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Once [Enhanced]

Nightwish Audio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
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Once, the band's fifth album, is a stunning combination of brawn & beauty; a seamless blend of technical musicianship & soaring vocals, complimented by an orchestral backdrop (provided by The Academy of St. Martins in the Field who scored The Lord Of The Rings trilogy). The international #1 hit 'Nemo' is a dreamy soundscape that crescendos & crashes with operatic precision - equal parts choral decadence & muscular heft.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!! June 2 2012
By BEEKS
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
What is Nightwish? Nightwish is the prototypical Symphonic Power Metal band. Symphonic Metal, in general, is a unique fusion of power metal
and symphony orchestral elements. Although many symphonic metal bands base their style solidly on classical music, Tuomas Holopainen,
principle songwriter for Nightwish, follows a theatrical, more epic approach by including or basing the band's style in Film Music or movie
soundtracks. "Ghost Love Score" is the paradigm of the genre on "Once". This song follows the epic scope and extended formal structures
characteristic of power metal while making extensive use of orchestral elements.

One reviewer's complaint that Nightwish was simply rehashing the Rock Opera of the 70s is invalid. For one, Rock Opera is a misnomer.
Rock 'Musical' might be closer. I found those attempts of the 70s to be clumsy and more than a little pretentious, much like the reviewer
who called them such. This is far superior. The origins of 'symphonic metal' are more recent. 'Believer' forshadowed it in 1991.
The gradual incorporation of a live orchestra and the influence of classical compostion became more important in the music of 'Therion'
than their death metal roots. Nightwish (and Within Temptation) formed on their heals.

Another reviewer suggested that the vocalist could not sing. Well....delivering the vocals is the virtually incomparable Tarja Turunen.
Tarja has studied singing at the prestigious Sibelius Academy and the Hochschule fur Musik Karlsruhe.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Re: A music fan (Boston) July 19 2004
By Artur
Format:Audio CD
I rather disagree with "music fan" from Boston. Pre-teenagers seem to prefer rap and britney (or teletubbies) over any decent music, and foreigners might have more musical taste than you might think. Personally, I am sick and tired of most of the music that "america" brings out these days, although there are some good radio-unfriendly american bands. Why don't you go back and listen to your linking park or any of the 1000 bands that sound just like that. You might not like Nightwitsh, but blaming foreigners or Finland for it shows a lot of prejudices, ignorance (how American) and perhaps lack of intelligence. BTW. I am a foreigner, and no, not of scandinavian origin.
Why don't you go and listen to your rap music or britney, or whatever nu-metal band you like today. I could go and give 1 star reviews to 50% of the bands sold on amazon, but that is not the point. I do not listen to that music, it's not my cup of tea.
Now, Nightwish. Maybe what nightwish does has been done before. I would not know. I don't listen to 70' or 80' music much.
Still, I find bands like nightwish rather exciting, especially in USA where we are being fed (recently) with a lot of uninspiring music mush through radio and mtv. I'm not against American music, Im against what they play on radio or mtv. In my opinion european music offers islands of sanity these days, but that is my humble opinion.
This new Nightwish album is a little bit more orchestra oriented, which I rather like. I am not sure how they are pulling it off at the concerts. What I dislike about this album (but getting used to) is male rock singing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than Century Child July 18 2004
Format:Audio CD
I absolutely love this album. I have all 4 previous albums from Nightwish, and enjoy them all. I know many people didn't like Century Child that much, but I think the songwriting on that album was very strong. The only criticism I share is that Tarja's vocals aren't as technically impressive on their recent albums as they were on Oceanborn.
I expected Once to sound much like Century Child. It does to an extent, but due to the presence of the choir and orchestra this is easily their most symphonic-sounding album. Listening to it, I couldn't help but visualize it as the soundtrack to some hugely epic movie. While I love the entire album, the standout tracks for me are definitely "Creek Mary's Blood" which incorporates Native American chant, and "Kuolema Tekee Taiteililjian" which is sung entirely in what I assume is Finnish (Hey, I'm not a linguist), and is an absolutely breathtaking track.
Very impressed. The only thing I'd change is that I wish Tarja would show off her voice a bit more as she did on the older albums.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My ABSOLUTE favorite Nightwish album... Feb. 15 2014
By Simon Bergeron TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Wishmaster was powerful, but somehow, the melody, the various orchestral moods and Tarja's most delicate and at times savage voice kept me interested for the whole 70 minutes the album lasted. Needless to say, it needed more listenings than just once (no pun intended), and this album only grew even more on me. My most favorite tracks are:

1- Dark Chest of Wonder
2- Wish I had an Angel
9- Ghost Love Score

This doesn't mean the rest of the album isn't as good, but those three REALLY stand out by their utmost quality in lyrics, rythms and beats.

To me, Nightwish's definitive masterpiece is this one. I have no qualms to warmly recommend this to any music lover out there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Nightwish's finest
This is the last album made with the old lead sing, Tarja, and it is by far the best of that era for the band. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Tyler L. Olson
5.0 out of 5 stars Une autre bonne mouture de Nightwish
Les 6 premiers titres sont parmi mes préférés
Une majoritée de très bon titres
Particulièrement les Plages 2-3-4-5-6-... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Gérard Lessard
5.0 out of 5 stars Nightwish: Amazing
"Once" was the first Nightwish album I ever listened to. It was recommended to me because my all time favorite band was Within Temptation. Read more
Published on Feb. 28 2009 by Raven Benson
5.0 out of 5 stars Once is pheonomenal!!!!!!!!!!
I am a huge Nightwish fan. The first CD my sister and I got was their greatest hits "Highest Hopes." We then got "Once" and so on. We now own all of them. Once is incredible. Read more
Published on Oct. 9 2006 by D. Teply
5.0 out of 5 stars The latest and best of Nightwish
Having gone through Nightwish's back catalogue following my purchase of this album, I've seen the the transition from what I called "traditional Symphony X-style playing"... Read more
Published on Feb. 4 2006 by Derek Puzak
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!!
I stumbled across Nightwish through one selection my son had in his CD collection. "Once" is the only album I have purchased by them so far (it won't be the last), and... Read more
Published on Oct. 21 2005 by Curtis Abbott
5.0 out of 5 stars Nightwish meets Hans Zimmer
Nightwish has really outdone themselves on this one. First off, the songwriting is first rate -- even the heavier songs are infused with great melody (Dark Chest of Wonders). Read more
Published on Nov. 23 2004 by Tuzo
5.0 out of 5 stars A true evolution for this great band
The first song I heard was Dark Chest of Wonders, I believe. God how I wanted to hear the rest. When I finally heard it, I wasn't disappointed at all. Read more
Published on Nov. 11 2004 by Caroline Lajoie
4.0 out of 5 stars sweet as a whole/hole
i wouldn't had bet on this new nightwish release but put aside Tuomas childish epic universe -> you have a solid album here. Read more
Published on Nov. 6 2004 by hugo
5.0 out of 5 stars Best album of the Year!
I got this album the day it came out in Canada. I ordered it through amazon back in the end of august, but it never showed, then I got notified that it will come in by... Read more
Published on Oct. 13 2004 by Tully Johnson
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