The Gathering
Disclosure


4.0
excellent

Review

by johnny of the Well USER (37 Reviews)
September 23rd, 2012 | 16 replies | 2,160 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Tranquility reigns

6 of 6 thought this review was well written

I first heard Disclosure in possibly the ideal circumstances; I was unfamiliar with the band's back catalogue, so it was impossible for me to subconciously weigh this up against their past works, or to compare Silje Wergeland to Anneke van Giersbergen. All I could do was listen to Disclosure as a standalone album on its own terms rather than as a piece of a larger whole. This worked fine for me, as I had absolutely no expectations for it.

The opener Paper Waves presents the album perfectly, with its gentle guitar strumming, calm atmosphere and Silje's angelic vocals. The soothing effect created by the combination of a simple, mesmerizing rhythm section and synths that are used subtly and yet are still vital to the song as a whole quickly draws the listener into a relaxed state of mind that never lets up throughout the album. The slightly distorted guitar licks towards the end highlight another aspect of the album; it never really rocks out. Instead, all of the louder guitar parts are there to support the atmosphere of the song, rather than to make it heavier. The only exeception to this is the brief section in the middle of lead single Meltdown, which adds a gritty, driving element to the song.

However, on the whole Disclosure is a gentle album that relies on subtle dynamics and a powerful blend of instruments that compliments Silje's voice as a whole. The resounding Gemini I is every bit as powerful as the beautifully soft Paralyzed, showing that although every song on the album has more or less the same effect on the listener (i.e. tranquility), The Gathering manage to achieve this effect on the listener in a variety of ways, keeping the album both interesting and cohesive. Disclosure is also consistant in terms of quality; it is very hard to pick a standout track because every song here is excellent. The only comparatively weak track is I Can See Four Miles, which seems to be more unfocused than any other track, and builds up to a sweeping violin-driven climax, slightly reminiscent of Arcade Fire's In the Backseat, that never really hits home. Although there are no exceptionally outstanding tracks, the album's finest moment is the 10 minute Heroes for Ghosts, which is effectively a display of everything that makes the album great being performed to perfection.

The main complaint that I have with Disclosure is that it is, perhaps, a little too focused on the hypnotically peaceful vibe created by Silje's voice and the supporting atmospheres. Although it allows the album to flow effectively, it also makes it slightly one-dimensional, with the result that it does not lend itself well to repeated listens within a short space of time. Admittedly, I can tell tell that the band did their best to avoid this with a decent variety of instrumental parts, but since the overall effect of the music remains the same, this was not enough to save it from becoming slightly dreary. I am being harsh here, because it would be unfair to only mention its positive aspects, and Disclosure remains a very pleasent experience as long as it is not listened to excessively.

So, Disclosure is a sublime experience from an experienced band. It has enough cohesion to allow the lack of variety to go unnoticed, and demostrates very clearly the difference between an exciting album and an immersive album. It takes two or three listens to really appreciate it, but once it grows on you, it will reward each listen consistently.

Pros

Beautiful vocals
Immersive atmospheres
Cohesive

Cons

Lack of standout tracks
Slightly monotonous (a side effect of the cohesion)
I Can See Four Miles isn't as good as the other tracks

Top 5

1. Heroes for Ghosts
2. Paralyzed
3. Paper Waves
4. Gemini I
5. Missing Seasons



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Comments:Add a Comment 
johnnydeking29
September 23rd 2012



8664 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not my best review, but I felt like writing it anyway

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johnnydeking29
September 23rd 2012



8664 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Am trying to get my approval back up to 95+ after my Colors review

Nagrarok
September 23rd 2012



7957 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it is, perhaps, a little too focused on the hypnotically peaceful vibe created by Silje's voice and the supporting atmospheres. Although it allows the album to flow effectively, it also makes it slightly one-dimensional


This is why it's still stuck at a 3.5 for me, for the time being. Pretty good review, might want to run an extra grammar/spelling check though, there's a couple of small errors in there:

The opener Paper Wings


*Paper Waves

The Gathering manage to acheive this effect


*achieve

johnnydeking29
September 23rd 2012



8664 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cheers, fix'd

Nagrarok
September 23rd 2012



7957 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Have a pos ;). Also, if you don't mind another pointer, try to refrain from using 'I' too much in a review. You could turn this:

If I had to pick the best song, it would have to be the 10 minute Heroes for Ghosts


Into something like

The 10-minute Heroes for Ghosts is possibly/arguably the album's best song/moment


johnnydeking29
September 23rd 2012



8664 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ah, ok. Yeah, I should try to be more impersonal. Cheers for the pos

Dreamflight
September 23rd 2012



1760 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Another awsome review dude, apparantly you can make both serious and joke reviews. :D

Couldn't agree more about the tranquillity part and Heroes for Ghosts being the best song, but I CAN SEE FOUR FUCKING MILES the weakest??? cmooon man!

Pos'd anyway ofc.

johnnydeking29
September 23rd 2012



8664 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haha, thanks man. I like ICS4M, but it just doesn't click with me as much as the others, it just feels like it meanders too much or whatever, idk
Lolyeah, I normally do serious reviews but I troll sometimes for jks (normally with an alt)

Dreamflight
September 23rd 2012



1760 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

eheh to each its own

johnnydeking29
September 23rd 2012



8664 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah bro, get it

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
September 23rd 2012



18621 Comments


Good review have a pos

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KILL
September 23rd 2012



67082 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

cool album

johnnydeking29
September 23rd 2012



8664 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeh

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
September 23rd 2012



4339 Comments


Yeah I enjoyed this myself. Very good album. review is boss, POS'd.

johnnydeking29
May 6th 2013



8664 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Something tells me that I'm going to end up bumping this to 4.5

Keyblade
May 6th 2013



13271 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

already did :D

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