15. Anathema – Universal
‘Universal’ was the first time I’d heard Anathema. Though they had been on my list of things to listen to for a while I never got round to it until just after they released this live album and DVD. Though live albums, compilations generally wouldn’t be in ‘Albums of the Year’ I take this as an exception… also because my rule doesn’t include live albums so hey ho! It’s a long piece of music and is a great example of the influence progressive music has on people, people who don’t have English as their first language, and how it’s interpreted live. It also is a slightly ‘lighter’ album in terms of music, not overtly distorted and amazingly beautiful, whilst the orchestra who accompany the band add an extra element that makes this 2+ hour release absolutely gorgeous. They opened my eyes to the lighter and prettier side of music and like most of the acts I’ll talk about this year, incredibly understated.
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