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  • Audio CD (3 May 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B0016IV2G6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. You Always Walk Home
  2. We Got the Right
  3. I Believe
  4. Longing
  5. Your Turn
  6. Kids Of The Century
  7. In the Night
  8. Going Home
  9. A Little Time
  10. When The Sinner
  11. Different Ways (New Track)

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With his fifth solo album "Past In Different Ways", Michael Kiske revisits the songs written by him during his Helloween years (1987-1993). Tracks from Keeper Of The Seven Keys I & II, Pink Bubbles Go Ape and Chameleon are re-arranged acoustically. Even though Kiske's vocals are the main attraction of this release, several tracks manage to sound quite powerful and interesting, in spite the fact they are performed in an acoustic manner.

Kiske has received constant criticism concerning his departure from Helloween, his detachment from metal music and his negative comments about the genre. With this album (which was an idea put forth by Frontiers Records) Michael tries to show that "...I don't reject my past just because I'm a different person today, and on the other hand it can maybe give people who were part of that past a different view at those songs".

Past In Different Ways is arranged in a way that showcases Kiske's incredible vocals. The songs have not been completely changed as the main riffs and melodies are still there. Some passages and solos have been altered, several songs are performed in a different key but most tracks are easily recognizable. Besides the acoustic guitars, which dominate the instrumental portion of the album; violins, trombones, trumpets, piano and accordion are used to enrich the sound of some of the songs.

There are several notable songs to be found here, but the best of the bunch are probably the trio of opening tracks: "You Always Walk Alone", "We Got The Right" and "I Believe". All three tracks have strong melodies, tempo changes, well executed acoustic leads and solos, while they also provide a powerful and epic atmosphere.
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When i first heard about Mr.Kiske's plan to re-record & release this,i wasnt quite sure what to think.
Im really more into his new style,so why would i want to hear him do this "helloween unplugged" thingy.Its really more about the compositions and not the sounds.I generally think if a song is good it will be good,no matter if its played electric or acoustic..Anway..
The first 3 songs starts off pretty good,but i wish they wouldnt put those trumpet parts in "We Got The Right"..It doesnt do the song any good and it would be much better off with out it..I also feel that these songs are not really stripped down enough..Please slow down...These songs dont need all those riffs..
Track 4 is my all time favorite helloween song and i wasnt sure what to think before i heard it..I generally dont like remakes of already favorites of mine.If its already perfect,why change it?
But after giving it a spin..Oh boy..Major disappointment..
Why?!?!Kiske?Why?

I wish i never heard this.It makes me sad.All the emotional aspects put into the original are gone.The vocals sounds forced and its like the song is played faster as well?Arg..This is not good Mister.. :(

Your turn - is really nice in the verses,the pre-chorus is not,mainly because of the harmony vocals but also because of the lack of power of the band.It actually sound a bit boring..
But the great chorus makes up for it.:)
Some parts of the solo are weak too..But the last part of the song,from the part "The world is crying.." it all sounds nice again.

Kids Of A Century - WOW!This starts off really interesting,on this one Kiske has actually manage to create music of out this rather noisy classic.
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Great to hear these tunes again. His initial reluctance to have anything to do with them, and let's face it, Helloween aren't gonna play any of them, left them lost in the midst of time. Great that he has done this.

I bought "Instant Clarity" and "Kiske" a while back and love them both. Really want RTS to be re-released as well. Given where Michi is musically now, my only gripe with this release is that the tunes haven't been re-arranged more. I'd love to hear a string section doing the solo in We Got the Right rather than the leccy guitars simply being replaced with acoustic ones. Having said that, Kids of the Century has a different vibe and Going Home, although still at the same tempo, has lost it's main riff. Jury still out on that one.

The vocals throughout the are as amazing as they were back in the day. Amazing that he's still able to hit all those notes 20 years down the road.

It's such a shame that Michi is musically stuck. I'd love to see him tour with someone like Newton Faulkner, KT Tunstall or Sandi Thom. I think he'd go down a storm. Just need to brave music execs to take a gamble. If Johnny Cash can successfully work with Ruck Rubin and Trent Reznor, anything's possible. I still like Metal. I'm really into his friend Mr Kai Hansen's Gamma Ray. I don't have anything against what Michi is doing now. It's great. A lot of other people I know who like metal are into all sorts of music. I really don't think they'll think this is a travesty at all. They're good tunes, played, produced and sung brilliantly. End of story.

Please buy this album and spread the word. He needs to be back on tour and get the credit/praise he deserves
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