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A beautiful project that was well worth the wait!
on 17 November 2007
MWS is an incredibly varied, adventurous and atmospheric album and one of the most beautiful I've heard in years. Tarja admits to being heavily influenced by cinematic soundscaping and each song has been given its own individual feel through sound textures in addition to the music and lyrics. The heavier pieces will appeal to a lot of us who found her through Nightwish - Ciaran's Well, which very much feels like the bit of fun she intended it to be, and Lost Northern Star, which reminds me of Rammstein. On the softer side, her very own composition, Oasis, is a lush and serene piano/cello/voice combination, and she has some very haunting slower pieces such as Minor Heaven and Our Great Divide. As the other reviewer said, Poison is a decent cover, and I hope she does it live as it will be quite fun for both the band and the attendees!
The nice thing about Tarja is that even when her material is less than brilliant (there are a couple of songs that were a bit bland - My Little Phoenix, Calling Grace), she's still better than most! She has also gained a wider ability with her voice both in style and tone, and her enunciation is much improved from her Nightwish days.
A bit of advice: this album makes the most sense if you take the time to sit down and listen to it in one go. The songs themselves are less like... well, songs. They are like individual stories that fit together and I found that the straight-through listen gave the album a cohesion that is very rare in modern music. A theme begun in this song pops up later on, and image here surfaces again there. Tarja has put a lot of thought into the feeling she wanted to convey, and it really shows.
Overall, I have not loved an album so instantly before - it is beautiful from start to finish, and there is that real mixture of intensity, serenity and energy that made Tarja so appealing during her time with NW.
And look, I've resisted comparing MWS to DPP :)