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Format: CD
Sku: 230056267
UPC: 654436025122
UPC 14: 00654436025122
Release Date: 4/24/2012
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Untouchable, Pt. 1 ~ Anathema
2. Untouchable, Pt. 2 ~ Anathema
3. Gathering of the Clouds, The ~ Anathema
4. Lightning Song ~ Anathema
5. Sunlight ~ Anathema
6. Storm Before the Calm, The ~ Anathema
7. Beginning and the End, The ~ Anathema
8. Lost Child, The ~ Anathema
9. Internal Landscapes ~ Anathema

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Composer: Vincent Cavanagh.
Muze PNote Personnel: Lee Helen Douglas (vocals); The London Session Orchestra (strings).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Christer-Andr? Cederberg.
Muze PNote Recording information: Aerial Studios, Wrexham; Christer's Place, Oslo; Parr Street Studios, Liverpool.
Muze PNote Arranger: Vincent Cavanagh.
Muze PNote After Falling Deeper, Anathema's orchestral detour into greatest hitsville, the Liverpool band return with a true follow-up to We're Here Because We're Here. What Falling Deeper accomplished was to make the band comfortable with the string arrangements of Dave Stewart; they're used abundantly -- and to great benefit -- on Weather Systems (produced by Christer-Andre Cederberg with Daniel and Vincent Cavanagh). Guitarist Daniel has written a set of songs that are more daring, harmonically ambitious, and poetically sophisticated than anything he's previously attempted. Vocalist and occasional keyboardist Vincent arranges them for drummer John Douglas, vocalist Lee Helen Douglas, and help from Cederberg on bass. Piano, acoustic, and electric guitars continue to dominate Anathema's latter-day sound, but strings are now an immense part of their textural architecture. Anathema's brand of 21st century prog embraces pop's grandest scales and accessibility without mindless kitsch, shallowness, or phony detachment. This material, which is lyrically on the heavy end of the emotional scale, is offset by the sheer beauty of the compositions and orchestrations. The album explores the range of human emotions regarding death -- the acceptance of its inevitability and the transcendence of the fear it engenders -- which illuminates these nine songs. According to Daniel's lyrics, it's the ferocity of love that both bridges the mortal divide and renders fear impotent. While on the surface the piano and acoustic guitar intros on most of these songs may seem to be repetitive, they are merely feints, serving as guideposts to vast interiors, musically, sonically, and lyrically. It's a gorgeous whole, but there are standouts. The two parts of "Untouchable" feature Vincent and Douglas on alternate, contrasting leads. The first part is mostly driven by guitars and drums with strings added for depth; the second is drenched in strings and becomes the first part's mirror image. "Lightning Song" features Douglas. Her crystalline vocal helms the track as it gradually gathers intensity until explosive electric guitars transform it into an anthem, yet she rises above to carry it home. "Sunlight" begins quietly, but its drums and electric guitars gather into a storm force, yet the hook remains transparent. Closer "Internal Landscapes" -- introduced with ambient electronics and a field recording of a near-death experience -- breaks free from its initial weightiness with its sheer musicality and honest emotional expression from Vincent and Douglas. Weather Systems stands with Anathema's finest work. They've not only escaped the limitation of expectations, they've exceeded them. ~ Thom Jurek

Producer: Vincent Cavanagh; Christer-Andre Cederberg; Daniel Cavanagh (Anathema)

Engineer: Steve Price; Christer-Andre Cederberg

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 04/24/2012
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2012
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 2512
Music Label Name Label : The End
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00654436025122

Professional Reviews

Kerrang (Magazine)
- "Anathema now possess an atmospheric, addictive charm that's entirely and unmistakably their own."

Q (Magazine)
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "[With] dreamy, emotive landscapes....Intricate and thoughtful..."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Anathema
Product attributeLabel:   End Records/telegraph Company
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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