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Deep Shadows & Brilliant Highlights

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Deep Shadows & Brilliant Highlights, the third album from HIM, the Finnish band that has redefined goth rock since its inception in 1996. Lead Singer Ville Valo writes spiritual songs about friendship, trust & love. They are songs of longing - but they are delivered with attitude. For every moment of sorrow there's always a mischievous smile, & a killer left hook to knock you out cold. That may be why the album is called Deep Shadows & Brilliant Highlights - a photography term used to describe those old black & whites of the likes of Greta Garbo. The album, too, is heavy on sharp contrasts. You can't help but notice that the 'love metal' of HIM's first two albums has turned into something significantly deeper, a scorching yin & yang concoction the band likes to refer to as 'Scandinavian blues'. Ville hates the Beatles & red meat, but loves Gene Simmons & Edgar Allan Poe....those choices speak volumes.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Salt In Your Wounds
  2. Heartache Every Moment
  3. Lose You Tonight
  4. In Joy And Sorrow
  5. Pretending
  6. Close To The Flame
  7. Please Don't Let It Go
  8. Beautiful
  9. Don't Close Your Heart
  10. Love You Like I Do

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 28, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • ASIN: B0002ZMIY4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,444 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Bjorn Clasen on September 28, 2001
Format: Audio CD
HIM is the best rock band around these last years. And this third album 'Deep Shadows And Brilliant Highlights', with the politically incorrect cover of lead singer Ville Valo holding a cigarette (and wearing makeup of course), keeps going in the exact same style as the two former albums.
In other words: no surprises but no disappointments either. Good rock music, well-arranged melodies, love'n'hate lyrics... business as usual!
The album starts greatly with a potential hit, 'Salt In Our Wounds' (typical HIM lyrics). Then proceeds with another catchy rock song, 'Heartache Every Moment'. It's unmistakably the HIM sound!
From track 3 on, it becomes more routine. Like 'we've heard this before', including the single 'Pretending' which is a good song but very ordinary. On track 6, the more silently rocking 'Close To The Flame', this routine becomes nearly a bit boring - but then the album goes uphill again.
'Beautiful' is another rather calm song, still in the usual HIM style but more thought through and polishedly arranged, and yet pretty straight forward.
'Don't Close Your Heart' is a very catchy song, also a potential hit since it sounds a lot like 'Pretending'...
...but the brilliant highlight on 'Deep Shadows And Brilliant Highlights' is the closing and pretty long 'Love You Like I Do', with its cool guitar sound, its amazing keyboards, its heavily slowish feel, its quiet rough sound!! Great!
So, all in all, another worthwhile HIM album, though continuing in the exact same style as before.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By danny on October 10, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I'd like to start by stating that unlike most reviewers (or so it seems), i only give an album 5 stars if i find it to be completely outstanding and deserving of five stars. So when i give this album five stars... trust me, in my opinion, it deserves it
1. Salt In Our Wounds - 4/5 - This song definately does a great job at setting the tone for the rest of the album. The verses of the song are rather somber and laid back, but then it breaks into the chorus which is very melodic and much heavier. Sounds very much like an old 80's goth/rock love song. Reminds me alot of the cure.
2. Heartache Every Moment - 3/5 - I give this a 3 out of 5 simply because it's not bad, but it's not great. It's simply a good song. I definately like the verses in this song more than the chorus. The chorus kind of gets old very quickly, but the lyrics to the whole song are great. One of the more heavy songs on the album, though it has a touch of popness to it because of the bells being played in the backround.
3. Lose You Tonight - 3/5 - At first i probably would've given this song a 2 out of 5, but it is one of those songs that really grows on you. However, i'm beginning to go back to being sick of this song. The chorus is decent, but the song lacks the beauty and the energy of all the other songs on the album.
4. In Joy and Sorrow - 5/5 - What more can i say? This is my favorite song off of my favorite album done by my favorite (or atleast tied with favorite :P ) band. So basically it represents everything i like in music. It starts out by going into the lyrics almost right away, with no musical entrance or anything of the sort. As is the case with many HIM songs, the chorus is what makes this song what it is.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M Butler on April 15, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is probably HIM's lightest album (which is saying something, all things considered). All the signature traights of HIM are present here from the mellowing baritone vocals to the soulful electronica style guitar work and piano interludes. There is more acoustic work on this album than on their other efforts, which in some senses compromises the quality slightly, but on the other hand shows the skill with which the band handles this particular type of music. I say it hinders the qualtiy only because after about 4 acoustic-y songs in a row, they kind of start to sound the same. Once again, some of the songs have those signature catchy tunes such as the first few tracks (salt in our wounds, heartache every moment, and lose you tonight). Good musical quality, but the album as a whole could use a bit more variety.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Greg on September 28, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is HIM's third full-length album, but only their second album to be released in the U.S. (the other album was "Razorblade Romance). The only difference between this version and the import version is that they were released on different record labels...and this U.S. version is MUCH cheaper. All the songs and artwork are the same though.

This was a great album for HIM, although it's probably their most radio-friendly and commercial sounding album, it has all the deep lyrics and romantic melodies over heavy guitar. While most of the band's other albums are generally heavier or more experimental, this album focuses on the softer sides of the group...particuarlly on songs like "In Joy And Sorrow", "Close To The Flame" and "Beautiful". But as I said, some of the group's rock n' roll side is shown on songs like "Salt In Our Wounds" and "Lose You Tonight". And ofcourse songs like "Pretending" and "Heartache Every Moment" were big hits for the group. Oh, and anyone who is a fan of Bam Margera knows how big of a HIM fan he is. Bam's movie "Haggard" featured 5 songs off of this album! Anyway, this is a terrific album whether you're a fan of Type O Negative or The Cure.

01) "SALT IN OUR WOUNDS" - Begins with a Radiohead type drum-loop and starts slow, but builds to a rockin' chorus!

02) "HEARTACHE EVERY MOMENT" - One of the album's singles, heavy guitar layered by piano.

03) "LOSE YOU TONIGHT" - Just a good song to rock out to!

04) "IN JOY AND SORROW" - Another single, a slow-paced love song.

05) "PRETENDING" - The album's major single, a good rockin' love song.

06) "CLOSE TO THE FLAME" - The album's slowest song, similar to "One Last Time."

07) "PLEASE DON'T LET IT GO" - One of my favorites.
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