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3 stars A Fine Day to Exit ? 2001

10 ? Best Song: Underworld

Okay, so this is an utter divorce of the past. I love it when a band has progressed so fary beyond their homeland that they run the risk of becoming lost in the unfamiliar territory, but with Anathema, organic 1990's rock was never too far away from home (well, maybe on that nasty debut), so I applaud them for sticking their noses in books that aren't real, rather they are hollow metaphors to pass onto you, my illustrious readers. I don't care where you go. But at this point, yon fans of yore may be asking yourselves: Why should I care about a Fine Day to Exit when I could simply go and buy a Modest Mouse album or something?

Well, that's true. In the grand scheme, this album is little more than a footnote of the beginning of the new decade. Most of the songs follow similarly simplistic patterns and there's very little excitement to be passed about. It isn't until the fourth song 'Leave No Trace', that the band decides a little intensity is necessary, and even then that fades off into the liquid sunset. 'Underworld' is the one true rock song. The guitars pulsate and grind cleanly.

'Temporary Peace' is a sort of fluke. It's no epic at all. It's a six minute relaxation piece to soothing ocean waves. The rest is silence and blabbering and uselessness. This is their sixth album now, and they've gone from one extreme to another, but I openly admit to preferring the latter.

Alitare | 3/5 |


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