My first reaction to this CD was "am I listening to pretentious rubbish", but in fact Nightwish manage to carry it off pretty well. The writing here is excellant, and the songs are well structured, with some real emotion in those operatic vocals.
So, why only 3 stars? Because the writer and keyboard player (sorry, forgot his name) insists on singing! Fact is he simply can't do it - he'd be concidered a very poor rock singer at the best of times, but compared so directly to those fantastic vocals from the femail lead singer he is just plain embarrasing. Thus the songs without his voice warrant 5 stars, while those with get a big fat zero = average score 3!!!
I'm off to listen to samples from their other albums to see if any of those lose his noise. If they do they will be great.