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Album Review: Imaginaerum

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U.S. Release Date: January 10th, 2012

Six years after their first album with new singer Anette Olzon, the Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish is back with Imaginaerum. According to the band’s website, the album was inspired by various composers such as Hans Zimmer, film director Tim Burton, and author Neil Gaiman.  This album definitely has the feel of all three and then some, guiding the listener through a wonderful and dark fantasy world. Some people think that Anette Olzon’s vocals aren’t as good as former singer Tarja Turunen. If you give the ballad “Turn Loose the Mermaids” a listen, then you might change your mind. Of course, she’s not the only one singing on this album. Marco Hietala, the bassist, also lends his deep and powerful voice to the Finnish song “Taikatalvi” as well as some other tracks. Another notable track is “Song of Myself”. At thirteen minutes, it is the longest song on the album and for good reason. It was inspired by poet Walt Whitman and his poem Song of Myself, and not only includes vocals but spoken word poems as well. Overall, this is a fantastic album.

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  1. I checked out the two songs you mentioned in this post on YouTube and instantly fell in love with them. Great review. 😀


    January 10, 2012 at 12:45 AM

  2. I love this album. In particular Rest Calm and I Want My Tears Back. Love your review and I agree, you can really hear those three influences through the record 🙂

    Summer Grant

    January 7, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    • I love this album too; I like Rest Calm, I Want My Tears Back, Imaginaerum, Taikatalvi, Song of Myself, and Turn Loose the Mermaids 😀
      Do you know about the movie they’ve made to promote the album?


      January 7, 2012 at 8:02 PM

      • Yeah, I love Taikatalvi as well, it’s beautiful. All the songs are amazing 😀 Yeah I’ve heard about it, I can’t wait to see it sounds like it’ll be pretty good. I really want to see them live.

        Summer Grant

        January 8, 2012 at 4:14 AM

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