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Potential .. Maybe Better To Come...
on 28 April 2008
This isnt a perfect album by any means but considering its only Tarja's second its more than satisfactory and there is the potential for a very successful solo career.
Comparisons wil inevitably be made with Nightwish - basically if you like Nightwish you should find plenty here to enjoy but they dont sound alike.
Nightwish's last album had a greater share of Heavier moments than Tarja's but tracks here like Die Alive cater for metal fans. There are a lot of ballads/epic style tracks here - one or two are a bit average but there are some really classy moments such as Boy And The Ghost.
There is a hell of a lot of orchestration here courtesy of the Czech Film Orchestra - at least as much as ahem N********. And its quality - Its very, very cinematic in tone & feel. Really lush & warm and not just out to be bombastic as is often the case. Relax, the Wagnerian themes are there to be found if this is your thing. I always prefer a real orchestra to samples & keyboards anyday and hopefully its here to stay!
Drums in fairness are nothing outstanding but arent really required to be.
Bass is punchy & warm courtesy of Doug Wimbish (Ex Living Colour). Guitar is sharp although maybe a little nu metal in tone (not style) - there arent mant solos here either, i cant actually remember any in fact.
Vocals; Tarja is never going to hit the operatic heights of Oceanborn but these vocals are easily as good as anything else she's done (and certainly better than the Europop vocals of Annette Olzon)
The production is fantastic - it sounds a million dollars!!!
This is a good symphonic metal album with more emphasis on the S than the M. And i think there will be better to come!
N******** on the other hand i feel may stagnate if they persist with their current singer. I hope im wrong because they still write very good music and Tarja has some way to go before drawing level in the songwriting stakes. The answer is obvious but looks unlikely :-(