Nightwish Dark Passion Play Album

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Release information about the album
Release Date: 10/02/2007
Tracks in Dark Passion Play: The Poet And The Pendulum, Bye Bye Beautiful, Amaranth, Cadence Of Her Last Breath, Master Passion Greed, Eva, Sahara, Whoever Brings The Night, For The Heart I Once Had, The Islander, Last Of The Wilds, 7 Days To The Wolves, Meadows Of Heaven

Dark Passion Play Album Tracklist

Nothing is more divine than purity | Reviewer: Pheonix | 3/8/11

Some lyrics are a complete vague which in fact does not show a real meaning like the lyrics in Amaranth!!I love the poetic lyrics but still don,t know what it,s saying!In fact,nightwish is a great band and i,m a big fan of nightwish but sometimes,i wonder if within temptation mus+ be better....!i,m kind of confused!And besides,i don,t really care about the vocals whether it,s tarja or annette or sharon!what that matters most to me is actually the reavealing lyrics and yes of course,the music!what we expect most from nightwish is some heavier,faster stuffs!that,s all i can say!Okay,okay,nightwish is one of my favourites and farewell to tarja!

Regular disc: 10/10. Instemental disc: 10/10. | Reviewer: singwhatyoucan'tsay | 5/25/10

I bought the collector's edition of this album, thinking that if I didn't like Annette's voice so much, it would still be worth my money. I'm so glad I bought this version. I love Annette's voice. You can tell that Nightwish has moved on from their split with Tarja. This My head spins whenever "The Poet and the Pendulum" starts. And it continues to spin throughout the entire album's 70+ minutes. Not to mention the orchestral version.

And the lyrics...they're beautiful in their own dark way. One reason why I fell in love with Nightwish is because of the poetic lyrics. I'm glad that the change of singer didn't affect Toumas's lyrics. Yes, these songs are darker than what the band usually does, but there is still hope placed in the lyrics.

This album is worth the money. If you don't like Annette's voice, I suggest you get the collector's edition, so you'll have an instrumental version of this album to listen to. If you're like me, and love Annette's voice, get the collector's edition anyway.

I would recommend this to anyone who is a fan of any type of music. This has heavy metal, opera, Celtic, and just about everything in between.

Review | Reviewer: Isharu | 12/28/09

Frankly this cd is overall pretty good, its got the appropriate instrumentals of Last of the Wilds. Rock, the cd can be both soothing and have its upbeat moments at the same time without ruining the theme of the cd at all. As for that whole business on a review about having their "creative license removed" well... all i can really say is clearly that person doesnt know the music industry, its not like being a cop or doctor or anything like that.

I mean honestly if you needed a license to make music, how would you lose it? Public nudity... well i think most musical celebrities have covered racism, indecency, bad music, whineyness, dui's, just about anything that would get a license removed on anyone... lol

Anyways overall the nightwish cd is definately good to listen to if your someone who can appreciate good beat in music.

@ themetalheadreviewer | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/9/09

Please, for the love of god, stop reviewing albums and spamming them on here. Your review was probably the biggest joke i've seen in weeks. One of the most biased, and frankly uninformed reviews i've seen. Your essentially trying to say "This band should not have the creative license to create the music they want and should create the same exact albums every single time, or it won't be good enough". Garbage.

Tuomas has said it himself and it is evident on the album, that the entire band was held back by tarja and felt more and more like the band was about her exclusively. It was a very, very brave move both in the professional and the personal area to do such a major change like that, especially with simple minded viewers such as yourself (not exclusively you, a majority of music listeners simply do not like new or different things).

This album is incredible. Every song stands out and has its own meanings. I've listened to all their previous albums extensively, and while I love the sound they had back then, they have moved on. The composition of these songs are so well done that I find myself loving each song more as I listen to them more. Not to mention the orchestral version which is a work of art on its own.

Anette is an amazing singer. She's not tarja. Get over it. She performs incredibly well in both the album and live, considering the reputation she is forced to uphold. Nightwish was never meant to be tarja with some backup musicians, and Anette fits in 1000x better then tarja would in this album.

So if you want the same old nightwish sound that is on their 5-6 other albums, don't look here. They made some great symphonic/power metal albums in the past, but this is not it. If you want to see a refreshingly new and inspirational album by an extremely talented band that is finally free from any creative restrictions, then look here. If you want an album that defies the simple minded critics like you will see below and is made of the music the band wanted to make, not what critics wanted, look here. If you want incredible music that breaks barriers between metal, "pop", folk, and orchestral music, and something with a thousand times more depth then you will find on the radio, buy this album. You won't regret it.

11/10 by far. Highlights include The poet and the pendulum, cadence of her last breath, eva, the islander, last of the wilds; but every song is worth a listen. The band moved on. Deal with it but don't criticize them for doing what they want, although shocking in the narrow minded music industry, it created an amazing album and a promise of even more incredible feats from this one of a kind band.

Nightwish | Reviewer: Angel | 8/17/09

Whay do you think that Tarja wouldn't be as popular whitout Nightwish probablly not but then again there wouldn't be Nightwish whitout her. Because lot of people start lisen to them becouse of her voice. And if you had read the beginings of Nightwish her and Toumas started the band. I proven my point.

A decent album, but the new singer isn't the only issue.. | Reviewer: TheMetalHeadReviewer | 3/14/09

Symphonic power metal band Nightwish released their new album "Dark Passion Play" in 2007, but there is something different about this release. Enter new vocalist Anette Olzon, from the ABBA cover band Alyson Avenue. Unlike the previous singer, Tarja Turunen, she does not have the same experience and classical training as she did. As a result, she has difficulty adjusting to their style as she seems that she cannot sing the songs live very well. But I think this is only the surface of the bands problems. Another issue is the fact that their musicmanship that was displayed on previous albums such as "Oceanborn" and "Wishmaster", are almost gone from their current albums. "Century Child" saw a decline of this trend, which means less melody and technicality in the music in general, and it has been sliding on every album since that release. It seems that their newer music, despite having a good number of standout tracks, is falling into the category of having a more "mainstream" metal sound, similiar to what Lacuna Coil and Within Temptation is now. Here is the load down of each song:

1. The Poet and the Pendulum: By far the best song on the album. Excellent music, lyrics, and orchestral effects. Indeed an instant classic in the symphonic metal genre! (10/10)

2. Bye Bye Beautiful: A song written about former singer, Tarja Turunen. Not bad, but it falls flat due to the lack of original songwriting. (6.8/10)

3. Amaranth: This is probably the most mainstream song on the album. The song isn't that impressive except for the chorus. (6.3/10)

4. Cadence of Her Last Breath: This is probably the worst song by Nightwish ever. A very generic song and reminds me of Lacuna Coil or Evanescence. Emppu's solo brings this song out of mediocrity! (3.5/10)

5. Master Passion Greed: An extremely angry metal song written about Tarja's husband, Marcello. An excellent song for metalheads, but some of the lyrics are too silly and really bring this song down. (7.8/10)

6. Eva: A slow piano driven song. The lyrics are okay but the song is missing substance. (5.3/10)

7. Sahara: This is one of the standout tracks. An excellent opening but slows down a little bit later. Still a decent track to listen to. (7.2/10)

8. Whoever Brings the Night: If you want an evil, seductive song by Nightwish, this is it! One of Nightwish's darkest songs and good nonetheless. (8.3/10)

9. For the Heart I Once Had: Despite Anette having probably her best features of her vocals expressed in this song, the song is pretty average and isn't that great. (5.3/10)

10. The Islander: This is the second best song on the album. Driven by traditional celtic music and has an awesome flow. Also, Marco's vocals are great here too! Great song! (9.2/10)

11. Last of the Wilds: Leaving right where The Islander left off. A celtic driven instrumental. Not as good as "Moondance", but still good.

12. 7 Days To the Wolves: Some parts sound too much like Within Temptation in this song. The part that makes it stand out is the long breakdown in the middle and Marco's vocals. An okay song, but not great. (6.5/10)

13. Meadows of Heaven: Similar style to Eva, but a lot better. The gospel singers at the end add to this song indeed. (7.5/10)

Overall, a good album, especially if you never heard of this band before. But if you want their best material, go back to the albums of Oceanborn and Wishmaster because they are better.

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Just a Point Of View From An Unknown | Reviewer: Silpheed | 1/3/09

1. Tarja is Tarja....that's it...
She was a b*** what? she sang...really really well...BUT..she was a b***h...
2. Anette is Anette(again) she is more doesn't have that...something(oh well)
3. The REAL one that Deserves THE CREDITS it's the one that wrote the actual Lyrics...
without lyrics no matter how great your voice is...I won't listen to you...
4. The Only Songs that impressed me(not like anyone cares what I feel) were " Bye Bye Beautiful " ...and of course..the greatest " The Poet And The Pendulum)
5. WE...They are humans...Forgive Them

Nightwish | Reviewer: PsychoSam | 5/19/08

Nightwish got me listining 2rock a major move from hiphop.. i hav all the albums and the hood loved em until tarja left.. maybe Marco should be lead singer
Annettes gud in her own way but without the epic opera touch.. its good bye nightwish and hello andrea boceli..

Annette vs Tarja | Reviewer: Adam | 2/7/08

Nightwish could have had the best singer in the world (some would say they did) but if she was being a f***head to the rest of the band then she deserve to be kicked out regardless of her talent. How many of you have read the actual letter to Tarja about her sacking? She said that she was simply a guest singer to Nightwish, didn't need them and was going to do only one more album before disbanding the band (pardon the pun) regardless of what the others wanted to do. She got what she deserved. Whether their music is better for it I'll leave up to you, but at least we'll have more Nightwish albums to come.

whatever | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/2/08

you people need to get over some things tarja has
a beatiful voice yes but the band is changing and change is not a bad thing anette is not trying to be tarja she is trying to be anette so just get over it

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