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We're Here Because We're Here

4.6 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews

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Audio CD, June 7, 2011
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Anathema's We're Here Because We're Here featuring three bonus tracks.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Thin Air
  2. Summer Night Horizon
  3. Dreaming Light
  4. Everything
  5. Angels Walk Among Us
  6. Presence
  7. A Simple Mistake
  8. Get Off Get Out
  9. Universal
  10. Hindsight
  11. Angels Walk Among Us (Demo Mix bonus track)
  12. Presence (Demo Mix bonus track)
  13. A Simple Mistake (Demo Mix bonus track)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 7, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: The End Records
  • ASIN: B004WOXM3M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,727 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This disc takes a few listens. Even for the seasoned Anathema fan like myself. Really like most of their stuff and really thought they ended on a high note with 'A Natural Disaster' which had some incredible moments. I was glad to know they had been working on something new after 'Hindsight', and god knows they took their time. But this disc really is a journey unto itself.

This release is years beyond that one (Natural Disaster). It sounds incredible! Excellently Produced (finally). The brothers producing and Steven Wilson mixing was definitely what this band needed after some not so well produced efforts of past releases. The excellent Vocals on this make it soothing. The female interaction is well done and not overdone. Just listening to tracks like 'Angels Walk Among Us' and 'Dreaming Light' are made whole by the vocal. Very well done. Vincent has come a long long way. Hard to believe this is the same 'Doom' metal band with the harsh vocals years ago. Night and day.

Also, the CD title is brilliant. Fitting. Makes total sense. We are here Because we are Here. No rhyme or reason. It is what we make of the experience. How we live this life and experience it.

It has a good flow to it, it does not bore the listener and is really easy to 'hear' but not to describe. Its best listened to in its entirety. It does have that feel. Its music is so haunting but has almost glimpses of sunlight throughout. Its uneasy but that is what makes you come back for more. It gets better and better the more you hear it. One of the best cd's I have ever experienced, not just heard. And I have been listening to all types of music for 35 years. It is so good you begin to get lost in it when you listen after a while. Its a brilliant, complete work.
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I first caught on to Anathema back when they decided to move from death/goth metal into something resembling a prog-meets-Pink Floyd sound, first found on the "Alternative 4" album. Real good, but then came the excellent "Judgement", which many fans still feel is their true 'masterpiece'. "A fine day to exit" was also very fine, but then came "A natural disaster", which, aptly named, signalled my end of interest in the band for awhile, as it did with many fans. The "Hindsight" album doesn't count as a real studio album, so this new one is the first we've really heard from these guys in about eight years, and was well worth the wait. Trading in almost all vestiges of their gothic/metal past, these new songs echo everybody from latter-day Floyd to Coldplay, and while still being able to rock out in many places, this is a pretty quiet listen at times - very melodic, well-structured proggish rock, replete with piano, lush strings and female voices, that should finally bring some real notice to these guys. If you liked "A fine day to exit", you should find this to be an exemplary and "true" follow-up to that excellent album. The fact that it was mixed by Porcupine Tree's chief Steven Wilson also doesn't hurt a bit!!

P.S. Too bad that in this time of rampant illegal music downloading, this band (and album) is still a victim of the old-school "high-priced import" mentality. Charging nearly $20 for a CD is not the best way to introduce this great album to the American public, who are already in desperate need of discovering truly 'great' new music for a change!!
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I was only vaguely familiar with Anathema before purchasing this album; I gather they were once a "doom metal" band, but certainly aren't now. This album is quite mellow and melancholy - not "metal" at all. The musicianship is superb, without being flashy; the vocals (male and female) are accessible and well suited to the music; the songs are consistently strong. The "sound" of the album is exceptional, which is not surprising since it was mixed by Steven Wilson (Porcupine tree), but I think this album is more melodic and has stronger songwriting than anything Porcupine Tree has done. I strongly recommend this album to fans of Porcupine Tree, Pink Floyd, Riverside, and modern "progressive" music in general.
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Upon listening, I found it immediately surprising how mellow and upbeat this album was. Sometimes, when an essential change happens (usually the lead singer "finding" God or the like), there exists some sense of disharmony in the music, as though the musical talent and innovation did not follow. In this case, the change seemed to be sparked by a major insight into life itself, and not a religious revelation: that death was not the opposite of life, not the major antagonist to life. Birth was the simple opposite, with life transcending the limits of birth and death. Death then loses its significance. Perhaps the insight is in the richness of living itself, and the will to life that underlies reality itself. I see Schopenhauer's insight and Nietzsche's embracing of it in this music, with the addition of love as perhaps the highest embracing of life. "Everything is energy, and energy is you and me". Throughout the album, you see a transformation, with a sense of unity with the insight and positive steps toward healing thanks to the insight. I'm probably reading too much into it, however the good point is that this new, upbeat sound seems to be their best, as though all of the suffering in the previous albums was leading to this end. You need to listen to yourself and decide; all I know is that this album is one of the very best I've come upon.
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