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Tuned In: Album Reviews

The high and low notes that have landed on our desk this week

Written by . Published on October 12th 2011.

Tuned In: Album Reviews

Anathema – Falling Deeper – 24 October via Kscope
After being awarded Classic Rock’s Progressive Album of the Year in 2010 for their album We’re Here Because We’re Here, much anticipation has been paid for their upcoming album Falling Deeper. Having formed in Liverpool in 1990, the band’s forever evolving sound, of haunting melodies through experimentation with orchestral and rock textures, comes at you again with a new angle.

In 2008, their debut album, Hindsight, was the start of Anathema’s announcement of a whole new genre of music entirely. Falling Deeper is no exception. The album features piercingly beautiful vocals from Anneke van Giersbergen on ‘Everwake’, taking the album to a more poignant dimension. The album producer explains that Falling Deeper is “a nod to our past and a look to our future all at the same time, with a sound that is designed to transport you to the heart of the present moment.”

The album is definitely atmospheric; ‘feedback’ lead guitars feature heavily as well as beautiful passages of violin notes over soothing melodies on ‘Crestfallen’, ‘Kingdom’, and ‘Sunset of Age’, almost grabbing you by the ears and taking you in to the haunting realms of Anathema’s world. 


Ane Brun – It All Starts With One – October 24 – Balloon Ranger Records.
On the back of a tour with Peter Gabriel and Anne DiFranco, Ane Brun has been keeping her fans on tender hooks after a three year wait from her last album Changing of the Seasons. It All Starts With One sees a step in a new direction vocally and musically. “I've moved into new territories because it's been 3 years since my last album, and lots of music has passed through me since then. I've tried new directions on stage and singing with other artists. I've been inspired to break my musical boundaries. I've wanted to take risks to get to new places,” says Brun.


Coldplay – Mylo Xyloto – October 24 –  LP5
Coldplay need no introduction, but the question on everyone’s lips is ‘is this album different to their previous four?’ Well that’s up for you to decide. Frontman Chris Martin said recently, ‘It's about love, addiction, OCD, escape and working for someone you don't like.’ Be sure to look out for ‘Princes of China’ and ‘Every Teardrop is a Waterfall.’


photo credit: Kate Berry

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