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Want to give this 3.75,
This review is from: Dark Passion Play (Audio CD)
A bit of a mix, this one. There turned out to be a disproportionate number of tracks that I can't stop myself from skipping past. They are not actually bad, just now't nor summat - Cadence, Meadows from Heaven. Amaranth irks me - I can't help it. It just seems manufactured to be a hit. Catchy, but affectedly so as if it is trying to pull a Nemo. Lyrically - Meadows from Heaven and For the Heart I Once Had are rather insipid, TPAP is 14 minutes of Tuomas' wangst, but there is a lot of classic Nightwish imagery (Sahara) that still appealed to me.
On to the big thing about this one: for me, the voice was a letdown. No, I'm not saying they should have kept Tarja (she seemed to lack passion on Once so I wasn't upset when she was fired), or even hired on another classical singer. But I prefer my metal fronted by a heavy voice that can match the music. No matter how loud and grand Tuomas' songs were, Tarja's voice could match it, as does Marco's. But with Anette, Nightwish have moved into the category of metal-fronted-by-light-vocals which isn't my cup of tea. Just personal preference is all.
That said, there's nothing wrong with Anette's voice. It's very sweet, emotional and technically profficient. But it just isn't epic or heavy itself which is what I like (she can belt loudly, but her sound is rather narrow). I do like her on Sahara, Whoever Brings, and 7 Days to the Wolves though - can't wait to hear those live as I've been told by friends in the US that live is where she shows her ability best. On 7 Days, you can also hear how well her voice meshes with Marco's.
Things I do like: Anette's emotion, Sahara - my favourite song as it is very old NW I think! Whoever Brings the Night - where I am most happiest with Anette's voice, the orchestrated passages in The Poet and the Pendulum, Marco's roar on Bye Bye Beautiful's rather pointed chorus. 7 Days to the Wolves.
I disagree with those who say it isn't Nightwish; I'd certainly recognise it as Tuomas' compositions if I heard it unannounced on the radio. Still very much their sound, but moved forward a bit. I just wish the material had been more consistent.