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Dark Passion Play

Nightwish Audio CD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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Dark Passion Play + Imaginaerum - Sp ed (2 CD) + Once
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Nightwish returns with an ambitious epic metal opus that begins promisingly enough but quickly devolves into another formulaic power rock affair. The band's at its most powerful and convincing on the opening "The Poet and the Pendulum" (all 14 minutes of it), the dynamic "Bye Bye Beautiful," and the infectious pop-inflected "Amaranth." But mid-album tracks such as "Sahara," "For the Heart I Once Had," and the limpid closer, "Meadows of Heaven," retread familiar ground that reminds us of epic metal's more disappointing tendencies--faux pop, bombastic bombast, anemic anthems, and a penchant for the maudlin. With new vocalist Annette Olzon in the ranks, the Finnish outfit stands poised to make a thoroughly convincing and wholehearted classic (listen to "The Islander" for further proof) but falls short, delivering a decent but distracted recording. It's too ambitious, too scattered, and, simply, too long--and that's too bad. --Jedd Beaudoin

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Although it is their sixth studio album,Dark Passion Play marks the beginning of a new era for Finnish symphonic metal masters Nightwish. With new vocalist Annette Olzon onboard, Nightwish returns with their most accessible material to date. Firmly rooted in their trademark symphonic sounds featuring elaborate keyboard and guitar parts blended seamlessly with intricate string and choir sections, Olzon's vocals have more pop sensibility as they are far less operatic than those of her predecessor. This is perfectly exemplified in the vocal melodies in Amaranth, Eva and the scorching duet with bassist Marco Hietala titled Bye Bye Beautiful. Nightwish mastermind Tuomas Holopainen (keyboards) not only wrote all the lyrics and all but two songs on the album, but also helmed the project as one of the producers along with T.C. Kinnunen and Mikko Karmila, who also mixed the album. Dark Passion Play has already made history as Finland's most expensive recording project to date with massive string sections and choirs and it is clearly evident in the impeccable production. Nightwish have taken the symphonic elements of their prior works and infused them with a new voice to create a sound representative of the album title: dark, playful and, most of all, passionate.

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Format:Audio CD
This is a great album by Nightwish. The lyrics in many are a bit darker but they provoke a lot of thought as well. The tunes are awesome, somewhat heavy for some of them but it really sets a high standard for others who make music in this category. It's an amazing compilation of songs not just for an avid Nightwish fan but for someone who truly loves music or music in this genre. I would highly recommend this CD!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Another medium grade 2007 album May 14 2008
Format:Audio CD
My "year of disappointments" continues with Nightwish' latest release, Dark Passion Play. As with the latest releases from Arch Enemy, Children of Bodom and Megadeth, Nightwish seems to forget who they are with this latest outing. It's a great sounding album, but it lacks the epic feel of its predecessors.

The first notable difference is the introduction of Annette as lead vocalist. Her voice and style are completely different in comparison to Tarja's previous reign with the band. It would be easy to put the blame on her, but quite frankly, she does a remarkable job stepping in with the band. I've had the pleasure of meeting Annette in person, and she's a sweetheart with a beautiful voice to boot.

No, the real problem with Dark Passion Play is that it sounds too much like a Lacuna Coil album. Any doubters, please take a moment to stack this album against a LC album and you'll see what I mean. It is perhaps more noticeable given the fact that Annette has a similar vocal style to Cristina Scabbia, but the real culprit here are the boys of Nightwish who have comprised songs that lack the gothic, operatic crunch of their previous entry, "Once."

Despite this shortcoming, Dark Passion Play is a fine album to listen to. I'm simply not listening to it "as much" as other Nightwish albums. Tarja's presence on those previous albums is not a factor, either. I sincerely hope that Nightwish do not stay down this path, and instead opt to head back into the beautiful territory of "Nemo," "Creek Mary's Blood" and "Ghost Love Score." They are masters in that field.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Self-indulgent tantrum Oct. 25 2012
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DPP represents Tuomas' self-indulgent tantrum over the events leading up to the dismissal of Tarja. This anger interfered with the creation of lyrics and music that is up to the standards he set in the previous era.

Interesting choice for the new vocalist. Anette is a good singer and her 'EuroPop dime a dozen' soprano range will and has drawn more fans from the mainstream into the fold, but unfortunately this appeal to the business of popularity has been at the expense of lyrical and musical quality. With this limitation, Tuomas has over compensated with adding layer upon layer upon layer upon layer of instrumental complexity to make up for it. This instrumental competition creates a crowded listening environment. Before, there were just enough layers that each had their space to be heard within the blend. Now it can be a wall of noise.

I'd avoid this one unless you like, as one reviewer, Lacuna Coil. But then again, why not go for the real thing and check out Lacuna Coil instead. They've made this style their own and Nightwish, with DPP, is trespassing within LC's domain.
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By Vader
Format:Audio CD
Wow!! This album is amazing. It's great. Bye Bye Beautiful is an amazing song. It has to be considered one of the best metal songs to be released in 2007. Amartine and Eva are two more of my favorite songs on this album. The first time I heard of Nightwish was on Much Loud and I was very impressed with Nightwish. Evanescence can step aside because Nightwish is amazing. The Last of the Wilds is the best instrumental metal performance in a long time. Dark Passion Play delivers!!

Nightwish ROCKS!!!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not Up To Nightwish Standards Jan. 23 2008
By Fairy
Format:Audio CD
This Nightwish CD does not resemble the unique style of music that the band once held. The singing is more of a "popular" style of music which has little variation in octave range and tone. The main voice on the CD is not one of a distinctive operatic voice like it was before. This CD is difficult to listen to because the singing sounds too flat for the heavy metal background. In fact, some of the CD sounds quite monotonous and transitions are not what they once were. In addition, the lyrical content was not impressive.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good way to re-enter the world of metal Nov. 4 2007
By Purple
Format:Audio CD
I've been a fan of Nightwish since the very beginning and I have noticed how they just kept getting better musically. I can't say that I enjoyed Once all that much because they seemed to be going in a more commercial direction and Tarja just didn't have the right vocals for the music being played. I have also always liked Marco's vocals, and the interplay of Tarja's and his vocals just didn't seem to work from the beginning. With this new album, they found someone who's voice works well in the world of metal and that plays well with Marco's voice. It's not their best, I'm still partial to Oceanborn and Century Child, but it's definitely not their worst. I can see why people are going to hate this CD but it's definitely an album that can bring more fans to Nightwish.
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2.0 out of 5 stars mauvaise investissement ou erreur d`achat Oct. 25 2007
Format:Audio CD
que c`est triste que tarja turunen chante plus pour nightwish on
s`ennuie deja apres avoir ecoute amaranth qui est la meilleure chanson
de l`album pour le reste ca passe de commentaire.les musicien sont tres bon mais la voie de la chanteuse ne cadre pas avec ce genre de musique,
il aurais dus choisir mieux que cela car n`importe qui est capable de chanté comme elle.

bye bye nightwish
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5.0 out of 5 stars wow!!
This album is amazing!! Nightwish continues to grow and amaze!! do not listen to the negative reviews...seriously, the music, vocals and writing behind this album is Genius!!
Published on July 2 2009 by J. Wiersma
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Anette
At first, I was not too sure if Nightwish could really have a new vocalist. Tarja is a hell of a singer and Anette had to step into really big shoes. And she did it. Read more
Published on May 14 2008 by Jacques Berger
1.0 out of 5 stars One of the worst rock/metal albums from 1970 up to now
This is complete junk. I can't believe that a respectful band can ever release such a thing. There was a time that this band was making decent albums for the genre. Read more
Published on April 16 2008 by TsarStangra
1.0 out of 5 stars HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT!
Judging by the quality of the singing in this cd, I would give it a -10 but that is not an option here. There is no comparison with Tarja Turunen's beautiful operatic voice. Read more
Published on Feb. 6 2008 by Mr.Gelila
3.0 out of 5 stars It's not because Tarja is missing
DPP is good Nightwish, and it is very good metal. However, it falls short of their previous efforts. Read more
Published on Nov. 15 2007 by Stubble
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but their worst. Bring back Tarja or take any opera singer!
What a difference a vocalist can make! Anette sounds just OK as any of the millions of pop singers around or American Idol's top 20. Read more
Published on Oct. 20 2007 by Customer from Quebec
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