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Monday, 26 October 2015

Anathema: Universal (2013)

If you’re one of the people who are comfortable with Anathema’s evolution from early years doom and gloomsters into the majestic Pink Floydian entity that they are today, then the live concert contained on the disc, filmed at the ancient Roman Theatre of Phillippoplis, is essential viewing.
At first I didn't think the deeply moving music would work in a live setting, but I was very, very wrong. It works. The band is joined by conductor Dave Stewart and the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra. They support but never overpower or fade; whoever set the levels did a grand job.
Everyone is on top form, but for me the most amazing moments come courtesy of Lee Douglas, whose voice is like unfiltered emotion transformed into a beautiful sound. She takes my heart from my chest, heals it, makes it better than it ever was before, and gently places it back in its proper place.

5 dreaming lights out of 5

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