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Love it! :D

Its fantastic but for the sake of not having this get blown up by metal fans who know this isn't a metal album i would change the catagory to classical or something more towards what the music really is.

Strange yet hauntingly beautiful

I hope that the instrumental version of this album will be released in digital form.
As for this album, I recommend it to anyone who is a fan of Yanni, James Horner, Harry Gregson-Willaims, the Narnia movies, etc. It is a beautiful musical tribute to a fun and fascinating comic series. A word of note, though: if you're not familiar with the story, "The Last Laird of Clan McDuck," then "Duel and Cloudscapes" will be a bit jarring. The only warnings that the song is going to change its tone entirely are the percussion and thunder. I shook my head and chuckled as I imagined the clan ancestors golfing and gabbing, but I'll probably skip ahead on my track every time I listen to it.

I loved laying back and imagining the vistas of heathery moors, the Badlands, the Australian Outback and the Cave of Dreams. It was amazing visualizing the epic battle for Castle McDuck in "Duel and Cloudscapes," and I love the emotional tension in "To Be Rich." I'm so glad that "Goodbye Papa" is not sad and entirely somber. It has some beautiful orchestration in it, and the choir provided a nice complement to it.

There are parts that I do not like, but most of my complaints are related to the vocalists, which is why I would like to pick up a copy of the instrumental version of the album (it is currently sold out on the one website I looked at). The female vocalist was a little annoying on "Dreamtime," and in "To be Rich" where she sounded like she was keening. I understand the concept and it does complement Scrooge's sisters' reactions in the ending of "The Richest Duck in the World," but it sounded a little too deliberate to be mourning, and it pulled me out of the state my imagination was in and made me pay attention to her. I do love the song itself; I just did not like the extra vocalizations before the song.
Another spot that jolted me was the weird Chipette sounding female vocalization during the chorus in "Go Slowly Now Sands of Time." Just... Ugh. I apologize to Alvin and the Chipmunk fans, but I am not fond of that sound and it did not belong in Scrooge's song.
I also would have preferred hearing Tony singing "The Last Sled" in first person on the verses instead of having the narration. That said, "The Last Sled" is probably my favorite song on the album. I love different things about each song and each one is catchy.

I've had bits of the banjo part, the didgeridoo, "Cold Hearts," "Last Sled," and "Go Slowly Now" alternating through my head since the first time I listened to the album. Thanks for the musical journey, Mr. Holopainen, and thanks to everyone else involved.

A fun soundtrack album that’s worth listening to…

… if you like that kind of thing.

It’s not a Nightwish album, but you can certainly hear similarities. I’ve enjoyed this album a few times, and think it’s definitely worth the purchase.


Born: December 25, 1976 in Kitee, Finland

Genre: Rock

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

Known primarily as the mastermind behind Finnish symphonic metal collective Nightwish, composer, multi-instrumentalist, screenwriter, and producer Tuomas Lauri Johannes Holopainen was born in the town of Kitee on December 25, 1976. An ardent student of jazz, classical, heavy metal, and film music, Holopainen began playing live in 1993. He formed Nightwish in 1997 and, as of 2014, has issued seven studio albums with the group. He issued his debut...
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The Life and Times of Scrooge, Tuomas Holopainen
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Metal, Music, Rock
  • Released: Apr 15, 2014

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