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Pt1 Amaranth (1+ Tracks) [Single, Maxi]

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Part One of Two. UK CD pressing of the first single taken from the Finnish Symphonic Metallers' 2007 album Dark Passion Play. Features 'Amaranth', 'Eva' (Orchestral Version) plus 'Reach' (Demo) and 'While Your Lips Are Still Red'. Nuclear Blast.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Never-Fading Sept. 20 2007
By J. Koo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The internationally-acclaimed symphonic metal band Nightwish has been through a lot since they fired lead vocalist Tarja Turunen in 2006. With Anette Olzon as their new singer, the Finns are ready to release their sixth studio album Dark Passion Play and embark on a US tour. Amaranth is the second of three singles from DPP (Eva, Amaranth, and to-be-released Bye Bye Beautiful).
Where to begin? I am a huge fan of symphonic metal and Nightwish was my gateway into the genre; as a classical violinist and singer and someone who loves power riffs, it was perfect. The four tracks on this CD are just a sampling of Dark Passion Play (for which I obtained a promo copy of). Nightwish itself has only changed in vocals. DPP is much like Once was, continuing the break away from their roots that began with Century Child, mixing in more than just operatic vocals, varying the sounds, and experimenting with new musical themes.
A bit about Anette Olzon. She sounds almost nothing like Tarja. Almost none. Very little vibrato as compared to operatic-style. Alto as compared to soprano. Rock-sounding as compared to classical-sounding. In my opinion she is just as good as, if not better than Tarja was, and I hold vocalists like Tarja, Floor Jansen, and Sharon den Adel in highest regard. Comparison is inevitable, but comparisons aside or not, Anette is a very capable and great-sounding vocalist.
A track-by-track analysis:

1) Amaranth: Amaranth is in no way representative of the huge, varied masterpiece that DPP is. In fact, until the band heard it recorded with Anette, it was to be a bonus track. Despite Tuomas' refusals, the band and producers and such thought it was a very catchy-sounding tune and forced it not only into the main tracklist of DPP, but to be packaged as the second single. Like Eva, neither sounds that much like the rest of the album, though considering the variety that DPP provides, the only song the band seems to call the "soul" of the album would be the 14-minute epic Poet and the Pendulum.

Amaranth itself is, as Tuomas and the band have said is very catchy and has a nearly-pop-sounding chorus, very much an ideal song for a single. With the full power of the London Session Orchestra behind them and a full choir as well, the song immediately blasts you after a soft opening. Anette is the sole vocalist on the track and much of her vocals are accompanied with a strong drumbeat with the orchestra playing lightly in the background for most of the song. The chorus is basically the song, very catchy with Anette's vocals layered on top of each other for a very nice-sounding harmony. A fun song and much more easily accessible than the rest of DPP. 9/10
2) Reach (Amaranth Demo Version): Reach is basically Amaranth with no orchestra and Marco singing vocals (presumably this was recorded before Anette joined the band). It is very much a demo, but still worth a listen. The chorus is completely different and for much of the song, Marco's strong falsetto seems to be in pain. 7/10, though it is a demo.
3) Eva (Orchestral Version): I loved Eva. I was always surprised by NW's decision to release a ballad as their first single, but it is an excellent song. Always nice that Nightwish chooses to release instrumental versions of their tracks because the orchestrations are very well-done and always worth a listen. 8/10
4) While Your Lips Are Still Red: While this is not a Nightwish song, it is definitely my favorite on the album. Written by Tuomas for a Finnish film "Lieska," it was originally written for a female vocalist to sing, but after hearing Marco record a demo of it, the director was convinced that Marco would stay. I am very glad he did because this song unleashes a softer side to Marco's voice we have not yet heard from in his time with Nightwish (The Islander from DPP, a Marco-only track is close to it, but not really). The vocal and piano parts of this piece are phenomenal and it is a very beautiful and emotional track. I hope that Tuomas continues to do works like this in the future, whether for NW or on the side. 9.5/10

Conclusion: Amaranth is a great single sampling an even better album. Pick up a copy to whet your appetite for DPP (if you're a NW fan, of course). If you don't really know NW or didn't like Tarja's vocals, have a listen to Amaranth and if it's something you like, buy DPP when it comes out.

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better Believe What You Hear Sept. 16 2007
By Richard G. Hoff - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
What a Great CD. There are two versions of this cd out for sale. I got both of them on one CD for just one simple price from Metal Haven in Chicago, IL. This Mini Single (that I have) gives you the original Amaranth, Orchestrational, Demo. Plus as a special bonus of "While Your Lips Are Still Red." This Mini CD packs a good punch. Starting with Amaranth, this gives you a good sound of what the album should sound like with a new vocalist. I don't know her name, but I'm sure when the Dark Passion Plays comes out I'll know it then. This song could have been a left over from Once. It's in the same vein as that album was taken. When I first heard it, it reminded me of the song "Nemo", it gives off the feeling of searching for a name and then found it. Then you have REACH. This is a demo version, this is the name that Amaranth was to have. This has Marco singing on it. To me, this seems like a duet song live, it should be. Then you have EVA the Orchestral Version. No singing just the Orchestra playing. Then WHILE YOUR LIPS ARE STILL RED. Thankfully I didn't have to search the ends of the seas for this song. Then on CD2 you have the original AMARANTH, the orchestal version of AMARANTH and then the demo version of EVA. The EVA demo version has Marco singing again. I wonder if Tuomas was thinking about releasing this album with Marco singing if they couldn't find a replacement for Tarja. If you've heard Tarot, Marco's band you gte the idea of his voice. If Amaranth is what is to come on Dark Passion Play I just can't wait. I believe that I will enjoy Dark Passion Play compared to the Once album.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Buy the album, not the single Oct. 21 2007
By D. Laehn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have been a loyal Nightwish fan and proudly own all albums and have even been to a couple concerts, so I feel that I can honestly say, hold off on the single and buy the full album for the same, or less, price tag. The album, Dark Passion Play, is phenominal, however the tracks featured on this single are less-than-adequate and not the best showing of the groups (and new singers) talent. Save your money - or just get the full album.
5.0 out of 5 stars their best single in years Dec 1 2012
By Andy H. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Amaranth is simply one of Nightwish's top three most approachable songs. The distinctive melody and heavy distorted guitars provide the unique catchy feelings which many metal lovers might find it appealing. This cd contains some great materials like Amaranth, demo version, demo version of Eva, and While Your Lips are still Red. This four track cd may simply satisfied its listeners because of a spectacular combination of melodic sound. I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves heavily distorted guitar symphonic metal with female vocals.
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of new Nightwish Aug. 22 2009
By Amanda L. Conley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Annette has a long way to go, but she shines in Amaranth. Though Reach, the original version of Amaranth where Marco is singing, is kind of a weak link... While Your Lips Are Still Red more than makes up for it, and that song alone made the CD worth getting. This music is beautiful to the point of being addictive, and I have faith that Annette has every potential to be a great addition to Nightwish from now on.

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