A Fine Day to Exit

A Fine Day to Exit is the sixth album by the British rock band Anathema. It was released on 9 October 2001 through Music for Nations.

A Fine Day to Exit
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Studio album by
Released9 October 2001
RecordedBetween August 2000 and June 2001, at Crash Studios, Liverpool; The Windings Walia; and Chapel Studios Lincolnshire
LabelMusic for Nations
ProducerNick Griffiths
Anathema chronology
A Fine Day to Exit
Resonance 2
Singles from A Fine Day to Exit
  1. "Pressure"
    Released: 2001[1]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Sputnikmusic [3]
Silencio Hungary [4]

This is the only occasion where an Anathema album has John Douglas credited as a writer for around half of the songs. He wrote "Pressure", "Looking Outside Inside", "Panic" (co-written with Daniel Cavanagh), the title track and the hidden acoustic track at the end of "Temporary Peace" called "In the Dog's House".

It is the last album with bassist Dave Pybus, and the first with keyboardist Les Smith.

Track listingEdit

1."Pressure" (Douglas)6:44
2."Release" (D. Cavanagh)5:47
3."Looking Outside Inside" (Douglas)6:23
4."Leave No Trace" (V. Cavanagh)4:46
5."Underworld" (lyrics by V. Cavanagh, music by D. Cavanagh)4:10
6."Barriers" (D. Cavanagh)5:54
7."Panic" (lyrics by Douglas, music by D. Cavanagh)3:30
8."A Fine Day to Exit" (Douglas)6:49
9."Temporary Peace"(D. Cavanagh)
  • I. "Temporary Peace" (5:40)
  • II. "Crashing waves" (2:10)
  • III. "Sound of footsteps and voices" (2:35)
  • IV. "5-minute silence" (5:00)
  • V. "In the Dog's House (acoustic finale)" (3:05)"
Total length:62:30

"Temporary Peace" proper fades into the sound of waves crashing and finishes at minute 5:40. More crashing waves follow with the sound of footsteps, voices, and piano chords beginning at minute 7:50 and going on until minute 10:25. That's followed by 5 minutes of silence; at minute 15:25 the hidden song acoustic "In the Dog's House" (3:05) starts.



Chart (2001) Peak
Finnish Albums Chart 34[5]
French Albums Chart 124[6]
Polish Albums Chart 22[7]


  1. ^ "Anathema - Pressure".
  2. ^ Henderson, Alex. A Fine Day to Exit - Anathema at AllMusic. Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  3. ^ "Anathema - A Fine Day to Exit (album review)". sputnikmusice.com. 12 July 2008. Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  4. ^ "Anathema - A Fine Day to Exit (2001) // Silencio". silencio.freeblog.hu. 28 March 2011. Archived from the original on 31 March 2012. Retrieved 3 September 2011.
  5. ^ "Finnish Charts".
  6. ^ "French Charts". Retrieved 13 April 2011.
  7. ^ "Polish Charts". Retrieved 13 April 2011.