A Fine Day to Exit

Sony BMG Music Entertainment
Release date
2 Jun 2006
Running length
9 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Pressure 6:44 68,948
2 Release 5:47 69,031
3 Looking Outside Inside 6:23 59,145
4 Leave No Trace 4:46 81,816
5 Underworld 4:09 62,148
6 Barriers 5:53 51,753
7 Panic 3:30 68,431
8 A Fine Day to Exit 6:49 57,124
9 Temporary Peace 18:26 70,711

About this album

A Fine Day to Exit is an album by the British rock band Anathema. It was released on 9 October of 2001 through Music For Nations.
The album is a major stylistic departure from Anathema’s previous releases. Alex Henderson, writing for AllMusic, described it as an album that has nothing to do with metal, instead sounding like the alternative rock band Radiohead and the classic rock bands Pink Floyd and Beatles.
The drummer John Douglas came up with half of the songs. He wrote Pressure, Looking Outside Inside, Panic, the title track and the hidden acoustic track at the end of “Temporary Peace” called “In the Dog’s House”.

“Pressure” was originally set to be released as a single to promote “A Fine Day to Exit” but the song received no backing from major radio or television stations. A video was shot for it but was only ever played once on Tommy Vance’s rock show on VH-1.
“Temporary Peace” ends at roughly 6 minutes. The main song ends with the sound of waves crashing on a beach. However, after 2 minutes the band members start a monologue for 2 minutes, making it sound like a “mad person” is talking to himself. The sound of waves remain for 3 minutes of the track. Finally, in the remaining 3 minutes, a hidden song performed with acoustic guitars is played. This is separately titled “In the Dog’s House.” As they finish singing, the audio track ends.
The band recorded an instrumental intro track, somewhat reminiscent of the song “Violence” from their later record A Natural Disaster.

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  • Traumita

    My favorite album from them! It's a shame they do not play songs from this album anymore :(

    4 Feb 4:54am Reply
  • lejk_ap_nijo

    I'm stating it. The best album of Anathema, a masterpiece in every inch. Every time I'm listening to it, I'm just sure about that. So refreshing. Well...okay, maybe equally with Judgement.

    17 May 2014 Reply
  • crosskip

    Fuck it, this one is just their best record.

    18 Dec 2013 Reply
  • vinipl87

    Love the band, cover the album

    7 Oct 2013 Reply
  • mk741

    A tedious and plodding experience that never clicked with me.

    30 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Meloku666

    "Release" was my introduction to Anathema and what can I say? I will love that song (and this band) 'til the end of time!!

    29 Mar 2013 Reply
  • bluegrassishhh

    Love the album, hate the cover. [2]

    9 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Seasonreaper

    This and Judgement define later Anathema to me. Both albums are amazing.

    23 Nov 2012 Reply
  • theDecapitator

    Anathema has no bad albums but this one (and Serenades) really sticks out for me. A level of perfection they never reached again afterwards.....so good!

    14 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Slaything

    This album was love at first listen for me, and to this day, one of favourites from anyone. Judgement and Alternative 4 never clicked with me, and I gave them both alot of spins.

    3 Sep 2012 Reply
  • TheIndieHeart

    There's no good enough words to describe THE perfection of this Album. This album does not stop growing on you.(2)

    17 Aug 2012 Reply
  • __UnknowN__

    This album does not stop growing on you. Like some people already pointed it out, if you don't love it at first listen, don't stop because you'll end up fucking loving it. Probably their best.

    25 Apr 2012 Reply
  • LunaticSoul_

    This is my favorite from them actually. [2]

    6 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Artefvcked

    Probably the most disliked album from Anathema, maybe because it really need more than 1/2 listens, not like the others. [2]

    15 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Notesmasher

    This is my favorite from them actually.

    24 May 2011 Reply
  • HayrVay

    Probably the most disliked album from Anathema, maybe because it really need more than 1/2 listens, not like the others.

    10 Apr 2011 Reply
  • gabfrosch

    Got my favourite over time.

    25 Feb 2011 Reply
  • RamaAnathema

    Barriers is unbelievably AMAZING :')

    3 Nov 2010 Reply
  • WarriorSoul_

    My favourite along with Judgement and We Are Here Because We Are Here

    11 Oct 2010 Reply
  • nightwatch79

    my favourite! next A4 and Judgement.. fantastic time!

    5 Aug 2010 Reply
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