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Alternative 4 Original recording remastered, Extra tracks

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  • Audio CD (May 11, 2004)
  • Rmst Dig ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Peaceville
  • ASIN: B00013VHI0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,892 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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A great album of simultaneously uplifting and depressing darkwave / metal / noir. Come home from work on a Friday, pour a drink, put this on, and listen. Anathema are masters and this is an early example.
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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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Like most musical labels, 'doom' is pretty elastic, meaning different things to different folks: mostly it's a term used to describe heavy, sludgy, Sabbath-influenced rock (but wait, isn't that "stoner rock"? One sentence in, and already I'M confused.)So when I make the claim that England's Anathema are the best doom band ever, I expect some snickering and even the odd hurled beer bottle. Fair enough; my description of doom-metal is based on the emotional effect of the music rather than D-tuned anthems to sticky green buds and/or the demon Pazuzu. Anathema have cornered a specific sound that's unlikely to please metal fans to begin with, as there's none of the gothic-biker sound generally associated with the genre. (Fu Manchu this ain't.) The vibe here is wintry, austere, bleak and very very English: bare trees, gray skies, miles of ice and snow bereft of a single footprint, and lyrics that wrap their arms around feelings of loss, regret, roads not taken, chances blown, ghosts of memory. Powerfully depressing stuff, all of it married to spare melodies of heartbreaking beauty that cling to your subconscious for weeks and months afterward. Although Anathema began as a more-or-less death-metal band with SERENADES, with each succeeding release they've shown the courage and vision to humanize their vocals (no cookie-monster nonsense here, thank Christ) and pare the arrangements down to a haunting and tremendously effective simplicity. For this they've earned the scorn of some of their old fans -a lot of em can't stand this album, nor its predecessor- but sometimes, you've got to risk your public's wrath if you intend on getting where you want to go.Read more ›
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