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Floor Jansen - vocals
Tuomas Holopainen - keyboards
Marco Hietala - bass & vocals
Emppu Vuorinen - guitars
Jukka Nevalainen - drums
Troy Donockley - Pipes, flutes & whistles

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  • Audio CD (12 Aug 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B00006I0AC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 465,962 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Jan 2003
Format: Audio CD
In many respects this is the strongest Nightwish release to date.The production has improved and the songs are more subtle.It is also stylistically different in many ways.Both the lyrics and sound are more Melancholic than before.Apparently this is largely due to songwriter Tuomas having a bad year.
This is the first album to use bassist Marco in place of Sami.He also sings in a couple of songs (Dead to the World and Feel for you).I like his vocals though Tony from Sonata Arctica may have been even better,as was intended at one point.Especially on the cover of Phantom of the Opera,which somehow does not suit Marco's voice.
Standout tracks include Bless the Child,Slaying the Dreamer and Everdream.However by far the best song is the closer `Beauty of the Beast`.A brilliant ten minuite epic in three parts.This is my faviroute Nightwish track,as well as my faviroute song of 2002.The first part `Long lost Love` was composed by Marco.It shows that he is a gifted songwriter,maybe as good as Tuomas.The second part `One more night to live` contains the climax of the song between about five and eight minuites in.Cristabel,the last part,is the repition of a theme with some narration before fading out and gives the song symmetry as it is a similar tempo to the first part.
`Forever yours` is the ballad of the album.Certain similarities with `My heart will go on` are obvious.However it is by no means a rip off of that song.This song has,in my opinion,the best lyrics on this album.
Although there are no weak tracks `Ocean Soul` and `Feel for You` are not quite as good as the others.There is nothing wrong with them,they just fail to keep my attention as much as the others.Phantom of the Opera is not quite as good as it could be.As I mentioned previously Marco's vocals could be better.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By P. Brunton on 26 Oct 2004
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To put it simply this album is truly sublime. I've listened to all of Nightwish's albums many times over, and Century Child is the one that really captured me. For those who don't know, Nightwish are bassically Operatic Metal. If that sounds odd, it's because it is, but hey, it works! For those who do know Nightwish, and are wondering which album to buy, I'd say that Century Child really does stand out as the best. From the beautiful flute accompianaments of Forever Yours to the full speed keyboard and guitar driven audio assault that is Dead To The World, this album is filled with powerful, emotionally evocative music that is, consistantly, beautifully executed. The vocals are spot on, both male and female, and the lyrics are as intriguing and exciting as always. However it's the music that really takes this one a step above Nightwish's other works, with some truly magnificent song arrangements. And of course Nightwish's famous hallmark, the 'strange but intriguing choice of cover song' is fully present and corrent in the form of 'La Triviata' from Phantom Of The Opera.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Twitch on 21 Jun 2008
Format: Audio CD
Century child is the 4th studio album from the mighty Nightwish. It is a dark album which, Tuomas described in interviews at the time `as the album that saved his life'. He was going through depression at the time, which is quite evident in the music you will hear. If you have listened to all of the Nightwish albums thus far you will hear the progression of the band, as each album they release all the way up to DPP is musically more epic and powerful than all the previous releases. Tuomas had not yet got to work with a proper orchestra yet however was able to work with the Joensuu city orchestra on 5 tracks meaning there are an extra 32 musicians at work. This album is another glimpse of the greatness that will come...

During the recording of the album there was a line up change where original bassist Sami Vanska, who worked with them on the Oceanborn and Wishmaster albums, was asked to leave the band. Tuomas said that they wanted to get a more proficient bassist and a male vocalist to add more depth to the music. This is how they came to hire Marco Hietala who was well known in the Finnish music scene for his powerful vocals with his band Tarot, he was also a great bass player and so they could by hiring him "kill to birds with one stone" a quote Tuomas gave at the time.

The album itself is in my opinion at least is an amazing creation with 3 of their best ever songs, and many others that are great as well.

1) Bless the Child- A great song that starts with a spoken introduction by Sam Hardwick, the same boy who spoke the final verse of the song dead boy's poem from the Wishmaster album. I has a nice vocal melody and a good guitar beat that is backed by a nice symphonic sound. A good opening track. 8.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Quirkycat on 17 April 2005
Format: Audio CD
This was the third Nightwish album I bought ... (the first two being the amazing 'Once' and the dramatic 'Wishmaster') ... I can't say it's THE best, but it definitly ranks up there as one of their most brillant albums!
The stand out songs are 'End of all hope', which is a tirade against life, 'Feel for you', which has an amazing beginning, and 'Everdream', a lovely, epic of a song.
Oh, and 'Slaying the dreamer' ... this is the nearest a song gets to grabbing you around the throat and slamming you up against a wall ... then giving you a tender kiss. Honestly - I don't think I get tired of this song, ever!
'Phantom of the opera' might not be to everybody's taste, but I like it. If anyone saw the so-soish film version of the musical, and liked the title song there, trust me, Nightwish's version is much better. (It's darker, and more to the spirt of the novel, for one thing; Marco makes a demonic Phantom, and Tarja a very weird, warped Christine ... in a good way!)
But I'm rambling. This album really, really rocks, and I think any Nightwish fan - or someone new to them! - should definitly have this in their collection.
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