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After celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2008 with the release of their much praised live DVD/2CD “The Anatomy Of Melancholy”, as well as exclusive live shows surrounding this event with Anathema and My Dying Bride, PARADISE LOST now return with the highly anticipated follow-up to 2007’s “In Requiem”: the brand new studio album “Faith Divides Us – ... Read more in Amazon's Paradise Lost Store

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  • Audio CD (7 Jun. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Music UK
  • ASIN: B00000JON4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,516 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. So Much Is Lost
2. Nothing Sacred
3. In All Honesty
4. Harbour
5. Ordinary Days
6. Its Too Late
7. Permanent Solution
8. Behind The Grey
9. Wreck
10. Made The Same
11. Deep
12. Year Of Summer
13. Host

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Mar. 2000
Format: Audio CD
The album was launched to much debate from magazines with most in the rock community feeling that Paradise Lost had moved so far that they could no longer be considered Metal. Although I don't agree with the arguement, fans of the old Paradise Lost may be a little stunned at what sounds are contained on this CD. Gone are the death metal groans of the first four albums, gone are the guitars and shouting of Draconian Times, and gone are most of the guitar and rifts of One second, so whats left, probably their greatest and most atmospheric album ever. Written according to Holmes around the time of his fathers death, it casts a doomed look over life that really comes through in the music and lyrics. Every song is strong especially the opener, So much is lost, Behind the grey, Deep, but as atmosphere and words of meaning go the standout song of the album has to be, It's too late, which includes some female vocals that are just outstanding and set the song apart from the rest of the album. If ever an album deserved more than five stars I would award it to this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter Ellison on 2 Sept. 2005
Format: Audio CD
The first thing I will say is anyone who is interested in music of any form, must be able to appreciate other forms of music to know whether a piece is good or bad. Therefore, listen with an open mind.
I am a big fan of these boys and have been since I enjoyed their first tour with 'Lost Paradise'. Due to this, it was a bit of a shock when I heard 'Host' with its synthesized base of seemingly pop music. However, this is far from pop music. The hallmark of Paradise Lost is clear through the vocals and overall feel of the music. Also, 'Host' is a beautifully composed and arranged piece which has the effect of seducing your senses to ultimate enjoyment. In my opinion, there isn't a bad track on the album, each just as good as the next. The lyrical content is intelligent, accommpanied by music that contains a great deal of feeling which consequently makes 'Host' so compelling.
On a final note, the boys said that this was something they just wanted to do. To me it is an illustration of just how good metal musicians are when they are able to churn out the heavy stuff we all love, then use a little imagination and creativity to do something totally different.
This is Paradise Lost and unless you have tunnel vision and unable to stray from the path, you will undoubtedly enjoy 'Host'.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. O on 3 Jun. 2004
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album when it came out and more or less forgot about it. It didn't bother me that they had gone eletronic, because much of the music I listened to at time was.
still, it didn't feel like the PL I wanted. There was however some songs on it that didn't leave my head like NOTHING SACRED and SO MUCH IS LOST and ORDINARY DAYS. Depeche Mode? no..it's Paradise Lost. At the time, people who loved DM would easily say.."oh it's a Depeche mode rip off" But as that is not at all accurate..that kind of talk has died down eventually. This cd wasn't the PL album I listened a lot to, but I picked it up recently..and I was blown away. I thought it was a rather weak album...but it's so far from the truth as it could possibly be. More or less all the songs holds a very high quality. It's sad we weren't ready for this when it first came out, because this might as well be their best album ever.
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By ratmonkey on 8 Jun. 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The album prior to this, One Second, was noted for its vast shift in tone away from PL's doom and metal beginnings. Host was more than simply a shift, it was a dimension-jump. More a paradigmatic adjacent side-step into a different genre of music altogether, Host was a brave effort, albeit one that cost them dearly at the time as fans voted with their wallets. This was a shame (but one I admit to making also) as taken out of context Host is a starkly beautiful album with not one track lacking in quality. But it will demand your attention like no other PL release, with the exception of their debut. Any track taken from Host and placed next to almost any other PL track from any other album will seem out of place. This is not metal, or Goth, or Doom, or Industrial, or alternative or even rock really. Host exists in a kind of pseudo-electronica, alt-industrial space (for want of a category less vague or pretentious-sounding). It is soft, almost gentle, has little recognisable guitars, lots of synths and is almost impregnable. It took me at least 6 listens before I began to like it and at least 4 until any recognisable tunes appeared. It was a labour but a worthy one, as when it finally does click you'll notice how well structured the tracks are.

Opener and single, 'All Hope is Lost', is possibly one of the least exciting tracks, but it is one of the more faster paced. It sets the tone which is one of extreme melancholy and subdued distortion. It is digital and clean and awash with waves of sound. 'Nothing Sacred' is more of a pop tune but one with a chorus that only seems poppy after the 7th listen. I have to iterate now that this is NOT a pop record by any definition. It has some pop sensibilities but would appear extremely out of place on Radio 1.
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Paradise Lost are perhaps one of the bravest bands around. Starting off as as a doom metal band offering quality highly rated albums they took a huge risk in changing their approach, first noted on the previous album, to produce this, perhaps one of their most accomplished albums and, its fair to say a shock to the system for the die hards.

This is NOT a metal album, so, if you are looking for Draconian Times pt II, this isn't it.

I'm maybe quite different/lucky in the fact that I came across this album without any prior knowledge of PL. I'm actually a metal/rock fan but can easily listen to Johnny Cash or Neil Diamond, Beatles or Elvis. What this album is, is an atmospheric rock album featuring quite a degree of electronica. It is still extremely gothic in feel and has excellent thoughtful, often mournful lyrics. Nick Holmes vocally, sounds excellent of this album with the lyrics delivered/sung faultlessly throughout.

Many people have compared this to Depeche Mode and this may be fair but beyond the obvious electronica, the whole feel of the album is far beyond the rather patchy albums they have produced.

Highlights for me, Ordinary Day, Host and Before its too late.

Career wise, you cant pigeon hole Paradise Lost who should be commended as they have constantly pushed the boundaries and taken risks, producing excellent albums year on year which, crucially, should be listened to without any preconceived idea of how a PL album should sound.

Host is a great album, as is One Second and Draconian Times. Paradise Lost ( the album ) keeps coming back as one of my faves but equally, Symbol of Life could get that award, depending largely what frame of mind I'm in.
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