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One of the best albums of 2002
on 21 January 2003
In many respects this is the strongest Nightwish release to date.The production has improved and the songs are more subtle.It is also stylistically different in many ways.Both the lyrics and sound are more Melancholic than before.Apparently this is largely due to songwriter Tuomas having a bad year.
This is the first album to use bassist Marco in place of Sami.He also sings in a couple of songs (Dead to the World and Feel for you).I like his vocals though Tony from Sonata Arctica may have been even better,as was intended at one point.Especially on the cover of Phantom of the Opera,which somehow does not suit Marco's voice.
Standout tracks include Bless the Child,Slaying the Dreamer and Everdream.However by far the best song is the closer `Beauty of the Beast`.A brilliant ten minuite epic in three parts.This is my faviroute Nightwish track,as well as my faviroute song of 2002.The first part `Long lost Love` was composed by Marco.It shows that he is a gifted songwriter,maybe as good as Tuomas.The second part `One more night to live` contains the climax of the song between about five and eight minuites in.Cristabel,the last part,is the repition of a theme with some narration before fading out and gives the song symmetry as it is a similar tempo to the first part.
`Forever yours` is the ballad of the album.Certain similarities with `My heart will go on` are obvious.However it is by no means a rip off of that song.This song has,in my opinion,the best lyrics on this album.
Although there are no weak tracks `Ocean Soul` and `Feel for You` are not quite as good as the others.There is nothing wrong with them,they just fail to keep my attention as much as the others.Phantom of the Opera is not quite as good as it could be.As I mentioned previously Marco's vocals could be better.In particular in the last minuite.
If you are new to Nightwish,although this is an excellent album I reccomend Wishmaster or Oceanborn first.These are the most consistent and have more immediate effect than this one.