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Colours In The Dark

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Following up on the success of the multi-platinum and gold awarded previous records My Winterstorm (2007) and What Lies Beneath (2010), Tarja finally returns with her long-awaited new rock album Colours In The Dark.

This CD includes over 60 minutes of new music. Mixed and mastered by Tim Palmer in Austin, Texas (Pearl Jam, U2), the songs on Colours In The Dark do not shy away from taking a risk and surprising musical turns, introducing new sounds and new musical atmospheres. Still, they maintain a heaviness that will surely bring a big smile to the hardest of rockers. With its grand orchestra and choir arrangements, Tarja's next milestone emphasizes once again the impressive vocal range of the Finnish artist and shows her artistic growth.

Colours In The Dark is definitely going to be one of the brightest moments for rock in 2013.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 24, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Armoury Records
  • ASIN: B00DOQK2AK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,364 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I immediately fell in love with this album (and Tarja), so to speak. From the first note to the last lyric, this album captured my attention. There are various themes presented throughout the songs, accompanied with great lyrics and intricate and exciting instrumentals.

Tarja is perhaps the greatest definition of Opera Metal I can supply. This album serves as a prime example. Too many albums in the Opera Metal genre are more Metal than Opera for my taste, and too many Opera Metal singers don't have a voice that can truly match the style. I defy you to find someone more qualified to exemplify this genre than Tarja, submitting this album as evidence. And if you believe you've found someone, please let me know because I want to hear her!
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I always look forward to any new material from Tarja.
This CD did not disappoint. She has hard rock, continues with her signature classical blend and also goes straight metal babe on my personal favorite, "Neverlight". I am listening to this over and over, not yet tired of it!

I have not yet downloaded my bonus track, "Into the Sun".

One complaint is the many versions of the album: I want the most tracks and collections of her music, but each incarnation has a whole different set up. I would have bought the big limited edition, but it was not available at time of my pre-order.
Still, this solo album makes me happy, 10 tracks and all.
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I know that some people out there would not like me saying this, but whilst I really love Tarja's voice and her Nightwish era (I actually think that the real Nightwish is restricted to their having Tarja as vocals), I really disliked part of her solo career. I thought that albums like What Lies Beneath were mostly weird sounding and indistinct (the songs did not sound original at all, in my opinion). In spite of my past experience, I heard a few songs on this new album, and I thought I should give it a try. I'm glad I did. The album seems to me like a cornerstone in her solo career; I have the feeling that she has finally recovered what was hers back with Nightwish - a great voice and originality. I honestly liked this album, some of the songs like Lucid Dreamer, Mystique Voyage, and Deliverance are good songs that highlight her amazing voice again. I've been listening to it over and over in my car for the past few days and I still haven't had enough of it. A good pick :)
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I have loved certain songs from Tarja's previous albums, but this is the one that I can listen to from top to bottom, front to back, and love every piece of it. Personal favorites: Medusa, 500 Letters, and Victim of Ritual.
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I absolutely love this album.

As good as it is, the songs grow on you even more, the more you listen to it.

Her voice takes you for a ride on this album.

My favorite songs tend to change the more I listen to them.

For now, Victim Of Ritual, 500 Letters, Mystique Voyage and Until Silence are songs that I'm listening to over and over.....But, I love them all.

A must buy for Tarja fans.

My review was based on audio that I listened to from Youtube.
I just purchased the Mp3 album from Amazon and what a difference in audio quality.
This album is even more incredible.

Now I have to purchase the CD which will have even higher quality audio than Mp3.
If you love soaring voices, then do yourself a favor and purchase this amazing album.
( After writing a review before the Mp3 purchase, based on Youtube video uploads, and then purchasing the Mp3, I DID PURCHASE THE CD after writing this review. It should arrive in a day or so.) Can't wait !!!

As far as not liking an album or song(s) at first and then liking them later.
That's why hasty reviews should be ignored.

I love the super group U2.

When Achtung Baby was released in Nov 1991, I hated it. I was expecting something more like "Joshua Tree"
After a few listens I placed the CD back on the shelf. A few weeks later I decided to give it another try. "Achtung Baby" became one of my favorite albums ever. I ended up seeing 8 U2 concerts in 1992. They covered much of that new album too.

So, I would avoid hastily made bad reviews by customers or critics.

This album grows and grows on you. If you get a chance to view some Youtube videos of Tarja singing her new songs performed at the Olomouc Festival Oct. 18-20 2013, you'll love the absolute power of her voice and the songs. It's Tarja at her absolute best.
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Thank you Amazon for the box set. The vinyl size booklet is just a blow-up of the same cd booklet from any digipak. The posters? Well, can live with or without them. The T-shirt is good. L fits me but are we not supposed to hang it on the wall just like the posters? The box itself is beautiful. Now the cd. This digipak is well made with a bit of thought put into it. Now, the music is incredible. I luv Tarja's singing. Every new Tarja cds get better than the previous ones.This is what excites!! ...and thank you Tarja for the music.
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A review I did for my webzine and decided to share it here to help persuade people to buy this wonderful album.

he most anticipating album of Tarja's has finally released and this is by far her greatest yet. With each new album Tarja shows that she is growing and she is getting comfortable with her writing. Colours in the Dark is an album of many varieties. Fans of all genres can gain something. There is nothing to hate, at least I don't think so.

The album contains 10 tracks, plus some bonuses depending on the edition you buy, including 'Into the Sun' which was introduced to us in her live DVD, 'Act 1'. Those who do not find this album to be a masterpiece are obviously deaf and know no good music! (Just kidding, but seriously.)

The tracks that stand out, in my opinion, are '500 Letters', 'Lucid Dreamer', 'Mystique Voyage', 'Until Silence' 'Into the Sun', and 'Medusa'. Lets discuss three songs from this album. You can read our review of 'Victim of Ritual' single on our site.

'Mystique Voyage' is truly the most beautiful song of the album. This song was written in 3 different languages, plus French title, and tells us the story of Tarja's journeys. It creates a huge euphoric experience and it truly feels you have gone on the voyage with her.

"Welcome to my Mystique Voyage
An inner trip to fantasy, freedom and love
A conquest of fear, lonesomeness and dislike
Welcome to my world"

'Until Silence' hit me the hardest on a personal level. This is only my opinion of the song, but I felt it was a suicide note. I am not saying Tarja is suicidal, no, so please do not start worrying, but as a person who thinks of suicide a lot, I took it personally.
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