NIGHTWISH - Imaginaerum

Kategorie: CD-Reviews | Genre: Metal | Heft: Jahrgang 2012, eclipsed Nr. 137 / 2-2012 | VÖ-Jahr: 2012 | Wertung: 7/10 | Label: Nuclear Blast | Autor: ML

While the first album with the Swedish singer Anette Olzon, "Dark Passion Play", was rather a "down to earth" story by Nightwish standards, the quintet turns the big wheels again on their eighth album. And without really setting off for new shores. Because they lack the musical genius to do so. But Olzon, who replaced the popular Tarja Turunen, seems to have arrived with her voice. Loriot would probably say, "There used to be more tinsel." On "Imaginaerum" Nightwish go into depth, both musically and lyrically. The story told here will shed more light on its visual implementation. It can be expected in the next few months. First there's the audio pleasure, where Olzon is more rock compatible, but also more sensitive than Tarja was. Musically, the work is prolix, without losing the thread, playful, without appearing virtuoso, and symphonically broad, without drifting into the gay. The album, composed, texted and produced by keyboarder Tuomas Holopainen, has for the most part a powerful drive and offers great melody arcs.

Top track: I Want My Tears Back

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