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  • Audio CD (12 Nov. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • ASIN: B009CZTDE8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 135,878 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Product Description

1. Find Your Story
2. Orphanage Airlines
3. Undertow
4. Spying in the Doorway
5. A Crackling Sphere
6. Sundown
7. Wonderfields
8. Hey Buddy
9. Deeper Down
10. Dare to Enter
11. I Have to Let You Go
12. Heart Lying Still
13. From G to E Minor

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Confusion reigned, because Amazon made rather a mess of things. There are, apparently, TWO Imaginaerum albums! One is a regular NW album; this is an orchestral score for the accompanying film. Reviews got mixed up, people got confused, and I'm re-writing this, because it got attached to the the wrong album to start with... Unlike many, I am not a long term fan of Nightwish, if only because I only found them relatively recently (on YouTube). I'd only acquired one album thus far, Dark Passion Play. I've seen a little of the controversy over the change of singer. I like Annette The New (not new to me, of course, rather the only one I know!), probably more than the few scraps of Tarja The Former I've heard. Of course, Annette is now also The Former. Still, I like DPP a lot. So for my second album, I bought the new one.

Silly me, not realising there were two totally different versions, I managed to get the wrong one! Essentially, this isn't Nightwish, it's an orchestral score created by rock musicians as a film sound track (the band is claiming credit for the arrangements on the the sleeve notes), which is a completely different beast. It's effectively a Nightwish album without Nightwish on it. Take the first 90s of The Poet & The Pendulum and extend it the length of an album, or take the whole of P&P and strip the guitars & voice out. You'll then have a very good idea of how the album sounds.

That doesn't make it a bad album; it's pleasant enough listening. I'll also credit the fact that is isn't computer-generated, which was my first thought on hearing it. The orchestral instruments are played by orchestras, the voices are real choirs. But it's not Classical music.
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Amazon, having mixed up the reviews for the Nightwish album and the film score under the same name (seriously I can accept blu-ray and DVD mix ups but this!), anyway, this is a review of the film score which has been released in November as the movie comes out the same month. How does it rate, in comparison to the album its based on and does it stand as its own? Straight answer yes, the tracks here, most of them are welded from the album and interpreted, the main difference being atmosphere and ambient are added.

"Find your Story" is basically Taikatalvi reborn with a dark edge, the edges not so sharp and vocals removed, a pure movie score, a perfect intro and it sets everything, mood and all in perfect motion for what is about to come.

"Orphanage Airlines" and we get a chopped up piece of Symphonic Storytime which has been redone with the chorus blasting through and that orchestral bridge near the end, the score continues, the flow is spot on and the best of the song bombastically rockets through.

"Undertow" takes on a strange, dark journey with little of the old Ghost River remaining, save the Children choir section which makes its way into the creepy background seamlessly. This is followed by "Spying in the Doorway" which is one of the more independent pieces of the soundtrack and it captures the titled moment perfectly, a soft piece, the transitions keep going and then we get drawn into...

Arequesque was, as Holopein phrased it, a piece that would make more sense in the film, being honest I thought it was going to be a direct transition to film, but instead we get "A Crackling Sphere" which adds more atmosphere, is more bombastic and has a more complete sound.
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I was a bit disappointed that this isn't really Nightwish as I know them, but really a music 'score' from a movie that alas isn't in the mainstream. I should have read the blurb more closely before I bought it. Well played of course as are all their work, and a must for the die-hard collector, but sadly missed the point for me a bit.
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Please be aware at the outset of this review that I am commenting on Imaginaerum (The Score), and not Imaginaerum(1CD version) or Imaginaerum (2 CD Version). The Amazon reviews seem to have merged across products, even though there are important differences between these releases. I'll comment briefly on these so any confusion can be avoided. The 1 CD version contains the album Imaginaerum, where the tracks contain vocals. The 2 CD version comes with an additional CD, which contains the instrumental version of the tracks only. Imaginaerum (The Score) (the CD under review) is a largely instrumental CD with expanded orchestral versions of all the themes you will of heard on the previous Imaginaerum releases. I thought this was a phenomenal release. That said, I listen to a lot of film/tv soundtracks and scores, where the instrumental/orchestral sound is something that I love. I know that will not be the case for all Nightwish listeners, and thus this release should be considered something of a niche album, because it will not conform to the typical "Nightwish" sound.

There are 13 tracks on this album lasting just short of 54 minutes. I won't go into every track in detail, because I would imagine that people getting this release will probably have encountered many of the melodies as heard in the previous Imaginearum release. So the question needs to be asked, what does this release contain that is above and beyond what you have heard before?
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