The 13th album from this British band.
The band was a sextet with a lineup of drums, percussion, bass, guitars, grand piano, keyboards, programming and vocals.
The band also had help from a strings orchestra and a trombone player.
This is their so far last album and I hope we will hear a lot more from them in the future. Anathema is an important band who has broken some taboos and made the music scene a lot better with their albums.
Not all their albums has hit home in my office/blog but they have still managed to convert me to a fan of the band.
The Optimist is again somewhere between Pink Floyd, Marillion, post-rock, ambience, electronica and classic music.
The music feels a bit disjointed at first. But this album is a grower and it grows on the listener..... a lot.
The use of grand piano, female and male vocals is very good on this rather laid back album. But there is a method and idea on this album and it soon feels like a proper album. As I said, it is a grower.
The post-rock influences is also good.
This is another good album from a great band. A band I am now following again after becoming a fan after their first two doom/death metal albums 25 years ago and then loosing my interest.