We're Here Because We're Here (album)

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We're Here Because We're Here
We're Here Because We're Here (album cover).jpg
Studio album by Anathema
Released 31 May 2010
Genre Progressive rock, alternative rock
Length 58:10
Label Kscope
Producer Vincent Cavanagh and Daniel Cavanagh, mixed by Steven Wilson
Anathema chronology
We're Here Because We're Here
Falling Deeper
Singles from We're Here Because We're Here
  1. "Dreaming Light"
    Released: 3 July 2011[1]
  2. "Everything"
    Released: 9 February 2012[2]

Falling Deeper2011

We're Here Because We're Here is the eighth album by the British rock band Anathema. It was released on 31 May 2010. The working title of the album was Horizons. The album was mixed by Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree.

Ville Valo of the band HIM recorded backing vocals for the song "Angels Walk Among Us".[3] The title of the album is taken from a song of the same name that was sung in the Allied trenches of World War I to the tune of "Auld Lang Syne".[3]

It is the last album to feature keyboarist Les Smith, as well as the first to feature vocalist Lee Douglas as an official band member.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[4]
Sputnikmusic 4.5/5 stars[5]
Silencio Hungary 4/5 stars[6]
Classic Rock (9/10)[7]
Rock Sound (8/10)[8]

Response from the critics was universally positive. The album was awarded "Prog Album of the Year" by Classic Rock magazine, who described it as "a flawless, life-affirming comeback and a gold-plated contender for album of the year".[7]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Daniel Cavanagh, except where noted.

No. Title Lyrics Length
1. "Thin Air" D. Cavanagh, Vincent Cavanagh, John Douglas 5:59
2. "Summernight Horizon"   4:12
3. "Dreaming Light"   5:47
4. "Everything"   5:05
5. "Angels Walk Among Us (featuring Ville Valo)"   5:17
6. "Presence (featuring Stan Ambrose)"   2:58
7. "A Simple Mistake"   8:14
8. "Get Off, Get Out" J. Douglas 5:01
9. "Universal" J. Douglas 7:19
10. "Hindsight"   8:10
Total length: 58:10
Limited Edition Bonus Tracks
No. Title Length
1. "Angels Walk Among Us (Demo Mix)" 5:05
2. "Presence (Demo Mix)" 2:36
3. "A Simple Mistake (Demo Mix)" 8:15
7 Inch Bonus Tracks
No. Title Length
1. "Dreaming Light (Orchestral Version)" 5:32
2. "Universal (Orchestral Version)" 7:24
Bonus Download Track
No. Title Length
1. "Everything (Demo Mix)" 5:13
Special Edition Bonus DVD–Audio
  • The Entire Album in lossless 24/48 5.1 Surround and Stereo


Dreaming Light Digital Single/EP
  1. "Dreaming Light"
  2. "Universal" (Engineers Remix)
  3. "Dreaming Light" (Video)
Everything Digital Single
  1. Everything


  • Vincent Cavanagh — vocals, guitar
  • Daniel Cavanagh — guitar, piano, keyboards, vocals
  • Jamie Cavanagh — bass guitar
  • John Douglas — percussion, drums, keyboards, guitars
  • Lee Douglas — vocals
  • Les Smith — keyboards


Chart (2010) Peak
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[9] 52
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[10] 19
French Albums (SNEP)[11] 69
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[12] 50
Greek Albums (IFPI)[13] 6


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