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Weather Systems

4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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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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  • Vinyl (May 8, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: The End Records
  • ASIN: B007LNJ5RI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236,496 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

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2LP in Gatefold Jacket includes Huge 11x11 24page color photo/lyric Book and digital download card, limited to 1000 units

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ? album of the year.. May 30, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Stumbled across Britain's Anathema 3 years ago. Like Porcupine Tree and vaguely similar bands, inevitably put in the "Metal " racks. Thank the contemporary music deities for Amazon.

My initial hearings of this formidable work were bracketted by WHWs "Of Empires Forlorn", and Swallow the Sun's "Emerald Forest..". This juxtapositioning works for this reviewer.

I'd have to say that the harsh edges and angularity of earlier Anathema works seems to have given way to a more accessible soundscape. Dare one say, commercial.
Never-the-less, there are, in proper measures, great power, balladry, drama, contemplation and integrity

The opening tracks, "Untouchable, 1 & 2", open with an almost folky acoustic ambience, which gives way to a driving rock anthem, thence to a gentler interlude by way of boy/girl duet, then soaring instrumental and closing gently. Wonderful.

"The Gathering of the Clouds" continues with this general scheme, with pulsating and swirling orchestral components tastefully placed. That reads blandly, but one can't gush continuously!

Lee Douglas' bright vocal points up "Lightning Song", which again slides into great hard rock from a gentle beginning. The band may well be seeking a wider audience, but by golly, it's brilliant.
Written here, it may appear formulaic, but the listening reveals a certain honesty in the vocals,and great art in the finished song(s)

"Sunlight" follows in the true path, with David Cavanagh taking lead voice. There is more than a hint of "the Edge" in the guitar sound.

Yet, just as we are settling into a particular musical language, "The Storm Before the Calm" reverts to what we might expect of this mob.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece April 26, 2012
Format:Audio CD
At first listen, Weather Systems confused me. I did not enjoy the record, I found one or two songs I liked and that was it.

But one day it clicked, every track on this record is amazing, I actually view it as one long piece. This album flows as one track, not as 9 different tracks.

It's a very emotional album, and I find that emotional music is the most beautiful music.

There is a wide variety of musical journeys on this record, acoustic guitars, bright sounds, fast rhythms, mesmerizing strings, electronica, harmonies; the list goes on and it's amazing just how well it truly does flow together.

Weather Systems does not surpass its predecessor (We're Here Because We're Here), but it sure does come close and is without a doubt a worthy follow-up that stands on it's own.

This is an amazing album that everyone should at least experience once.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Let me just say, I've bought a lot of CDs. Over the years, I've bought so many I can't even remember who they were from.

I've also bought a lot of MP3 albums.

In all that time, I've never - really - reviewed an album. I just let other people, more articulate about their love of music, do that.

But I need to speak out about this album. I have to. There's someone with a gun (metaphorically, at least) telling me to do it.

First off, this is, without a doubt, one of my favorite albums now. Ever. It's simply an unstoppable powerhouse of emotion from beginning to end. The band said they wanted to provoke emotions in the listener with this album and they have. I felt my emotions being tugged and prodded and explored with every sailing guitar, every melody, every incredible height Lee Douglas' voice soared to.

This album is uplifting and depressing. It wants to be. Its goal is to drill down on the sadness in life and show you how to emerge from it.

After listening to it multiple times you truly understand the name of the album - every human's life is a series of climatic shifts.

Personally, I'm going through a rough time in my life. This album has given me energy to persevere through it. That's because it's more than just a series of catchy tunes strung together; tons of bands do that. Its an ongoing journey of the mind and heart.

More technically, the 2-part 'Untouchable' is a roller-coaster of emotion and power. Vincent is so much better, and clearer, than he has been on past releases. He manages to sound reserved and introspective at exactly the right moment, complimented by the expertly handled guitar work.

That's basically the entire album, though I think it's best represented in those two songs.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Work of Art! November 21, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I am a newcomer to Anathema. A friend of mine recommended them to me. On a whim, I picked up Weather Systems and We're Here Because We're Here. I now feel like I owe my friend a great debt of gratitude for introducing me to Anathema. I like We're Here Because We're Here a lot, but Weather Systems absolutely blew me away!

As an album, Weather Systems is soaring and atmospheric in sound. Yet, most of the songs seem to build and build into a great climax. The songs on the album flow together very well to give the album the feel of a complete work of art. This isn't really an album where I will be able to pick out my favorite songs and talk about them individually, this album is meant to be listened to straight through from beginning to end. Musically, Weather Systems has many layers of instrumentation, creating a real depth to the music. Both Vincent Cavanagh and Lee Douglas deliver incredibly beautiful vocal performances throughout the album.

I read a few negative reviews on here that complained that the songs were too boring or too pop-oriented, which to me seem to be complaints that are at odds with each other. I'll concede that the songs on Weather Systems tend not to have big catchy choruses and strong hooks. If that is what you're looking for, then yes, maybe you might consider the music to be boring. Weather Systems is more about immersing yourself in the mood that music creates rather than giving you something to sing along to or nod your head to. As for the complaint about sounding too poppy, I do not get that at all. Perhaps the album is "poppy" in that it is very well produced and sounds crystal clear. However, the main component of pop music is the strong hook, which as I stated before is absent from this album.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
some creative artistry here.
Published 3 months ago by Tim Winters
5.0 out of 5 stars No ordinary album – this is an emotionally gripping music experience
NOTE: The review below was originally published at Suite101 in 2012 and has been republished here by the author. Read more
Published 3 months ago by ViolettePen
5.0 out of 5 stars Can listen from start to finish
I learned about them thanks to HIM touring with them. And for that I am forever grateful for the reason
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Classic
Some say it is their best, even the band does. I have to rate it as good as A Natural Disaster at least, which is my favorite by them.
Published 7 months ago by Sparky
5.0 out of 5 stars Easily one of the greatest, most powerful modern records of our time!
I’m a huge fan of progressive rock and have always adored albums that feel like one continuous track. Read more
Published 10 months ago by The Captain
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotionally, visually, and sonically great album
Most excellent album. I haven't listened to Anathema since the early days... and frankly I didn't care for it. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Timothy Rupright
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoying this one a lot!
Wouldn't give it album of the year but it's close! I hesitated to purchase this but have really enjoyed the tracks, they have grown on me a lot and this is a solid band with great... Read more
Published 13 months ago by A. Lowell
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow Anathema great artist and put on a great show
Good cd, It's different from their older albums but great concert last night in at the Gramercy theater in NYC
Published 13 months ago by Ricardo
5.0 out of 5 stars Anathema - Keeps Getting Better
Anathema are a band that continue to put out some of the best progressive rock being delivered by anyone today. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Steven Sly
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
This is, simply put, a beautiful album. At times it sounds to me like something Steven Wilson would have done. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Tim Akin
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