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3.21 | 37 ratings | 5 reviews | 16% 5 stars

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Boxset/Compilation, released in 2001

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Scars of the Old Stream (1:10)
2. Everwake (2:39)
3. J'Fait une Promesse (2:39)
4. Alone (4:29)
5. Far Away [Acoustic] (5:22)
6. Eternity, Part 2 (3:11)
7. Eternity, Part 3 [Acoustic] (5:08)
8. Better off Dead (4:22)
9. One of the Few (1:50)
10. Inner Silence (3:08)
11. Goodbye Cruel World (1:41)
12. Destiny (2:14)
13. The Silent Enigma [Orchestral] (4:14)
14. Angelica (6:58)
15. Horses (3:43)
16. Hope [multimedia track] (8:00)

Total Time: 62:02

Line-up / Musicians

- Vincent Cavanagh / voice, guitar
- Duncan Patterson / bass
- Daniel Cavanagh / guitars
- Shaun Steels / drums

Releases information

CD Peaceville Records CDVILE82P (2001)

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ANATHEMA Resonance: Best of Anathema ratings distribution

(37 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(16%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(27%)
Good, but non-essential (38%)
Collectors/fans only (11%)
Poor. Only for completionists (8%)

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Review by Gatot
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3 stars An ambient acoustic music that I really like!

Well, I knew the band by accident when my metal friend introduced me with some albums of the band. What confused me that there has been no metal music in the albums that my friend introduced me especially this "Resonance" album which features the light version of the music. All songs in this 'the best of' album I have never known before except those of Pink Floyd. The more I play this album I like it because the music is well composed and well performed by Anathema; all tracks are dark.

The main thing about this compilation is the acoustic guitar that plays significant role throughout the album. I always enjoy this one in its entirety because I do enjoy the flow of the music from opening till end of the album. All of the songs are ambient in style. "Far Away" (5:22) is a great song with powerful vocal and stunning acoustic guitar work. I also like the lyrics even though not a long one. It flows brilliantly to "Eternity, Part 2" (3:11), "Eternity, Part 3" [Acoustic] (5:08) - all of them in an ambient style that reminds me to the music of Pink Floyd. "Better off Dead" (4:22) (a cover of Bad Religion) is a very nice one with female vocal. Pink Floyd's "One of the Few" (1:50) and "Goodbye Cruel World" (1:41) are performed excellently. "Destiny" (2:14) is another excellent song with memorable melody, powerful vocal line. It flows nicely to "The Silent Enigma [Orchestral]" (4:14).

If you like Pain of Salvation 12:05< I am sure you like this album as well. Keep on proggin' ...!!!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

Review by kev rowland
3 stars With Anathema now having been together for ten years, it has been decided to release two compilation albums, each showing the very different sides of the band. According to Webster's "Anathema comes from the Greek word meaning "a thing devoted," especially to evil, hence a curse, from anatithenai, to dedicate, to set up, from ana, up + tithenai, to place or put". I am not quite sure what these guys are devoted to, apart from making music that is compelling and bringing together styles in a manner that is both strange and wonderful. It is has been a long time since I have heard any of their albums and these two collections do much in the way of explaining what they are about. Their albums shows that the band is happy both when crunching out dark melodic rock or when being gentle and melodic, and these albums have been divided along these musical boundaries.

'Resonance' has the band in reflective mood, as well as employing various female guest vocalists. Electric guitars are noticeable by their absence for the most part, as the emphasis is on acoustic guitars with melody and mood. Take for example "J'fait Une Promesse" where there is overlaid female vocals with suitably restrained acoustic guitars. It is the sort of thing that could be more expected from Renaissance, not a hard rock band. Most of the songs only have female vocals, but my favourite, "Better Off Dead", is a gothic and emotive duet. It is darkly beautiful, a masterpiece. I have to confess to not knowing the original by Bad Religion, but find it hard to believe that it could be better than this. This collection also contains a few Roger Waters numbers and "Goodbye Cruel World" is superb, possibly even better than the Floyd themselves. There is an orchestral version of one of their songs, a video of "Hope" and a live version of "Angelica" which must have been recorded by someone in the audience who didn't have a microphone. Six of the fifteen songs have not previously been available outside of Germany and Japan.

Originally appeared in Feedback #70, Oct 02

Latest members reviews

4 stars Resonance Vol I. is a compilation emphasizing Anathema's "mellow" moments (Vol. II, released a short time after, focuses primarily on the heavier end of the band's sound- spectrum). The material on offer spans the band's career during the years 1992-1998, when they were signed to the Peaceville ... (read more)

Report this review (#85995) | Posted by bleak | Sunday, August 6, 2006 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This is my Anathema's first heard album, so it's very impressive, and in my heart, it has an important part. I can play acoustic guitar, and it's my favourite music instrument, so I can cover most of the songs in this album. And it makes me happy. ^^ But, I have to say that it doesn't have man ... (read more)

Report this review (#31073) | Posted by | Thursday, February 10, 2005 | Review Permanlink

2 stars Probably for completests only, there is alot of filler here but other than that there is some good stuff. One of the few is a great cover, better than the origional in my opinion, but its not much of a floyd song to start with.The accoustic songs at the start are great, they sort of mold into ... (read more)

Report this review (#31072) | Posted by | Thursday, June 24, 2004 | Review Permanlink

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