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Limited Edition Japanese pressing of this album comes housed in a miniature LP sleeve. 2007.
A Fine Day to Exit, the sixth album in 12 years from Liverpool's portentous Anathema, sees them moving away from their gothic roots and toward a strange hinterland where the dynamics and brooding passion of Radiohead's OK Computer goes hand in hand with the dark edge of the final Soundgarden records and the full-on rock power of Cradle of Filth. Vincent Cavanagh's deep, sonorous voice invites comparison with both Chris Cornell and Roger Walters, and songs like the piano-led "Pressure" and the heartfelt title track revel in a sense of isolation and grandeur. "Underworld," meanwhile, repeats the line "This feeling is over" like it's the penultimate event of the band's existence. While a little too in thrall to Radiohead in spots, this is still a powerful and moving album. --Everett True
Top Customer Reviews
I'm an old Metal fan, and I considered "Judgement" one of by biggest musical discoveries ever..
But this has absolutely NOTHING to do with their previous album, this is nothing more than a typical "british pop-rock" rock in the wave of Radiohead and stuff like that... I don't mean that it's "bad music" at all... some people could consider it a masterpiece (??)... but I simply cannot appreciate this... I like some songs like "Underground" and "temporary peace" but it's nothing compared with Judgement.
"Judgement" is not an album that a narrow-minded metal fan is supposed to like... it's a mellow, emotional, melancholic album.... it's an album that is accessible to everyone who simply likes "good music", but it has a "metal" wave in it, most open-minded metal fans could get into "Judgement"...
...but "A fine day to exit" is an album that I wouldn't recommend to most of the people, it`s like listening to a completely different band, the songwriting, the production, everything... if you like Radiohead, Oasis and "british pop" in general you could like this, but prepare to be dissapointed otherwise...
But I have to give them credit, it takes a lot of balls to keep the doom metal name without the doom metal sound. Anathema has changed a lot in the past couple years, in fact, the only thing that might remain the same is the band name. And it might be for this reason that radio stations and MTV refuse to play their singles (MTV recently rejected a video single for "Pressure", the first song on this disc for apparently no reason). Too bad for them.
I've had this album for quite some time now, and it still somehow manages to get constant rotation in my CD player. This, and their other albums Judgement and Alternative 4. My advice is to pick this album up. If you like it, get Judgement and Alternative 4 as well as some Radiohead and Pink Floyd albums, since they share some similarities. This album is destined to be a classic the same way The Wall is today. Don't miss out on such a great band. MTV already has, there's no reason you should.
Most recent customer reviews
This album, with its ethereal and extremely emotional swells, most notably in the song "Temporary Peace" where it is sung "there's so many many thoughts when I try to go to sleep... Read morePublished on June 23 2004 by Buddy Chaucer
As I was reading a review for this cd in a magazine, the person who reviewed it called it; New Doom Cd by Liverpool's Anathema. Read morePublished on Nov. 27 2003 by NineYearsLater19
I read a review in a magazine about Anathema, and it caught my attention because it mentioned how the were influenced by Radiohead, one of my favorite bands. Read morePublished on Oct. 29 2003 by heavymetalmachine19
This could be the most underrated album of all time. Then again what should one expect when a second rate band releases such a masterpiece which should be up there with Radiohead's... Read morePublished on Oct. 6 2003 by rolly
ive read all of the reviews of this album and thought id add my two cents. first off i have been an anathema fan since eternity. Read morePublished on May 5 2003
I read the editorial review and wonder if the reviewer has ever actually listened to this album. Apart from Les Smith having a short stint with COF, the Cradle of FIlth reference... Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2003 by Joe Awesome
....to whatever inside my head convinced me to buy this cd. for months i would pass this album wondering if i should try it(not having heard anything by this band previously). Read morePublished on Nov. 17 2002