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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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Product details

  • Audio CD (1 Oct. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,450 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. The Poet And The Pendulum
2. Bye Bye Beautiful
3. Amaranth
4. Cadence Of Her Last Breath
5. Master Passion Greed
6. Eva
7. Sahara
8. Whoever Brings The Night
9. For The Heart I Once Had
10. The Islander
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Disc: 2
1. The Poet And The Pendulum (Instrumental Version)
2. Bye Bye Beautiful (Instrumental Version)
3. Amaranth (Instrumental Version)
4. Cadence Of Her Last Breath (Instrumental Version)
5. Master Passion Greed (Instrumental Version)
6. Eva (Instrumental Version)
7. Sahara (Instrumental)
8. Whoever Brings The Night (Instrumental Version)
9. For The Heart I Once Had (Instrumental Version)
10. The Islander (Instrumental Version)
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4.4 out of 5 stars

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Fergal Woods on 5 Jun. 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Just when I thought I'd heard it all (having started listening to rock in the early 70's) I was pleasantly shocked when my nephew lent me this cd. The sound is stunning,the songwriting is powerful but unlimited in scope, the female singer has a beautiful voice and the overal impression is of a huge cinematic soundscape for some sci-fi blockbuster.

The tracks range from very heavy to catchy pop to acoustic folk and much of the sound's colour comes from brilliant orchestration and excellent use of large choral forces. It's around 75 minutes long but doesn't feel like that and is chock full of highlights. Their new vocalist Anette delivers 2 great ballads (Eva and Meadows of Heaven) where the music builds towards powerful climaxes, and despite the unwarranted criticism from some reviewers I prefer her vocals to her predecessor Tarja. Tarja could not have sang the commercial "Amaranth" or "The Heart I Once Owned" anything like as well. "Sahara" is another massive wall of sound which has shades of Sabbath's "Seventh Star" about it. Marco shows off his incredible range on a couple of tracks, and these two combined really show up how monotonous the male-female vocalists in Lacuna Coil are.

One of the highlights for me was hearing Troy Donockly (Iona) contributing uileann pipes to 2 or 3 tracks. The pipes (and low whistle combined with fiddle) add a delicious Celtic flavour to an already abundant panorama of sounds. The album's opening epic "Poet and the Pendulum" may be somewhat self-indulgent on Tuomas' part, but in the central passage blastbeat drums, riffing guitar and matching orchestral interplay produce one of the most jaw-droppingly powerful sequence of music I've ever heard. Every rock fan should at least hear this album.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Lewis on 6 Feb. 2009
Format: Audio CD
After the departure of Tarja, many people had written Nightwish off as they thought that they could never be the same without her. They were right, but who said change is a bad thing? I really like new singer Anette Olzon as she has a lot of charisma and, dare I say it, is extremely beautiful. This album is a fanstastic from start to finish and is most definatley my favourite Nightwish album. I'll do a track by track run through:

The Poet and The Pendulum - The longest song that Nightwish has ever written. This is my favourite ever Nightwish song as it has fantastic vocals, keys and drumming. Every part of this song is perfect. 10/10

Bye Bye Beautiful - After TPATP, this song had a lot to live up to, and I think that it does! This song features a lot of Marco's voice and deals with the issues surrounding Tarja's departure. 8/10

Amaranth - This was the single from the album. It is much poppier than other Nightwish songs but is still great. It is extremely catchy and well merits it's place on the album. 8/10

Cadance of Her Last Breath - In my opinion, this is one of the weakest songs on the album, but it is still a great song, just not as good compared to the other great songs. 7/10

Master Passion Greed - This is the first of two songs on the album that just feature Marco's voice. If you are familiar with his other band, Tarot, then you will probably enjoy this. Features great riffs and vocals. 8/10

Eva - A ballad, but a really good one. It really shows off Anette's beautiful voice and the softer side of Nightwish. 8/10

Sahara - A very grinding song, probably one of the heaviest songs that Nightwish have ever done. It has epic keyboard and choir work that really compliments the heavy riffs.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David H on 15 Jan. 2008
Format: Audio CD
What everyone else has said before is definitley valid and i totally agree, but what struck me (as a first time buyer of a nightwish album) is the sheer diversity of the songs.

Having been a fan of 'within tmeptation' for a while now i decided to branch out into other similar bands. When i stumbled upon nightwish i decided to give them a go. Whereas 'within temptation' and other more well known bands of this genre tend to stick to the same old (and successful) formula of strong vocals and with your guitars and orchestral ensemble, nightwish have a strong variety that makes this album easily listen-to-able.
Where some songs such as 'Amaranth' sound alarmingly like a heavy metal version of the corrs (i know i wont win mnay friends with this comparison) whilst the lilting ballad that is 'the Islander' could easily have come from any Jordan or Tolkien novel.
Both these can then be contrasted to what (from reading other reviews) i suppose is traditional nightwish.

Overall this album succeeds where perhaps others (such as within temptation) don't do as well beacuse of the fact that after listening through the whole album, it does'nt all just seem to merge into one long song. In fact each song presented is refreshingly new.
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful By P. Korgan on 29 Sept. 2007
Format: Audio CD
There was a lot of talk about Nightwish when the band announced the departure of Tarja Turunen, the main vocalist. Some even said that Nightwish will be no more. Rumours and speculations were of biblical proportions about the new main vocalist and if Nightwish could ever produce their own kind of music ever again. Dark Passion Play - after two years of painful waiting and with a new lead, Anette, shows us that we, music lovers may rejoice once again.

Fans will immediately recognise the musical style of Nightwish, which hasn't changed a bit since the Once was released. Especially the fans of Ghost Love Score will be in heaven the minute the album begins. The Poet And The Pendulum is sheer awesomeness. The music, the choir, the orchestra. Everyone who has ever heard Nightwish before, will instantly recognise the musical style of Nightwish that separates the band from other metal bands out there.

Second track, Bye Bye Beautiful introduces more "classical" Nightwish approach with heavy guitar riffs and a beautiful parts with Anette and Marco. Yes, Marco is back, better than ever. Fans will especially enjoy the fifth track entitled Master Passion Greed. If you enjoyed some of Marco's vocals on Once, this album is definitely for you. Third, fourth and sixth tracks concentrate more on musical aspects and on Anette's performances - which are different to those of Tarja but are pure Nightwish nonetheless.

The lyrics on Dark Passion Play are once again more meaningful than they might sound. Mr. Holopainen has always said that while he writes new songs, the lyrics tend to draw heavy inspiration, amongst other things, from his personal life. One can easily read (or listen) between the lines his thoughts about Tarja's departure and general feelings of the band.
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