Anathema - _A Natural Disaster_
(Music for Nations, 2003)
by: Pedro Azevedo (8 out of 10)
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 musical relevance.


(article published 30/1/2004)

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