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Experimental/Post Metal

4.05 | 614 ratings

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5 stars Prog? Not really. Masterpiece? Oh, yes..

I really don't know how to review this album. It's like trying to explain to someone who doesn't know how the jasmine smells what it's like. He will never understand until he smells it his own. The same thing happens here. You won't understand how this album is like until you get to listen to it.

Anathema is a band that have changed their style and experimented on their music many times from the beginning of their career. They started of as a death-doom metal band always showing however that they had something different from other bands with songs like 'Everwake', 'J'Ai Fait une Promesse' among others. From 'Silent Enigma' you can see that the band has become less heavy and more lyrical. This becomes more obvious with the wonderful release 'Eternity' and then 'Alternative 4' came out. After this one they have released other masterpieces as well like 'Judgement', 'A Fine Day To Exit' and 'A Natural Disaster' but Alternative 4 still remains my favourite.

Like toolis says in his review : 'Alternative 1,2 and 3 where solutions that the leaders of the world have come up with, in case of the destruction of earth is upon us'. Other people say that Duncan Patterson had read Lealie Watkins book, 'Alternative 3'. Anyway the point is that what we get is Alternative 4. Memorable tracks, full of emotion and maybe the best lyrics I've ever seen. You can find the lyrics on the net if you don't have the album to get an idea of what I'm saying but the best thing you can do is read them while listening to the music. Truly amazing compositions and orchestrations beautifully performed by all four members. Cavanagh's vocals are so warm and expressive that can make you cry. It's an album that just couldn't have been better. If you could tell me that I could change one thing on this album, I would leave it as it is.

Anyway, this cd is very personal. It's probably the cd I've listened the most in my life. It was the best friend when I was sad or depressed or whenever I was having hard time in my life. Atmospheric, emotional, expressive, memorable, depressing are just a few words that may describe this cd. If this cd was in every house, in every cd collection, I want to belve this world would be less dead and cold.

'We are just a moment in time, A blink of an eye, A dream for the blind'

sularetal | 5/5 |


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