Thursday, June 17, 2010

Album Review



As I mentioned before; Anathema's 'We're Here Because We're Here' is my most anticipated album in a long time... so does it live up to the hype?

YES.

This is not just music. This is a spiritual experience. It brought me to tears with its beauty on 3 different occasions and had me on the brink three times more. After only one listen (which is unheard of for me), I am placing it above every other album in my 400+ album collection, with a bullet.

Just as my former number one album Pain of Salvation's 'Remedy Lane' defined me as a person during the last phase of my life, this one will define me for the remainder of my life. It sums up everything that I believe to be true, and the infinite power of unconditional love and seeing God in the eyes of another. I suspect that for someone accustomed to pop music or mainstream stuff with repetitive song structures and the like it would take a good 10 or so listens of this for it to reveal itself fully to you. Read these words to the final song 'Hindsight' and you will understand why I cried like a newborn.

Hindsight

Intangible. Eternal. Without beginning nor end. The nameless, formless energy that permeates all living things. That sweeps through nature like a ripple in an ocean, sending cascades of timeless wonder through the air, on the song of a bird, the freshness of the morning air. A clear calling for our inner nature to awaken beyond our every day lives, and fears. Love is timeless, love is purity. It is the lightless light, the rays of the sunrise dancing on the surface of the sea. Love is you, and love is me. It is the deepest knowing, the serenity of being, the laughter of the earth, the limitless breath of the wind, the wonder of potential, the power of thought, the gift of life, the highest vibration, the most profound awareness... the knower. Life. Love. Infinite. Within you. Now. Always.

For it is in love's gentle embrace that we come to know the space between us. A feeling deep within that not all is what it seems. that we bear witness to a magic as deep as our own, to a summernight horizon that whispers "welcome" to your soul. And in those fleeting, trembling moments that we share between the worlds, it is enough for us to know that in each other we must care, for alive and not alone are we the children of the world, here to witness time and the unfolding miracle of the soul.

There is no difficulty that enough love will not conquer. There is no disease that enough love cannot heal, No door that enough love will not open, No gulf that enough love will not bridge, and no war that enough love will not throw down. It makes no difference how deeply seated may be the trouble, how hopeless the outcome, how muddled the tangle, how great the mistake. A sufficient realization of love will dissolve it all. And if you could love enough, you would be the happiest and most powerful person in the world."

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