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Who Knew There Would One Day Be An Album This Good, Based on Scrooge McDuck .,
This review is from: Music Inspired By The Life and Times of Scrooge (Audio CD)
For anyone reading this, this isn’t a metal album and it is wrong to class it as metal like Amazon does. It is a classical/folk soundtrack album based on Scrooge McDuck. That said, most Nightwish fans should like this as Tuomas’ sound and amazing compositions are still very much present. If you like Nightwish songs such as Creek Mary’s Blood, Last of the Wilds, The Islander Meadows of Heaven, I Want My Tears Back, Arabesque and Turn Loose the Mermaids or film soundtracks in general then chances are you’ll enjoy this album, if you’d rather it was metal then this isn’t for you.
The actual album is a masterpiece and takes the listener through an up and down ride. I’ve never felt so emotional over Scrooge McDuck in my entire life. (And now have some serious desire to watch Duck Tales) Glasgow1877 starts the album off with its atmospheric Scottish Celtic folk sound; it acts for the most part to build up to the rest of the album. Into The West, starts the feeling of adventure with its western tones. Duel & Cloudscapes is fun and dramatic with its dark cartoon horror inspired moments. Dreamtime continues those dark moments in a haunting marching pace which builds up but never bursts over the course of the song. Cold Heart Of The Klondike is the only song that features Tony Kakko on vocals; it starts off bombastic like many Nightwish songs but slows down in places, to give the song an interesting contrast and a sense of adventure. The Last Sled starts off fairly mellow and builds up an exciting pace before turning mellow again. Goodbye, Papa, is a slower instrumental track that goes into a lively Scottish influenced early mid-section before turning slower and sad at the end. To Be Rich, is a fairly short ballad which leads into A Lifetime Of Adventure (The single which I’d guess many would have heard before the release of the album), one of the few songs where the vocals take the centrepiece and allows the main vocalist, Johanna Kurkela to really shine. It is a sweet reminiscent song which sums up the rest of the album. The final track Go Slowly Now, Sands of Time is a ballad sang by Alan Reid and is somewhat of a counterpart of the previous track from Scrooge McDuck’s point of view and provides a fitting bitter sweet ending to the album.
There's also another version of A Lifetime Of Adventure and another CD with all the songs as instrumental versions, as most of the songs are either instrumental or feature very only a small use of vocals I don't see much point, still it is a nice addition for those who want it. The packaging is gorgeous, I don't normally consider the art work but it is very beautiful.
As a big fan of Nightwish, I wasn’t entirely surely how much I’d enjoy this album, while I like classical/instrumental music, it doesn’t hold my attention for long, but I ordered it on faith and mostly because I couldn’t resist the lure of having a Tuomas Holopainen signed art card. Now that I’ve been listening to it for the past few days, it has exceeded all my expectations and is possibly some of the strongest work Tuomas has done.