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4 stars A sad album?

A couple of years ago, a friend of mine introduced me Anathema, the first song that i listened was "Sleepless", (not the Crimson one), and it was good but i remember that i was not interested in more Anathema, until one day she gave me a CD called "A Natural Disaster", when a self titled song appears with a great melancoholic sound with female vocals, but also another song "Are You There?", who immediately caugh my attention, since then this is one of my favorite "prog melancoholic metal" albums.

So now that i finished that little introduction, here is the review.

"Harmonium", is maybe the closest to doom or metal here, because it starts with a slow tempo, with voices over there, and then little by little the guitar is rising, not the best song, just OK, nice first song.

"Balance" is another slow song, in fact the most of the songs have this style, there are some faster passages but because of the feeling of the album you can imagine some of it`s greatest moments are in slow tempo., this is another short and slow song, just to continue the album.

"Closer" is a strange song, it has trhoughout the song a particular "robotic" voice, its great but this song could desperate you, its not so long but always with the same rythm, for me is great, but its a matter of tastes.

"Are You There" is maybe my favorite song, because of it`s beautiful (sad) mood , it`s great that kind of deep songs which maybe would love, the lyrics are beautiful and the little crescendo during the song is amazing, when you listen to this song you will find a clear example of a non metal song whiich belongs to a metal album.

"Childhood Dream" a short song which has what the title says, i mean you can imagine a child ,its something like a lullaby but with melancoholic ambient, i repeat the song is short but you can enjoy this 2 minutes.

"Pulled Under 2000 metres" is probably the metal song that we are waiting for, since the beggining of the song we can appreciate a strongest guitar sound, but again with that sad mood which make it better, also the vocals here remind me "Sheep" of Pink Floyd.

"A Natural Disaster", the self titled song, as i said above, this song features guest female vocals, by the way great vocals, this song remind me some Portishead because of the slow guitar tempo and the female voice, but actually it has nothing in common , this is that song you im sure you will love and sing, cause no matter what i say, no matter what i do, i cant change what happen...

"Flying" is a great song, im realizing right now that im not talking a lot about the music, here we can find great guitar work and a nice keyboard sound as a background, in fact in all the album we can appreciate that, this is maybe one of my favorite songs here.

"Electricity" is another beautiful (sad) mood song which you will recognize immediately if i tell you that it starts with a very melancoholic piano, then the soft Cavanagh voice makes it more special too, this song have the samy rythm the most of the time, i love it, it makes me think and take a long breath.

"Violence" is an excellent song, great and i think it was great to put it at the end of the album, maybe the most prgoressive because of its changes and 10 minutes. Again it starts with piano ,but this time it has no voice and after 2 minutes the song has a dramatic change this time with drums and powerful guitar sound, like this way the song has it`s next 2 or 3 minutes, then again a change.

After all i enjoy this album a lot, maybe it`s not the most progressive, not the most metal, and not the most complex, but perfect to my ears and moods. I highly recommend it despite not being a masterpiece, 4 stars for me.

memowakeman | 4/5 |


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