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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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