Shout Out Louds - Optica
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2013 Ratings: #609 / 955
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Based on 14 ratings
February 26, 2013 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

83
A.V. Club

This has long been one of Shout Out Louds’ main tactics, to sing sad words in a happy voice. Optica, though, adds a more conversational aspect.

70
DIY

Treasure this celebration of indie pop at its absolute finest.

70
Paste

The worst you can say about Optica is that it’s sometimes pleasantly bland—but even when it doesn’t rattle or intrigue, it still sounds wonderful. 

60
Consequence of Sound

While 2010′s Work felt a bit too much like its moniker, Optica finds Shout Out Louds at their own synthy, post-work happy hour. 

60
The Fly

In the end, it’s all a little too demure to really shout out loud about.

58
Pitchfork

Optica's detail-oriented sonics can't quite make up for some of its big picture deficiencies, imprecise emotions and melodies that feel rounded off at the edges to discourage friction.

50
PopMatters

Optica is a sad-romantic band abandoning the one thing that lay in their definition, and for better or ill, it puts their name in bright lights. 

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END OF YEAR LISTS

#34/Under the Radar
#88/Amazon

Track List

  1. Sugar
  2. Illusions
  3. Blue Ice
  4. 14th of July
  5. Burn
  6. Walking in Your Footsteps
  7. Glasgow
  8. Where You Come In
  9. Hermila
  10. Chasing the Sinking Sun
  11. Destroy
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Added on: February 25, 2013