Top positive review
Two Queens, Same Challenge: A Prescription for Success!
on 3 October 2015
An EP that precedes Within Temptation's 2014 "Hydra" album,"Paradise (What About Us?)" has, for starters, the merit of
gathering in the same song my favourite queens of contemporary gothic/symphonic metal, namely Finnish Tarja Turunen and
Dutch Sharon den Adel. In the track "Paradise (What About Us?)" that gathering takes place, and, what a duet!
For those that acquired "Paradise (What About Us?)" in a timely fashion, meaning back in 2013, it surely served as a
teaser for the then unreleased "Hydra". However, for those like me that got it after "Hydra", there's still some novelty,
though. That novelty lies not in the leading "Paradise...." duet song but on the remaining three tracks. They consist
of demos of "Let Us Burn", "Silver Moonlight" and "Dog Days", tracks that would later on appear included in "Hydra's"
tracklist. As demos, they differ when compared to the final studio versions that were released in 2014. For these tracks,
late buyers such as myself end up with two versions. Not bad!
Finally, let me highlight the musical joint venture that this EP, in that single track, stands for. It's an experiment
that succeeded across the board! A win-win situation for both queens, the band itself, and last but not least the fan
Four stars, because both Tarja and Sharon still have a lot to offer and therefore much room left to excel from!