My Dying Bride

Meisterwerk 2

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Appropriately following the previous year's Meisterwerk 1 compilation, this 2001 release draws from My Dying Bride's catalog to form a track list of fan favorites (as voted on the group's website) and imports/rarities. Fortunate to be graced with material from the superior Turn Loose the Swans and Light at the End of the World, it would have been nice to hear a number from the controversial 34.788%...Complete on either of the two collections, but that isn't how the fans voted, so both retrospectives focus on material from only a few of the band's releases. My Dying Bride explained that the Top Ten songs were too long to fit on one disc, so the picks were divided and the room that remained was filled with more experimental material many fans haven't heard, which seems to defeat the purpose of a "hits" collection. Perhaps the band divided the project into two releases just to allow Peacevill the chance to charge almost double for what easily could have been one product. The "experimental" material doesn't stand up, making the second half of both records pretty unenjoyable -- and hard to recommend. So new fans might want to just purchase one of the group's better releases (Turn Loose the Swans or As the Flower Withers) as a starting point. Only My Dying Bride completists should worry about pursuing either of the Meisterwerk volumes.

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