The Way Out (studio album) by The Books

The Way Out
The Way Out by The Books
Year: 2010
Release date: 2010-07-20
Overall rank: 3,019th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
75/100 (from 69 votes)
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Award Top albums of 2010 (52nd)
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THE BOOKS, THE WAY OUT, 95, VG/VG, 14 Track, Promo CD Album, Plastic Sleeve, TEM
Condition: Very Good
Time left: 2d 13h 59m 14s
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The Books - The Way Out - CD (URA334 unspk 2010)
Condition: Brand New
Time left: 6d 21h 32m 15s
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The Way Out, The Books, Good
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The Way Out is ranked 2nd best out of 6 albums by The Books on

The best album by The Books is The Lemon Of Pink which is ranked number 1713 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 1,001.

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From 06/08/2019 07:47
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 disparate beats and lyrics more spoken than sung, which articulate an absurd statement. "The Way Out" is particularly mastered, measured and melodically accessible. A fourth tour de force that arises after 5 long years of absence.


Best track: "The Story Of Hip Hop"
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From 03/01/2017 21:33
Awfully awfully awfully underrated
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From 12/25/2012 17:21
Wow! This album is actually really impressive. It's playful and super creative. The song "The Story of Hip Hop" really sums up all the greatest qualities of this whole album-it's upbeat and well produced and really it's own genre. It's the books at their best. And right at the end of that track you get the idea that that story could be a metaphor or could have a bigger meaning. Or maybe that's just rubbish and it has no deeper meaning. It's really all about what significance you place on it. For me the whole record flows well. The spoken word samples meld very very nicely. The instrumentation is serene and precise. The music never seems predictable. It's not a perfect record, not every track clicks 100% for me at least. But it is one of the greatest albums of 2010 and Soooooooo ridiculously underrated! Check it out!
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From 11/15/2012 06:11
Profound and playful in equal measures, what could have been a cynical mockery of spiritual inquest turns out to be a joyous soul-searching experience.
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