(1999) is where Opeth really hit their stride IMHO. It all comes together here on their fourth album - songwriting, musicianship, and production values.
As I believe I've mentioned here previously, I had a rather unorthodox introduction to this band's body of work. I hadn't listened to any of their albums until just a few years ago, started from their most recent (at the time) album Pale Communion
(2014), then worked my way backwards through their albums from there, "Benjamin Button" style. (I also picked up their latest, Sorceress
, when it was released in 2016.)
I love everything from Still Life
through Pale Communion
. TBH they evolved so much over those 18 years that they could be a completely different band, but it's all good.
I'm less in love with the stuff from before that, and Sorceress
. The earlier (pre-Still Life
) stuff feels a little uneven to me (writing and/or production); and while Sorceress
continues to mine the retro-'70s-homage vein like Pale Communion
did, it seems less focused to me, maybe even a little lazy/complacent. Here's hoping their next release is more interesting.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0azsKCi3DmM