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Dark Passion Play
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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.
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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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.
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
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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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... Read morePublished on Oct. 25 2012 by BEEKS
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
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 morePublished on May 14 2008 by Jacques Berger
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 morePublished on April 16 2008 by TsarStangra
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 morePublished on Feb. 6 2008 by Mr.Gelila