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Release date: 11 August 1998
Style: Atmospheric rock, Doom metal


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01. Shroud Of False
02. Fragile Dreams
03. Empty
04. Lost Control
05. Re-connect
06. Inner Silence
07. Alternative 4
08. Regret
09. Feel
10. Destiny
11. The Silent Enigma [bonus]
12. Your Possible Pasts [Pink Floyd cover] [2004 re-release bonus]
13. One Of The Few [Pink Floyd cover] [2004 re-release bonus]
14. Better Off Dead [Bad Religion cover] [2004 re-release bonus]
15. Goodbye Cruel World [Pink Floyd cover] [2004 re-release bonus]

Top 20 albums of 1998: 2
Top 200 albums of all time: 40

Lyrics (10)

Vincent Cavanagh - vocals, guitars
Daniel "Danny" Cavanagh - guitars, piano, keyboards
Duncan Patterson - bass, piano, keyboards
John Douglas - drums

Session musicians
George Ricci - violin
Andy Duncan - drum loops programming on "Empty"

Additional info
Recorded at the Windings in January/February '98.
Produced by Kit Woolven.
Assistant engineer - Simon Dawson.
Mixed at Parkgate by Kit Woolven.
Assisted by Doug Cook.

Front cover artwork by Tim Spear.
Cover concept by Duncan Patterson.
Band photography by Lili Wilde.

Mastered at Transfermation by Noel Summerville.
All tracks published by Vile Music.
Piano and keyboards played by D. Cavanagh & D. Patterson.
Charming violin played by George Rucci.
Drum loops on "Empty" programmed by Andy Duncan.

* Japanese and German versions have an orchestral version of "The Silent Enigma" as a bonus track.

Japanese release date was August 25th.

Re-released by Peaceville in 2003 with the following bonus tracks:
11. Your Possible Pasts (Pink Floyd cover) (4:28)
12. One of the Few (Pink Floyd cover) (1:50)
13. Better Off Dead (Bad Religion cover) (4:21)
14. Goodbye Cruel World (Pink Floyd cover) (1:39)

These 3 last tracks are sometimes mistaken for the ones on a supposed My Dying Bride / Anathema split that does NOT exist. In fact, they are taken from the 1998 Peaceville compilation titled "Peaceville X" and are, respectively, track 1, 5 and 14.

Staff review by
Demonic Tutor

After the release of 1996's Eternity, Alternative 4 is clearly its logical successor. Far from the doom-death metal of their first albums , these talented English musicians reinforce their already high position in the doom metal sphere.

The first track - called 'Shroud of False' - is a wonderful piano intro with one of the clearest sound I've ever heard. Simply a great overture for the rest of the album. Then, 'Fragile Dreams' is an amazing doom song. This track is one of my all time Anathema's favorites. With any doubt, one of the best doom songs ever written. 'Empty' brings a supernatural melancholy to the album but incredible as it may seem, it's also one of the fastest song on Alternative 4. 'Lost Control' has a weird effect on me: I'm starting to calm down. And then, I'm thinking about life and death. This song has an incredible doom-power. Terrible sadness... Let's have a look at my favorite lyrics of the whole album:

published 26.08.2003 | Comments (9)

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AceTrooper - 28.11.2010 at 03:26  
Rating: 10 Damn!This album never gets old!
mz - 21.12.2010 at 14:21  
Rating: 9 Great album .lost control is my favorite anathema song
NocturnalStalker - 01.05.2012 at 17:46  
Rating: 8 This album marks the band leaving behind their doom metal roots and moving into the direction they reached now. Duncan Patterson, who wrote some songs on "Eternity", this time wrote more than a half of the album and Vincent debuted as a songwriter with Re-Connect. The music itself is passionate and honest and some songs are brilliant, but... some aren't as memorable. That's what stops me from giving this album a higher rating.
musicalkaratekid - 23.03.2013 at 19:57  
Rating: 8 Quite a downbeat record, but the atmosphere and instrumentation is excellent. It's the first proper album I've listened to by Anathema (The only other release I've heard were the 'Pentecost III' and 'The crestfallen EP's, which were early on in the band's career) and thus the first release that didn't have their Death/Doom sound on. 'Lost control', 'Feel' and 'Destiny' are my particular highlights.
Metropolis_Dream - 15.04.2013 at 19:41  
  I never thought that i would like any band of this genre. But i like this band and especially this album. "Empty" and "Fragile Dreams" are great.
NucloWhatEvaTHMf - 15.04.2013 at 20:19  
  My favorite album from Anathema. This is what happens when you have good set of skills, emotions and daring to try new things.
Gawain - 03.03.2014 at 17:11  
  Better than Judgement in my opinion. 'Regret' is one of the most 'complete' anathema songs, and Lost Control is great too.. my aunt loved Fragile dreams even though she doesn't listen to metal.

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