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Nighttime Birds

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Product details

  • Audio CD (30 July 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Century Media
  • ASIN: B000AAVETG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. On Most Surfaces
  2. Confusion
  3. The May Song
  4. The Earth Is My Witness
  5. New Moon Different Day
  6. Third Chance
  7. Kevin's Telescope
  8. Nighttime Birds
  9. Shrink

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When an album has one song that stands out so far from the others that it transforms the feel of the songs that come after it, you know it's a special song. I'm talking about 'Third Chance', from The Gathering's 'Nighttime Birds'. I'm not saying that this is the best song by The Gathering, or even that it's the best song on the record, but it's a dose of pure joy for me and can snap me out of depression in an instant. The fact is, though, that it doesn't really fit on 'Nighttime Birds' - it's an utterly different kind of song.

This album for the most part trades in the sandstone and desert wind doom of 'Mandylion' for a more relaxed, atmospheric adventure. The pace is slow, the heaviness minimal, and most of the emotional intensity comes from Anneke van Giersbergen, not that the instrumentalists are lazy or their performances lacking. The guitars sweep and hang, with a lot of piercing high end that sounds like bird calls coming across the sea; the keyboards build an atmosphere of magic and airy lightness; the bass wanders thoughtfully in the shade of the guitars; the drums are calm and sage-like, never saying more than they need to. If it helps you picture the prevailing sound on this album, it's saved in my Itunes with a genre tag of "progressive rock". It's got that kind of feeling: diverse, explorative, gradual.

The opener 'On Most Surfaces' is probably the best song on here, with its piercing, soaring guitar motif, chugging momentum, and a climactic chorus. It's the sonic equivalent of the cover image, with a single tree in a field of untouched snow, which the band explore with all the spacious wonder of wise children adrift and alone in winter.
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The Gathering are a band not content to rest on their laurels. Nowadays they produce a sound labelled 'trip-rock', some distance from the metal music with which they began. Nighttime Birds is the second album with female vocalist Anneke and, like its predecessor Mandylion, will impress anyone with a taste for loud guitar music and intelligent lyrics.
I first heard them in 1998. I was working with a blonde Viking over XMAS and my ears suddenly pricked-up when I heard 'Third Chance', a truly glorious song [track 6]. Most of what's on this album is of comparable quality and it is refreshing to hear a metallish band with a singer who really can sing and not about cartoonish concepts. I strongly recommend this album and also both its predecessor and successor - the conceptual How To Measure A Planet.
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This is the best Gathering album, in my opinion and one of my favourite albums of all time. Beautiful, tastefully simple melodies, meditative rhythms and atmospheric songs are features of the Gathering's style.
The band uses these elements to create songs that are often long without sounding indulgent and show a full spectrum of human emotions, from joy, anger, sorrow, and the rest.
This album features an eclectic mix of fast (Third Chance) and slow (Nighttime Birds), light (The May Song) and heavy (On Most Surfaces) songs, all of which are excellent.
If you buy any album from this band, let it be this one.
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Mandylion was my first Gathering CD, which is fantastic. Nighttime Birds was a little disappointing in that it is a bit slower and some of the lyrics aren't as good. The music and singing are both top notch, it was just the pace of the songs I found a bit hard to listen to. I would give it 3 1/2 stars.
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Another little gem of an album from The Gathering. Their best in my opinion was Home or Mandylion, but this is also quality Melodic Doom Metal
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