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Podcast Episode
Season
Eight
number
365
Type
Album Review
Post Date
1/9/2018

The Gathering

365	How To Measure a Planet by The Gathering

How To Measure a Planet

Label
Century Media
Release year
1999
Producer
Attie Bauw
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How do you measure a band that is equal parts Massive Attack, the Cocteau Twins, Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Dream Theater and Slowdive?

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We haven't reviewed much (or any) European progressive gothic doom metal shoegaze trip-hop, so thanks to our latest Patreon pick, we're checking out the 1998 double-album How to Measure a Planet? by The Gathering. The question we ask is - how to measure a band that is equal parts Massive Attack, the Cocteau Twins, Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Dream Theater and Slowdive? What we do know is that in the age of overlong compact discs, a double album had better be worth it, and like most 90s double albums, the indulgence doesn't quite live up to the output. However, there is definitely something unique and interesting happening, providing us with a true album that sounds best listened to as a whole rather than searching for singles. The ambitions are grand, but surprisingly it is the restraint in both the playing and production that make HTMAP? an album that both reinterprets the past and forges a path for bands of the 2000s.

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Songs in this episode

  • Intro - My Electricity
  • 15:31 - Liberty Bell
  • 26:03 - Travel
  • 29:44 - Great Ocean Road
  • Outro - The Big Sleep

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