Gathering

Gathering

Nighttime Birds

Century Media

This must have been a tough album to write for this group. The Gathering’s previous album, Mandylion, was such a landmark achievement for this group, that a follow-up would be difficult. Although this album is not what its predecessor was, it does have its moments. At times, you can just sit back and relax on a calm day and enjoy the beauty of lead singer Anneke Van Giersbergen’s (who I secretly harbor romantic feelings for) voice, but there are a few times when it sounds like it was put together extremely fast and was pieced together rather then achieving a feeling of continuity in the music. Overall, it is a catchy album and all of the songs are unique in their own way. There are a few songs that stand out, like “Third Chance” — feel free to bug your local DJ’s. Century Media, 1453-A 14th St., Suite 324, Santa Monica, CA 90404; http://www.centurymedia.com

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