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on 21 March 2000
After the mighty and powerful Draconian times the boys from Halifax, stunned fans by moving further away from their death metal roots. This CD was easily my album of the year excellently creating a gloomy atmosphere to almost poetic lyrics. Highlights have to be say just words, Blood of another, and Disappear but in such a fine album its really difficult to pick a winner, and there are certainly no losers. Not an album to liven up a party or help the manically depressed, but for me just great music to relax to and consider life.
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on 17 November 2006
First saw Paradise Lost supporting a little known grindcore band called Cerebral Fix at the Barrel Organ in Birmingham in 1988. They followed a less than impressive debut LP with Gothic, Shades Of God, Icon and Draconian Times. Most fans tend to argue about which of these four is their best. For me it's their 6th CD, One Second. Some said at the time that it was a "departure" but for me it was an absolute classic particularly on the title track and their finest ever track - Say Just Words. Maybe it was a little more upbeat than their previous efforts but it just blew me away. The PL history goes a bit shaky after this, one record company after another and no real idea which direction to take. Needless to say, their latest CD - Paradiselost is a marked return to their halcyon days - Saw them live in Birmingham 18 years after their first performance, this time supporting Opeth. PL were phenomenal and closed a great set with an incredible rendition of Say Just Words. One Second is the place to start with Paradise Lost in my mind but all of their CD's are worthy of 5 stars that's for sure - Pioneers of British Goth Metal, long may they continue.
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on 20 September 2000
This album was the start of Paradise Lost moving completely away from their 'roots' and daring to do something so completely different that they lost most of their fans. Not as electronic as the follow-up 'Host', this is full of incredibly classy goth-rock, and every song is a gem, if more than a little depressing. A classic. They never seem to run out of ideas, and I hope that they carry on to evolve.
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on 27 August 2001
One of the best goth metal albums to grace the world. Every some is simply stunning thats the only way to describe such a deeply emotional triumph! Paradise Lost prove they are the band to beat jumping ahead of other goth metal outfits such as Type O Negative (who are amazing to!) One second can only be given one title amazing! simply amazing!
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on 7 June 2012
After the almost stadium metal stylings of the seminal Draconian Times, PL returned with even more of a departure from their doom origins. As is always true of hindsight, time has been more gentle to this than the reviews on its release. Some saw it as selling out, others balked at the distance from the metal scene, while many felt that they had become redundant amidst the current musical climate, that would soon focus more on the extreme part of the spectrum of metal, mixed with pop nous that was to become the Nu metal scene. But taken out of context and as an album on its own, One Second is a complete triumph.

It uses all the hook-laden qualities from Draconian Times and adds the element of electronica, essentially making it a gothic/pop/rock album. The title track itself is evidence of how well this new element could be worked. It was immediate, catchy, heavy and tuneful, with a dark edge. 'Say Just Words' was a powering single which down-played the guitars for a driving rhythm. Only 'Lydia' showed remnants of their heavy past. But how well it did show it! It is by far one of the best tracks on the album, together with the title track and the sublimely un-heavy 'Disappear'. And that is why the album as a whole is so surprising. It has many disparate elements that become a coherent and consistent collection.

Many see it as the start of a string of bad albums from PL. I see it as the next step on a very exciting road of experimentation and innovation that was actually to produce some excellent tracks and real creative sensitivity. A more radical change was just around the corner.
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on 12 March 2003
A far cry from their earlier albums, yet "One Second" is possibly one of Paradise Lost's best albums to date. Containing a powerful mixture of Goth rock tracks such as "Say Just Words" and "Blood of Another" combined with the more moody "Another Day" and the title track "One Second", this album is a demonstration of Paradise Lost's amazing ability to explore and produce several different strands of rock music-and explore them well and with feeling! Whether you know Paradise Lost or not, this is a must for any rock fan!
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on 23 March 2015
Beautiful artwork, great sound, excellent acquisition.
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on 28 April 2006
Gone are the days when they did it to look cool or indulge in the gothic rock which inspired them. Now they're serious about being big.

More accessible, or commercial if you're being critical, this is lighter, catchy recrds intended to stay in the head. Maybe I'm putting them down - Icon was a great record, and the darker sound has gone. There are some good tracks on this - One Second and Say Just Words, and the delicate Take Me Down is the sort of thing musicians aspire to.

But this ain't the rock previous records got us used to. Blood of Another is pop, so is Sane. The band have done well, but they alienated fans in the process. Somehow I think they'll bring in new ones too.
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on 2 March 2015
Excellent
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on 4 March 2003
A far cry from many of their earlier albums, yet "One Second" is possibly one of Paradise Lost's best albums to date. Containing a powerful mixture of Goth rock tracks such as "Say Just Words" and "Blood of Another" combined with the more moody "One Second" and "Another Day", this album demonstrates Paradise Lost's amazing ability to explore and produce several different styles of rock music. Whether you know Paradise Lost or not, this is a must for any rock fan!
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