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Distant Satellites [VINYL]

Anathema Vinyl
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 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 (10 Jun 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Kscope
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 121,082 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Be Flexible 21 Jun 2014
Format:Audio CD
Perhaps it is because I have been listening to Anathema for the last 2 years, the slight change in musical direction (and come on it is slight) doesn't jar with me as it does with others. A band needs to evolve/experiment otherwise surely there would be no challenge or satisfaction to the band. Also, It can lead to greater results in the long run. Yes, Weather Systems is brilliant, but do we really want to listen to a re-hashed version of it? Let's move on! There are tracks on Distant Satellites that sound similar to WS so fine enjoy those to bring back the stirring emotions you had before. But be flexible with the more "modern" tracks because at their heart they are pure Anathema. For me, there is not a track on here that is sub standard and I welcome being able to listen to something different.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars They've Done Better 1 July 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I agree with Martyn Hewitt's review. This album starts out as a good continuation from their previous album Weather Systems. Unfortunately the last four or five tracks dissolve into a huge disappointment. Anathema has developed a style to take you on a journey so well executed on Weather Systems, We're Here Because We're Here and others. The haunting vocals of Lee Douglas appear briefly in the first few tracks and then she disappears. The music is generally mushy, gone is the musical crispness of previous albums. Anathema is a tight band with good musicians but this album overplays orchestral strings, there is but one major lead guitar solo on the whole album and the venture into computerised noise, rhythm in the last few tracks is honestly below the standards they should be setting.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This journey will need time 11 Jun 2014
By Adimus
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Why do people always rush to brandish a new album as a masterpiece, surely they've learned by now that the best albums are the ones that take time to explore and months later you're still hearing new things. This album I suspect will be much the same.

I'm a long term fan of Anathema, musically I've grown in parallel with this band. I love their music and I love that fact that their music nearly always takes time to sink in and take hold.

Every time I hear a new release by Anathema it feels like they've moved in a slightly different direction. It usually jars at first before finally getting under my skin and ending up being my favourite album for some considerable time. Whether Distant Satellites will or not, I guess I'll have to be patient and wait to find out. Even Weather Systems took time for me to fully appreciate.

As for the Christina (three stars), I fully agree with you that people have been either very quick to praise or brand it boring (how you can say that within 24 hours of an album's release bemuses me). It is however a bit patronising to suggest that the people who loved the previous album were new to Anathema, and I fully disagree that it sounded as though We're here... was a B-sides album.

I'll leave the detailed descriptions of the album to others, personally I believe people should listen and make up their own minds, we all hear albums slightly differently. What I will say is that this does strike me as another grower which requires you to invest time in order to get the most from it. Some of the earlier tracks are of a similar style to Weather Systems (i.e. Ariel with it duet) however the more digital production on the latter tracks leads the listener somewhere new.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A story of two halves 12 Jun 2014
Format:Audio CD
The first six tracks on this album continue where Weather Systems left off. The vocals are very dramatic and each song reaches a crescendo with both Vincent Cavanagh and Lee Douglas complimenting each other superbly. Highlights, in this respect, are 'Lost Song Part 1' and 'Ariel'.There is a greater emphasis on the acoustic piano (always a million times better that a electric one) and orchestral arrangements, both helping to build an album developing into one of intense beauty, with real feeling. Only the track 'Anathema' sees Danny Cavanagh unleashing a guitar solo.Then it all goes horribly wrong with the awful 'Your Not Alone' which destroys all before with its techno/ambient beat that is both self-indulgent and frankly not very good. 'Firelight' rescues the album momentarily with its church-organ inspired intro to the title track 'Distant Satellites'. Now, I have to say at this point this track just about survives the techno treatment but the album-closer 'Take Shelter' is ruined by it and only recovers when the band discover that they have a drummer and the track picks up more conventionally towards the end. Also, Lee Douglas is conspicuous by her absence in the second half of the album. In many respects, there is more of a post OK Computer Radiohead influence working here but I would not like to see Anathema take such a sharp change of direction in pursuit of some needless experimentation that could alienate their growing and appreciative fan base whilst attempting to broaden their appeal. If you like techno/ambient, you probably won't like Anathema so don't buy it. If, like me, you love Anathema buy it, enjoy the first half and see if you can get to grips with the rest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars its a strong one 16 Jun 2014
By sean paul mccann VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
This is a brilliant album from a brilliant band. I have knocked a point off as there are 2 tracks that havent agreed with me yet but perhaps in time they will. As for the rest this is punchy, beautiful, hopeful , poignant stuff that only anathema could make. Its a real treat and i will see them for the first time in september and i know i will have a lump in my throat,
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Still one of my favourite bands. Great Album just can't stop playing it!!
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Excellent as usual, even though the previous album was better
Published 1 month ago by Francesco Scarci
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm not disappointed, only disappointed with one track
After hearing a couple of tracks on a free magazine cd and being suitably impressed decided to get the album, I'm not disappointed, only disappointed with one track, You're Not... Read more
Published 1 month ago by S. Gibson
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
I think it was meant to be a double cd/dvd but I only received the cd.
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The band goes from strength to strength, The tracks are more on the experimental, progressive side, yet they still retain their unique signature that this band have forged out for... Read more
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Hard to believe this lot from Liverpool were once a death/doom metal band. This is a long way from that, perhaps more comparable with Mike Oldfield's albums with Maggie Reilly as... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mark Haynes
3.0 out of 5 stars Best to treat as a mini album
Having followed Anathema's development for a while it was always going to be interesting to see how they followed up the last two stunning albums which generated much deserved... Read more
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