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Hindsight


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Although we live in an age where superficial thrills and instant gratification reign supreme, the world of music is still able to sustain artists who honour and celebrate those ancient and traditional values of creativity, artistry and the noble art of building a magical legacy. Formed in 1990, Anathema have long lived up to their name: a band that transcends transient fashion in favour of the ... Read more in Amazon's Anathema Store

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  • Audio CD (August 19, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Snapper Music Group
  • ASIN: B00197X140
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,169 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Fragile Dreams
2. Leave No Trace
3. Inner Silence
4. One Last Goodbye
5. Are You There?
6. Angelica
7. A Natural Disaster
8. Temporary Peace
9. Flying
10. Unchained (Tales of the Unexpected)

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This album is a catalog of the bands journey so far.
Sumer
This album works because the songs are all extraordinarily strong.
nurnberger
This album is a must have for anyone who likes good music.
Jason D. West

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By nurnberger on September 27, 2008
Format: Audio CD
This album really should not be as good as it is. Basically it is womwhat of a greatest hits album, except that the songs were rerecorded and in some cases rearranged. Most bands who attempt this don't produce anything memorable. Anathema, on the other hand, are such immense songwriters but didn't necessarily always put their work in the best light. The original recording of Angelica for instance, was poorly recorded at a time when Cavanagh really had not found his singing voice yet (he made a drastic improvement between "Eternity" and "Alternative 4"), here this gorgeaous song is finally done justice. This album works because the songs are all extraordinarily strong. They are not simply good, many of them could be called great, and I would only say this about very few songs that I like. Anathema's songs have a classic, timeless beauty to them. By picking some of their strongest works and recording them in a way that makes them flow together seamlessly, Anathema have produced what could possibly be considered their best album. I would highly receommend this to anyone, and if I had to introduce this band to someone this would definitely be the best starting point (unless that person is a doom metal fan of course).
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joshua K. Meyers on September 17, 2009
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To many pre-existing fans of this band like myself, the announcement of an acoustic reworking of previous material may not cause them to run out and buy it immediately; after all, what we're all waiting for is the highly anticipated new album that's been six years in the making. So, in hindsight (pun intended), I can see I (and perhaps some others) was foolish enough to pass this record up until I decided to listen to it today. What a mistake to let this one go til now.

This isn't a simple re-recording of previous material, but rather a more focused, well produced, and better performed rendition of some of Anathema's best songs. You could say its a best-of collection (which is fine because this band doesn't have one and certainly deserves one), but its more than that - the maturity and growth in all aspects of their craft Anathema has seen up to this point are utilized to recreate these songs to incredible effect. In short (if I may be so bold), this is the way these songs should be interpreted, because as great as these songs were originally, they're even more moving and thought provoking this time around.

As for how it was advertised as an acoustic album, after listening to it I can say that its not quite. There's use of synthesizers, some vocal effects, and a bit of studio magic that help the songs blossom to their full potential. But perhaps the greatest aspect of this record is not just its consistency, fluidity, and improved production, but the way some of the arrangements have been tweaked and improved upon to help the songs flow, impact, and translate better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Liaras on December 18, 2010
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I have watched Anathema performing live an acoustic show containing most of these songs. I can say that listening to this CD gave me pretty much the same feeling of relaxation and katharsis. If you like Anathema this is a must buy item and if you don't know Anathema it's a nice way to get introduced to their amazing music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Horn on January 5, 2009
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I am really, really loving this album. It is a basically a look back, in "Hindsight," at Anathema's earlier classics. They have re-recorded some of their timeless classics in a semi-acoustic format but still maintained their recent atmospheric electronic sound. I love these old songs and their original arrangements, so right off the bat it would be hard for me to like the new versions, notwithstanding the fact, as an earlier reviewer stated, that the production on the earliest albums (Eternity, Alternative 4) wasn't the best. However, especially after a few listens, I absolutely love these versions. Most surprisingly, I love the new version of "One Last Goodbye" more than the original, which I never thought would happen because the original is so amazing.

The reason why I cannot give this album 5 stars is that while the recordings are great, I do highly dislike the synthesized sound they have used for the solos on Angelica, Inner Silence, and others. It is a high pitched synth sound that sounds like it is changing octaves continuously. I find this sound disconcerting and feel it doesn't do the strong melodies justice (though it does fit the electronic, atmospheric sound they have created). I feel using a violin (there are a lot of strings used on this album) or just an elecrtic guitar sound would have been more enjoyable. But this is just a highly personal taste, and I can look past this and still really enjoy the album. Unfortunately, it really keeps it from being 5 stars for me. Hopefully it is 5 stars for you!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Justin G. TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 10, 2009
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While there have been Anathema compilations in the past, they have been primarily focused on rarities or the band's earlier death metal material. There has never been a "best of" collection for this too often overlooked band, and Hindsight really doesn't qualify as one either. Instead, the band has rerecorded and rearranged several songs from their back catalog (one song from 1996's Eternity, two from 1998's Alternative 4, one from 1999's Judgement, two from 2001's A Fine Day to Exit, three from 2004's A Natural Disaster, plus the all new song "Unchained (Tales of the Unexpected)" in a laid back, semi-acoustic style.

It's a shame none of the mainstream rock critics who go into throes of rapture with each new Radiohead release will ever listen to Anathema, because much of Anathema's recent material, and especially the songs on Hindsight, would no doubt have the same effect. Already one of the most moving and intelligent bands around, Anathema's songs seem even more compelling in this "stripped down" format. I found myself listening closely and paying more attention to every nuance and lyric, appreciating these songs in a whole new light. Additionally, the altered direction of these songs gives the album a sense of cohesion that almost no compilation album is ever able to achieve. It works as a whole just as well as it does a collection of individual songs.

My only complaint, and it's a minor one, is that none of the band's earliest material is represented. Obviously the doomy, death metal of those earlier albums would be much harder to translate into Hindsight's tranquil, semi-acoustic style, but it would probably be extremely interesting to hear. Also, while Hindsight is powerful, it doesn't remotely rock.
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