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Judgement
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 28 June 2004
Anathema are a criminally underated and often ignored band.Judgement is an album that most bands could only dream of recording.In a world of c**p pop punk,R&B,and "screamo" bands,Anathema fly the flag for 'proper' rock.Just listen to the song 'One last goodbye',it is the most heart-wrenching songs you will ever hear.Anathema,we salute you.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1999's Judgement by Anathema is another collection of big sounding rock tunes that moves them further away from their peers in terms of sound. A continuation from their previous album, Alternative 4, this album is longer and contains more ideas and textures yet maintains its ease to listen to. The use of pianos and haunting female vocals ensures that older fans of the band find something new to get their teeth into.
The hooks and dynamics ensure that it is never tedious, and that something new catches the ear on every listen.
It is a grand record on every scale. It manages to work on almost every level.
The only dissapointment is on the title track itself. The constant build up at the end of the song would lend itself to a truly awe inspiring ending, yet they abruptly finish the song as if the stylus has been pushed of the record.
Fans of Alternative 4 or their latest album, A Fine Day to Exit will not be dissapointed, neither will fans of such bands as Radiohead and Pink Floyd. This album adds to their metal sound with more warmth and an epicness that has genre crossing appeal
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 15 August 2008
This excellent album supported me during a very hard time and brought me back to my feet. This highly emotional album touched every string in my body and therefore counts for me as one of the best albums...of all times!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 August 2008
A fantastic album by a fantastic band. After listening to this album you really have to wonder at a music industry which publicises absolute rubbish while ignoring this absolute gem. Don't worry about their early "thrash" work (unless you like that kind of thing), but have a listen to Judgement. Anyone who likes a good rock tune played well will enjoy this album. These guys are good musicians (and give a superb live performance if you get the chance) and write very good songs. If you like Judgement, move onto their later work which is also great in my opinion. This album should be in the rock hall of fame - it's far better than some of the so-called "classics".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 August 2004
Having owned judgement for a few years now,i found that it had become a little scratched(due to my lack of care with cd's) so i decided to buy 1 off of here.
Anathema are the best band i have come across,judgment is my favourite album,followed closesly by "serenades" and "eternity".
They reveal the true essence of good "rock" music,emotive lyrics,powerful vocals and brilliant melodies make this one of the most inspirational bands of this time.
A brillian album from a brillian band.
If you want this album,be sure to buy "Eternity" with it,you will not be dissapointed.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 14 October 2003
Judgement is another amazing step in the musical evolution of Anathema. Distancing themselves even further from the Doom-metal that they produced in their early days, Judgement is more akin to Pink Floyd than the likes of My Dying Bride. The album is heavy in places but always tuneful yet fragile and incredibly beautiful. Anathema bring out quieter passages and instrumentals like never before - a side of them hinted at on their previous album, Eternity. Like all the best albums, it takes a few listens to get into - but lurking beneath the surface is a highly intelligent progressive rock/metal album that challenges all of your expectations with every one of its 12 tracks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 29 August 2010
This is the Dark Side of The Moon, Sgt Pepper, Piper at the Gates of Anathemas career. It is by far their very best effort and puts all their other recordings in the shade. Think Dave Gilmour and Shine on you crazy Diamond. Classic moody, guitar driven Proggy rock. The vocals here arent as dreary as other Anathema outings. So if you only get one Anathema cd, get this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 30 June 2012
Having only recently discovered Anathema I have been working my way backwards expecting not to like the early ones. So far though every one a gem. This is again superb with some terrific guitar playing. What a great band.
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on 20 September 2000
Like Paradise Lost, Anathema have been accused of betraying their fans by changing direction and doing something different. While PL went all Depeche Mode with the excellent 'Host', Anathema decided to embark on something resembling Pink Floyd gone goth. This album is utterly absorbing and full of very well written (and incredibly depressing in places) gothic rock. Yes, it is a little Floydian in places, and towards the end of the album the quality of songs dips slightly, but in all this album is completely engrossing, if not quite a classic.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 28 June 2009
...or maybe listen to it?

This is a very emotionally strong album. It gives shivers down my spine everytime i listen to certain tracks, its lyrics are touching and feel very real. Melody-wise is as strong and generally its so nice that it makes me sad.

Tracks like -One Last Goodbye- (written for their mother's death) can ruin your day.

Gorgeous album, an apocalypse for me as i found their previous CD (alternative 4) simply good..
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