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A SORT OF HOMECOMING

Anathema

Experimental/Post Metal


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3.74 | 53 ratings | 2 reviews | 21% 5 stars

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Live, released in 2015

Songs / Tracks Listing

CD 1 (50:13)
1. The Lost Song Part 2 (6:39)
2. Untouchable Part 1 (6:29)
3. Untouchable Part 2 (6:25)
4. Thin Air (6:44)
5. Dreaming Light (6:23)
6. Anathema (7:32)
7. Ariel (6:08)
8. Electricity (3:53)

CD 2 (52:07)
1. Temporary Peace (5:54)
2. The Beginning and the End (5:21)
3. Distant Satellites (8:04)
4. Take Shelter (9:28)
5. Internal Landscapes (7:03)
6. A Natural Disaster (8:45)
7. Fragile Dreams (7:32)

Total Time 102:20

DVD:
1. The Lost Song Part 2 (6:39)
2. Untouchable Part 1 (6:29)
3. Untouchable Part 2 (6:25)
4. Thin Air (6:44)
5. Dreaming Light (6:23)
6. Anathema (7:32)
7. Ariel (6:08)
8. Electricity (3:53)
9. Temporary Peace (5:54)
10. The Beginning and the End (5:21)
11. Distant Satellites (8:04)
12. Take Shelter (9:28)
13. Internal Landscapes (7:03)
14. A Natural Disaster (8:45)
15. Fragile Dreams (7:32)

Total Time 102:20

Blu-ray:
1. The Lost Song Part 2 (6:39)
2. Untouchable Part 1 (6:29)
3. Untouchable Part 2 (6:25)
4. Thin Air (6:44)
5. Dreaming Light (6:23)
6. Anathema (7:32)
7. Ariel (6:08)
8. Electricity (3:53)
9. Temporary Peace (5:54)
10. The Beginning and the End (5:21)
11. Distant Satellites (8:04)
12. Take Shelter (9:28)
13. Internal Landscapes (7:03)
14. A Natural Disaster (8:45)
15. Fragile Dreams (7:32)
16. A Temporary Peace - behind the scenes short film (13:10)

Total Time 115:30

3LP:
A1. The Lost Song Part 2 (6:39)
A2. Untouchable Part 1 (6:29)
B1. Untouchable Part 2 (6:25)
B2. Thin Air (6:44)
B3. Dreaming Light (6:23)
C1. Anathema (7:32)
C2. Ariel (6:08)
C3. Electricity (3:53)
D1. Temporary Peace (5:54)
D2. The Beginning and the End (5:21)
D3. Distant Satellites (8:04)
E1. Take Shelter (9:28)
E2. Internal Landscapes (7:03)
F1. A Natural Disaster (8:45)
F2. Fragile Dreams (7:32)

Total Time 102:20

Line-up / Musicians

- Vincent Cavanagh / vocals, guitar, vocoder
- Danny Cavanagh / guitar, keyboards, vocals
- Jamie Cavanagh / bass
- John Douglas / drums, keyboards
- Lee Douglas / vocals

Releases information

Label: Kscope
Format:- 4 disc box set: 2 CD concert audio (100 mins), DVD with full concert plus an additional behind the scenes film "A Temporary Peace" and concert on Blu-ray disc. In a deluxe rigid media book with 36 page booklet, presented in a slipcase
- 2CD + DVD-V: The set features the full 100 minute audio and DVD-V of the concert with 5.1 audio mixed by The Pineapple Thief's Bruce Soord
- Blu-ray disc: The full 100 minute concert plus an additional behind the scenes film "A Temporary Peace" with 5.1 audio mixed by The Pineapple Thief's Bruce Soord
- Vinyl A gatefold triple 180g black vinyl LP including MP3 download code
- Digital: Concert audio only

Directed by Lasse Hoile, A Sort Of Homecoming is a stunning concert film of Anathema's performance on March 7th 2015 in the spectacular setting of the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral

October 30, 2015

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ANATHEMA A Sort of Homecoming ratings distribution


3.74
(53 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(21%)
21%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(58%)
58%
Good, but non-essential (11%)
11%
Collectors/fans only (9%)
9%
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)
0%

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Review by Windhawk
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars UK band ANATHEMA have been around for a quarter of a century by now, initially starting out as a doom metal band and then over time developing into one of the more cherished bands in the progressive rock scene. They have a dozen studio productions to their name at this point, as well as a good handful of live productions on CD and DVD. "A Sort of Homecoming" is the most recent of the latter, and was released through UK label Kscope in the fall of 2015.

This review covers the audio parts of this package only. This production is mostly sold as a CD/DVD/Blu-Ray package, so apart from those who buy the vinyl edition there's a concert movie part of this package as well, but as we live in an age where most promos are digital only that part of the package isn't covered here. It probably merits mentioning that the DVD/Blu-Ray concert movie was directed by Lasse Hoilie though, a name normally associated with quality products in such matters.

For those not already familiar with the nature of this live production, you should be aware that this isn't a recording of a typical live Anathema show. This concert was recorded on one of a series of shows where the band performed their material in a rather untypical manner that one might describe as semi-acoustic. And rather than merely replacing the electric guitar with an acoustic one and doing minor adjustments, at least from what I can tell the band have opted to rearrange their material to suit a mostly acoustic performance in this case. The drum patterns and bass are much more careful, the keyboards are mainly used to create fragile, atmospheric laden details, there is a wee bit of electric guitar details at hand too unless my ears deceives me, but then strictly limited to add frail, delicate nuances to the performances. Acoustic guitar and piano alternate between having the major instrument roles, and on occasion cello and violin are added to provide additional depth and scope, presumably instead of keyboards.

Anathema isn't a band that are strangers to delicate or even acoustic arrangements of course, as quite a few of their compositions may start off if not quite in an acoustic manner then at least in a comparable one, building from a fragile state into creations of a more majestic magnificence. These traits are present also when those compositions are explored in a semi-acoustic manner, with elegant build-ups a key feature for quite a few of the songs here. But the dramatic and emotional peaks are rather more subtle on this performance, the majestic passages more delicate in nature, stately and sophisticated rather than highly emotional to the point of being borderline overpowering.

This change in perspective ultimately means that the songs as a whole are more dependent on the main vocalists to carry the songs and to add the tension and emotional impact needed to maintain interest. Both main vocalists in the band are quality vocalists of course, and in this case it would appear that they both had a good night performance wise as well, both of them providing enthralling vocals as standalone vocalists as well as when alternating for in the main vocal roles or when interacting to create vocal harmonies. In fact it would appear that all the band members had a good night for this recording, as the performance is just about as spotless as you can expect from a live performance. That they have opted to include the sounds of the audience as well is a nice touch in my book, rather than fading out and in again in between songs the spoken words from stage and audience reactions and responses are captured, from what I can hear at least, in full. Which is a nice touch in my book, giving the people who buy this package a true to life experience of how the entire concert actually was.

Just how much you will enjoy this production ultimately comes down to just how fond you are of this band, as well as how fond you are of a band that pulls of a set of semi-acoustic renditions of their material. If you are fond of rock and metal bands that rearrange their material to suit an acoustic performance this is a production that merits a check, and if you are a fan of this band this is a concert production that will give you a new and possibly revealing experience of their material, and then in a good manner I would suspect. A quality production, at least when it comes to the sound recording and the performance it documents, and I'd be much surprised if the video capture of this performance is any less intriguing.

Review by Mellotron Storm
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars 3.5 stars. I don't have the DVD of this concert only the audio. ANATHEMA were one of those bands I discovered early on when discovering this site. Their PINK FLOYD vibe and atmosphere along with the heaviness at times won me over rather quickly. Albums like "Judgment" and "A Fine Day To Exit" especially resonated with me. Man these guys have changed over the years. When I first heard "We're Here Because We're Here" I couldn't believe it was the same band but to my ears they sounded better than ever. So talented these Douglas and Cavanagh siblings that make up this band.

I feel I didn't do my homework for this one as they have released three live albums and I pick the acoustic one. Kind of a pet peeve for me these unplugged and acoustic records which is why Folk doesn't do much for me. We get 15 tracks with nine of them coming from the "Distant Satellites" and "Weather Systems" albums. Kind of cool to hear some old classics in there too. Man this is emotional music. I have mental health issues and had a rough two days last week and I couldn't listen to this record, just way too emotional at times. It was pretty cool though to listen to this band again it's been a while.

Two discs worth about 51 minutes each. I have a top three for each disc, in fact I'd love to have these six tracks on a cdr, an EP of moving acoustic music. So on disc one that three song run of "Untouchable Part 2", "Thin Air" and Dreaming Light" just melts me. So uplifting as well. You know I listen to these tracks and think this is an easy 4 stars but then a lot of the newer tunes done unplugged just don't do much for me. Disc two is about the classics like the opener "Temporary Peace" and the two closing tracks "A Natural Disaster" and "Fragile Dreams". Tough not giving this 4 stars but I need electricity! Regardless this is a moving album with a nice track selection.

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