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Dark Passion Play


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (Jan. 7 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B000URDEB0
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #29,061 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Poet And the Pendulum
2. Bye Bye Beautiful
3. Amaranth
4. Cadence Of Her Last Breath
5. Master Passion Greed
6. Eva
7. Sahara
8. Whoever Brings the Night
9. For the Heart I Once Had
10. The Islander
11. Last Of the Wilds
12. 7 Days To the Wolves
13. Meadows Of Heaven

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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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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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3.3 out of 5 stars

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Format: Audio CD
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. The uniqueness of Nightwish was the combination of well-orchestrated music and Tarja's voice. I thought they will hire an opera singer again but they went to an average singer sounding like Avril Lavigne. On the other hand, the music is still good if you don't count the super cheesy Eve. And it is obvious that they have tuned down the vocal arrangements in order to adapt the songs to Anette's restricted vocal capabilities. Actually, Marco is a very good singer and he could have sung more on the album. What a waste!
And if this is not enough, just listen to some of their recent live performances of some old material like Wishmaster or I Wish I Had an Angel. It is painfful to watch and poor Anette doesn't look very comfortable singing them, too. They should never perform these songs live with Anette.
Obviously, Nightwish want to sell more by attracting some Brittney Spears fans (although these people are not used to complex orchestrations), but they are on their way of losing a lot of old fans like me. Five stars for the music, two for the vocals, average of 3.5 stars, minus 0.5 stars for Eve =3 stars final note.
Having said that, this album sung by Tarja and arranged differently could be as good as Once.
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I became a Nightwish fan after buying Once, based on an online recommendation (researching Scandinavian metal). DPP kinda blows Once right out of the water. Orchestrated by Pip Williams who worked on the early Moody Blues albums he and Tuomas make a fine team. Some of the tracks are definitely a bit "poppy" in nature, and some NW fans complain they are too commercial. Well all those professional musicians, technical folks, choir and tour buses don't come cheaply, so I hold nothing against them for it. I'm looking forward to their approaching live date, to hear the barebones versions. It's still metal at the core, but presented in a manner to please the most classically minded. Every track is unique, and there is even a distinctly celtic slant to some of them with the incorporation of bodhrans and uillean pipes. I don't miss Tarja at all. I'm just worried this will make them too popular, and then they won't be my little secret anymore :)
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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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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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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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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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Derek Puzak on 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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