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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 11, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Peaceville
  • ASIN: B00013VHI0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,655 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I love music with a story.
perceive
Every member contributes minimal but integral elements to lend the compositions more depth and enable the movements to flow more organically.
Murat Batmaz
If your feeling sad and want to stay that way then listen to this album because I cant see how it would cheer someone up.
Jason D. West

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By The Raven on December 14, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The album itself is awesome, another great from Anathema. If you want to get technical thins is the album where they started changing their style into the band that they are today. I think that they have gotten better with each album, but there is something that makes this album shine. If you buy this album make sure you buy the Digi version with the BONUS tracks. I bought this album without even realizing that the tracks were Pink Floyd covers. I was listening and was just floored at how amazing they sound. I always attributed Anathema as a modern day Pink Floyd and finally hearing them cover my favorite band was just amazing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jason D. West on January 24, 2009
Format: Audio CD
This album is soooo depressing, good Lord. If your feeling sad and want to stay that way then listen to this album because I cant see how it would cheer someone up.
That being said. Its a great album. Every song (except the second one) is great. The song Inner Silece is my song for my lost love Merideth S.
Alt. 4 is what got me started on Anathema. And after that I've been hooked ever since. While this is not my favorite Anathema albume (A Fine Day to Exit is) it stands as a must for any fan and for anyone who needs a release instead of blowing out ones brains.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Yavuz on November 19, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Anathema is one of the bands, which creates himselffrom album to album. After my opinion this album is their climax. They deserve to be in a position, which must be better than they are in. Feel and Fragile Dreams are songs to be memorized. Just go and buy this album. Otherwise you will miss a lot.
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By perceive on February 12, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Firstly, I must share a weakness. I love music with a story. Whether that is a few songs tied together, or a fully fledged concept double album, I am always more susceptible to that album and it is more likely to end up as a favourite.
That is what happened when this album came out. I remember not knowing what to expect when this album came out, as their last two full length albums had showed quite significant difference in their music. This was definitely more art oriented than anything they had done before.
Right from the start I was hooked. And that is rare. Normally my more favoured albums, over a long period of time, are those that took some time and, more importantly, effort, to get.
Not so with Alternative 4. Right from the start I found this an album that I could listen to, from start to finish. The songs and moods ebb and flow and tell the story so very well.
If I had to pick a top three tracks off the album, I would probably go for Fragile Dreams, Alternative 4, and Regret. But this by no means diminishes the other songs.
I still feel that the production could have been slightly better, but this one of those albums, that for me, the music is that strong that the production would have to be a lot worse to take a star away from the rating.
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Format: Audio CD
Even though this may be a controversial statement, Alternative 4 is in many ways still the best Anathema album. It might be controversial because the album was mostly written by former member Duncan Patterson, who also picked the album title, found the cover concept for the artwork, and wrote all the music and lyrics for seven of the 10 songs. Actually, the first track, at only a minute and a half, "Shroud of False," is arguably the greatest intro written on a 90s album (perhaps only rivalled by the opening track on Freak of Nature's Gathering of Freaks). Comprised of a simple piano theme, where Patterson's sense of space and time between the notes triumphs, it sets the tone of the album, and you feel like the end of the world has arrived when Cavanagh sings "We're just a moment in time..." and concludes the verse with "I hope you don't understand..." By now, the mood is established by the band and it tethers on the brink of despair.

From here, the classic "Fragile Dreams" kicks in, complemented by the most poignant cello motif ever, and a powerful, intensely gripping guitar theme soars above the arrangement, ensuring the listener is fully hypnotized. Vincent Cavanaugh's delivery and expression has improved tenfold since their breakthrough album, Eternity, where they dropped all of their doom-death influences and adopted a more atmospheric sound, embracing keyboards, pianos, and exploring the depths of their compositional core. Whatever, they initiated on the previous disc is perfected here.
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By Mourad Ali on October 11, 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
One of Anathema's greatest albums. The lyrics are very deep and the music is so touching.
If you like this one, you'll also like their albums "Judgement" and "Weather Systems".
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