Album Review: Anathema – “The Optimist”

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The coordinates tell you where you need to go, and what you need to know.  There’s an abandoned car at the beach, a radio tuned to 2001 and A Fine Day to Exit, the flag in the ground for where Anathema would begin their journey into the unknown world of dark, contemporary music: beholden to no-one but themselves and the vision for what the band could be.  Sixteen years and four albums later the Anathema show no signs of giving up the ghost, continuing to explore an emotional tapestry of life on their newest album The Optimist.  It’s a beautiful, focused effort that channels a darkness and ultimate catharsis through mood, melody, and a adept touch with with electronics.   Continue reading