Anathema - _A Natural Disaster_
(Music for Nations, 2003)
by: Pedro Azevedo (
Hardly a surprise anymore: with this new album, Anathema have again
gone softer and more mainstream than before. _A Natural Disaster_ is a
very pleasant album to chill out after a hard day's work, but it does
little to capture your attention. It features some really good tracks,
flows quite well, but falls short of the mark when it comes to
something written by such a talented band. In other words, overall it
is a more acceptable album than its predecessor, but no more than half
the return to form I had hoped for after the disappointing _A Fine Day
to Exit_. Some tracks on _A Natural Disaster_ are quite good
("Harmonium", "Balance", "Flying"); there's one track where they seem
to rekindle their old urgency but ends up sounding somewhat
contrived ("Pulled Under at 2000 Metres a Second"); and others sound
too close to certain mainstream acts for comfort ("Closer", "A Natural
Disaster"). Anathema seem to be going through a lot of inner turmoil
as to their musical direction, resulting in relatively indifferent
albums comprised of some good material and a bunch of passable tracks.
This guess may be totally off the mark, but either way they need to do
better in the future if they are ever to fully regain their huge
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