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Album Review

The reasons for Tarja Turunen's forced departure from Finnish power metal giants Nightwish remain unclear. The singer was unceremoniously dumped via an open letter, posted online, citing changes in her personality and business interests. Since then both parties have been surprisingly evasive about the subject, and many were hoping that Turunen would shed some light on the subject through her music. My Winter Storm, Tarja's first album of original material since the split, sees the singer lyrically defiant, but unwilling to deviate too much from the operatic metal style of her former posse. Now recording simply as Tarja, My Winter Storm topped the Finnish charts immediately upon its release, driven by the Mozart-inspired lead single "I Walk Alone." Overall, the album is softer and more reflective than her previous work, which tends to be the case when lead singers leave niche bands to pursue solo stardom, but the record is hampered by the compromise between her old and new styles. Clearly, Tarja wishes to branch out musically. She achieves this splendidly with "Oasis," a haunting symphonic opera track in her native tongue, the only composition credited solely to the singer. However, barring a couple of notable exceptions, including the single "Die Alive" and the thrashy "Ciarán's Well," the heavy metal aspect of My Winter Storm seems more of an afterthought than an integral element. They're straightforward pop rock songs with ill-fitting thrash riffs as a token gesture to fans, and as a result Tarja the singer never really gives herself a chance to shine.

Customer Reviews

Emotional, heartfelt, soulful.... but lacks "identity" at times

Recently reading kerrang's review I wanted to challenge their assumption that Tarja had indeed lost her identity and too an extent I have to agree. The large number of hired professionals that make up the backing tracks are exceptional, but it is not her.... it feels as if some aspects are more other peoples sucess than her own. This is my only true rant! The songs themselves are brilliant and "I walk alone" "The Seer" and "Poison" come highly recommended from me. Her voice is as epic as allways and carries a gut wrenching ability unlike many other voices in the industry. She will allways be compared back to her nightwish past, and while this album is by no means as heavy as Nightwish tended to lean sometimes. However it is more suited to her operatic voice, I personally will never forget the amazing vocals in Nightwish's "Planet Hell", you will not find such treats in this album. But if you are a fan of more "Nemo"-esq songs and ballards then look no further. There is no denying Tarja's ultimate talent, it is awe inspiring. I only hope that in the nest album to come she builds her image and identity without comprimising her talent as shown in this album. 4 stars only because I know she can improve on this already great feat. Download this album!

Tuomas must be kicking himself

What an album. This is by far the best work of Tarja's career, and that includes all of the Nightwish albums. Her voice just shines with warmth and emotion. I have never felt such a physical reaction as I did when listening to 'The Reign' and 'The Boy and the Ghost', goose-bumps and tears all over. I cant wait to see her in December, brilliant.

The best album I own.

This is easily the best album I own. It rocks. Tarja puts in a stunning performance on this album. I agree with other reviewers that Tarja lacks identity at times and is sometimes a bit too commercial.. ...but with this album she is no doubt back at her best. Go Tarja! .


Born: 17 August 1977 in Kitee, Finland

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Best known as the female vocalist for Finnish gothic/symphonic metal act Nightwish, Tarja (full name Tarja Soile Susanna Turunen) was born on August 17, 1977, in Kitee, Finland. Her prowess as a soprano landed her a place studying classical voice at the Sibelius Academy in Kuopio, where fellow student Tuomas Holopainen took on Tarja as vocalist for his musical project, which was to be christened Nightwish in 1996. Tarja continued to pursue solo interests during her time recording and touring with...
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