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Part 2

This is part 2 of my review of Dark Passion Play, since it exceded by 4800 characters. The first part is in the normal version. Anyway, here's the rest: The Poet and The Pendulum: The album starts by immediately showing off their new vocalist, Annette. Starts out smooth, then quickly escalades into a magnificent piece throughout the middle of the song, then slowly descends back to a haunting tune which expertly applies a transition from this track to the next Bye Bye Beautiful: The second track starts out strong, leaving you dying for Annette to begin, leaving you at her mercy. When she does start, she outdoes herself and hands the stage to Marco when the chorus starts. After a bit, there’s a slight pause where they chant “How bad can it be, don’t you see”. This section is expertly placed right when you start to get pumped up, leaving you dangling as the suspense escalades until at last it begins again and you feel incredibly relieved and powerful. This track is similar to “Wish I had An Angel” on the album Once. Amaranth: The single of the album, Tuomas attempts to replicate the success of “Nemo” with a similar opening. This opening consists of a beautiful piano melody which later transforms into a nice blend of keys, drums, guitar, and bass. The chorus is very uplifting Cadence Of Her Last Breath: This song starts out with heavy breathing and quickly shifts into a haunting riff that leads into an adrenaline fueled song that leaves you crazy with fear when it ends Master Passion Greed: This song continues the heavy streak with a heavy riff and extremely pissed-off vocals by Marco. After a while, the song keeps escalating to the point that you feel the fires of Hell on your skin. Eva: This song decides to give you a break from the blood-pumping previous ones by letting you down with a slow, flowing melody that tells of a young girl who is out on her own Sahara: The next three songs show less effort and are not as easy to sit through, but are still amazing nonetheless. Anyway, the track “Sahara” is slightly creepy with a very nice opening Whoever Brings The Night: This track isn’t as heavy as Master Passion Greed, but sounds like a lot more because it doesn’t have the flow that Master Passion had, but still has very dark lyrics such as “You and I are wh*re and a bashful sailor welcome to the sunrise of a dirty mind” For The Heart I Once had: On any other CD it would be the best track there is, but it doesn’t live up to the standards of the first few The Islander: The album finally breaks out of that slow, hard to listen to section by introducing one of my personal favorites, The Islander. This track is almost all Marco and is very simple but in an amazing way Last Of The Wilds: This track is the best instrumental song I’ve ever heard. The reason it is so is because the verses and chorus are made up of a flawless violin tune as if it were the vocals instead of Annette, showing the violin have almost a conversation with the rest of the instruments 7 Days To The Wolves: Ah, another of my favorites. 7 Days to the Wolves is a hard song but played in a way that it seems softer and more listenable, an effect that is almost impossible to pull off. The chorus is sung by Marco, and is amazingly folky but yet hard, putting you in a small village with people all around you running from a pack of wolves Meadows Of Heaven: At last, the moment we’ve all been waiting for. Meadows Of Heaven is the grand finale, the best track of them all. It starts out slow and drawing, but yet beautiful with lyrics that put you in the rolling pastures and sunny skies described in the song. The first time the chorus is sung, it is very inspirational and soothing, but after the verse that follows it becomes instrumental, letting you feel the warmth of the sun on your face and the grass under your feet. Once that has been done, the song immediately shifts into a souring harmony of choruses and a variety of instruments which are topped off by an extremely inspirational guitar solo that makes you feel a strange warmth in the pit of your stomach, making you feel like the hero or savior of any movie. Once that is over, it goes back into soft mode for one verse, making you hold out just a bit longer for the spectacular conclusion. When the chorus starts again, it is weaving in and out of every single style of chorus and orchestra you can think of and keeps on escalating until it reaches a point where your heart is about to burst. At that moment, it draws back for a few seconds, leaving you dying to hear the rest, and when the music starts again you reach a point where you break down in tears. As the song starts to wrap up, it shows off a gospel choir that completely captures the moment at its fullest, and then finally reaches a conclusion, leaving you so happy you want to hug every living thing on Earth. Well, that is my review on the album Dark Passion Play. For ten dollars, you shouldn’t even ask questions, but immediately click the “buy” button. If you do choose to purchase it, then listen to it in bed with your eyes closed from start to finish. I guarantee that once it is over, you will be back dying for more.

WOW.

No offense to those die-hard Tarja fans, but Anette is EXACTLY what Nightwish needed. Her voice is gorgeous, and fits in with the music perfectly. She's not Tarja by any means, but I think that's for the best. She's got many more styles and attitudes than Tarja had. If you are going to buy Dark Passion Play, definately go for this version. It's 1110% worth it. Not only can you hear the songs with Anette's gorgeous voice, you can also opt for wordless versions of the songs. And don't think they two versions'll sound the same. The songs sound much different without lyrics. And not in a bad way either. Lyricless, you can really appreciate the band's knack for composing GREAT music. This album has a huge range of music styles. From the slowest and softest, to the hardest and fastest song Nightwish has ever performed. From incorpoating the Soprano Boys into The Poet And The Pendelum, to using a Gospel Choir in Meadows of Heaven. And it all flows seamlessly. In my view, this is the MUST-HAVE album of all time. If you buy anything on iTunes, buy this. It's amazing. And worth every last cent. Every possible aspect of this album (and band) are perfect.

A pleasant surpirse from Nightwish

Even though the loss of Nightwish's original lead singer will be mourned, the new singer has turned out to be just as good. Not that she will ever take the place of Taja, Annet's voice is entierly different. While not as operatic sounding, the songs on the album still bring the same power that they did in Nightwish's past. Nightwish is still alive and well, and I hope that they have many more wonderful years of music ahead of them.

Biography

Formed: 1997 in Kitee, Finland

Genre: Rock

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

Following in the footsteps of the Gathering and Lacuna Coil (goth-influenced "symphonic" metal bands with female vocalists), Nightwish were formed in Kitee, Finland, in 1997 by keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen. Initially attempting to create acoustic music, he recruited trained opera vocalist Tarja Turunen, but soon added full metal band instrumentation in the persons of guitarist Emppo Vuorinen, bassist Sami Vänskä, and drummer Jukka Nevalainen. Nightwish's demos landed them a contract with the Finnish...
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