Nightwish is one of my favorite bands and I love both eras, that of Tarja and Annette, particularly enjoying the most recent album "Imaginaerum". In some aspects, Track 10, "The Crow, the Owl and the Dove" is something of a let down as its a soft, almost poppy kind of song stuck between the epic orchestrations and ballads of the story of Imaginaerum. However, looking at it, it does provide a sense of calm relief and it has its strong points. For instance the song, like the other single "Storytime" has extraordinary lyrical strength with a hearkening tale to tell of wisdom and love. Musically despite its Pop tendencies it shows a simple, beautiful song structure with some excellent duel vocals from Marco and Annette. So whilst the rest of Imaginaerum takes you to Arabian death dances, rides on a roller-coaster, your dreams and nightmares, a river with good and evil on either side, and the struggles of a poet, this song simply hangs in the middle as a short, beautiful song with epic lyrics.
And then We Have "The Heart Asks Pleasure First,"
Apparently having been shown live for years but not able top go on an album due to copyright we finally have this song, the theme from the movie "The Piano" with added on lyrics and the usual poetic treatment for the first time on a studio release. Out of the two on this single its without doubt the best with lyrics poetic, deep and sad with a kind of endearing nature to them. Steady drumming throughout, and an excellent guitar solo in the center of the song. Annette once again shows her vocal talents here. The final 2 minutes or so of this song are spectacular with a haunting violin at the end.
Overall, another good Nightwish single with the instrumental versions of both songs also available, enjoy.