Anathema - A Sort Of Homecoming (KScope/Tombowler)

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Release Date: 
6 Nov 2015 - 12:30am

I'm rather fond of Anathema but I must confess that I had a lot of difficulty in penetrating A Sort Of Homecoming - not that it's musically deficient in any way, shape or form. It's just that it is so maudlin and achingly painful. Opener The Lost Song Part 2 just drips with loss and sadness - I suspect that I don't enjoy the feelings that it invokes in me when I give myself over to it.

It's a big album though with 15 tracks, and despite my preference for Anathema's beefier, electrified tunes, there's a lot to enjoy if you're a fan of acoustic sets, especially when you really put your ear into it and listen to the skill with which this album is executed. After the first three tracks of deep yearning, Thin Air has a rather more up-beat feel - and yet it still pulls at the heart-strings like a passive-aggressive life partner. Oh! It fucking hurts! Why must you make me feel so guilty and insubstantial? I want to be a better person, I do! I really do...

Lee Douglas and Vince Cavanagh always hit the spot with their complimentary weaving vocal styles and this is shown off to full effect on Dreaming Light - I just hope that tissues were available to all members of the audience. About mid-way through you get a bit of piano-based tunage with Anathema and Ariel just to make sure that if your face wasn't already wet with the tears of your own self-loathing then it sure as will be after those couple of tracks.

Oh God - why have you foresaken me? It's an album that invokes too much self-reflective pain for me to really enjoy. If you need an album to act as the sound-track to your next relationship break-down, this really is the one. Just stick it on and bawl your eyes out...