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This review is from: Dark Passion Play: Special Edition (Audio CD)
With songs about death, abuse, broken reltionships, decline, and other morbid topics, why am I sat here listening to this with a huge grin? I shouldn't be enjoying this music as much as I am. The ingredients are all there for solemnity - plaintive choral parts - delicate strings that move like wheat in the wind, bombastic attacks from both band and orchestra. This should be serious - it really should, but I cant help from smiling all the way through it. I think its because of the 'everything including the kitchen sink approach'. Take the first song - Pendulum and the Poet, its pretty full on, lulling you into a false sense of security with choral flowerettes until the full orchestra kick in. Not content with that, lets add some serious metal guitar. Not enough? OK lets add a full choir to belt it out too. See what I mean? Its relentless, and by the end of track one the listener is pretty breathless - its like standing behind a jet engine on take off. The pace barely slackens with the following pieces smoothing your brow with delicate melody before hitting you with a full on metal assault. I cant help thinking that Carl Orff who wrote Carmina Burana would love this.
The pace changes with some almost folk moments towards the end which allow your eardrums to recover somewhat before Nightwish introduce yet another powerhouse to end the album Meadows of Heavens continues with what Pendulum started - full on metal, gospel, orchestration, and ballad.
Play this loud of a quality hi fi and we are talking the realms of truly epic.
Quite literally a breathtaking album.
Right, I'm off for a lie down...