", is based on an organic foundation (cello, banjo or guitar), a collage of ... read more

I mean, yeah.. It's quirky and new.. It has a bit of personality, interesting -though a somewhat mess of themes. And often times it will have smooth grooves. All of these really make the album hold up despite it having little to no replay value

Best: I Didn't Know That, A Cold Freezin Night, I Am Who I Am, The Story of Hip Hop

Weakest: Thirty Incoming
A brave experimental album where thankfully more works than doesn’t.

The strangest thing about it? The spoken word and sampled vocals possess far more personality than the actual singing.
I am very conflicted on this album. Don’t get me wrong, the instrumentals, for the most part, are exceptional, Every song feels complete. But, I feel like there is something that I am missing here, none of these songs have replay value for me despite the fact that I enjoyed most of the project. To those who love this album, what did you enjoy about this LP?

Thanks thomasny18 for the great suggestion!

This is so cool. It's almost indescribable how concise and new this sounds. It was way ahead of it's time almost ten years ago now, and it's a very refreshing listen! This might grow on me with other listens, but right now, it's really solid and there aren't many problems at all! Not much else to say except check this out if you're looking to wash your brain off with some tunes.

Color: White
FAV TRACKS: A Cold Freezin' Night, Beautiful ... read more
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Track List

  1. Group Autogenics I
  2. Idkt
  3. I Didn't Know That
  4. A Cold Freezin' Night
  5. Beautiful People
  6. I Am Who I Am
  7. Chain of Missing Links
  8. All You Need Is A Wall
  9. Thirty Incoming
  10. A Wonderful Phrase By Gandhi
  11. We Bought The Flood
  12. The Story of Hip Hop
  13. Free Translator
  14. Group Autogenics II

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