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on 10 February 2007
Since their beginnings, The Gathering have metamorphasised from a doom metal band, into an extremely beautiful and somewhat abstract pop/rock band. "Home" continues in the same vein as their previous album, "Souvenirs": stunningly beautiful female vocals, often quite abstract lyrics, catchy keyboard led music with only slightly more guitar than their last album. "Home" is something like a musical daydream, traversing miles of different lyrical and musical ground in a solely self indulgent way. The music is a little more complex than on "Souvenirs" displaying several incredibly catchy riffs which will be in your head for days, such as the one in my personal favourite song, "In Between". The band rely a little less on Anneke's incredible vocals and a little more on the music, although the vocals are still the focus of the album, with Anneke's incredible range of beautiful, soaring melodies being the high point of the album.
There are also quite a variety of songs, from the typical "these good people"-esque Gathering-isms of opener "Shortest Day", the more catchy, poppy "In Between" and "Alone", the more introspective, piano lead "Forgotten", the strange, slightly rockier "Solace" which features spoken sections in Spanish and some other language I dont speak, and a pounding militaristic beat and much softer and more stripped down songs such as "Box". There is even an "instrumental" acoustic guitar piece, with no words, although there are vocals. On the whole, it is a fantastic, very interesting and very different album. The Gathering defy genre, but can be enjoyed by anyone who loves beautiful and very talented music, with introspective lyrics and stunningly gorgeous vocals.