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Opheliac [Import]

Emilie AutumnAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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Courtney Love's "anarchy violinist" returns to the stage and is keeping the spotlight all to herself. With appearances on Leno and Letterman, glossy magazine covers, and guest spots on the albums of such artists as Love, Otep, Billy Corgan, and TV's "Metalocalypse," under her corset strings, Emilie Autumn's devilishly dark lyrics, metal-shredding violin solos, ... Read more in Amazon's Emilie Autumn Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 1, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Trisol
  • ASIN: B000MQ3U1S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #449,914 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So everybody thinks that I'm a f@*%ing Suicide Girl November 3, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Opheliac is one of those rare CDs that gets hyped without even being talked about. I live in a town where if you're not on the radio you're not known. Somehow, though, I was insanely anxious to get my hands on a copy. It took a while but all that anticipation was met gleefully with some of the most experimental and dark music I've had the pleasure of hearing in quite some time. Make no mistake, Emilie Autumn is definitely an acquired taste, but if you go in with an open mind then there's no way you won't come out satisfied.

Emilie Autumn, often referred to as the 'Anarchy Violinist', almost has duel personalities throughout the duration of Opheliac. On one hand you have the gentle, even innocent, soothing voice of a sweet girl. On the other hand you have this intense, screaming, hateful girl. When those polar opposites collide it's something to behold. Songs like the title track, Opheliac, and Liar demonstrate those two forces coming together in the most gorgeous ways possible. However, if it wasn't for the thick atmosphere in the background Emilie wouldn't be the same. Sure her lyrics are tremendous and her delivery is dead on, but that almost claustrophobic feel the beats create are amazing and help out more than I would've ever thought possible. Songs like the afforementioned Liar, I Want My Innocence Back, and God Help Me wouldn't be nearly as haunting without the often eery execution of the beats.

Opheliac opens with a nice little introduction before giving way Emilie's distorted vocals and offbeat delivery. For the most part though, it represents the rest of the record well. There's heavy industrial overtones, a lot of vocal experimentation, and an ever-present gothic feel. Swallow shows the diversity Opheliac sports from track to track.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great evolution of EA's sound October 22, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This is a big jump up from her previous CD "Enchant" - that wasn't a bad album at all, but one can sense that Emilie Autumn was still searching for her own voice as she was experimenting with different sounds. Her sound has come into its own on "Opheliac", in which her classical training and compositional skills really shine through her dramatic and theatrical flair. Stylistically this CD is very consistent - EA's influences still show (imagine Kate Bush jamming with Annie Lennox, Ute Lemper, Nigel Kennedy and Kraftwerk at a Shakespearean poetry recital), but she has melded the sounds of these various artists into something of her own. Standout tracks include the title track Opheliac, Swallow, Liar, Misery Loves Company and Gothic Lolita.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense November 9, 2007
Format:Audio CD
After discovering Emilie on myspace I tracked down Ophiliac and gave it a listen. I couldn't have been more impressed. I am a long time fan of the female classical/goth movement. I grew up with Switchblade Symphony and Rasputina so it was inevitable that EA would cross my path. EA has a wide range vocally and emotionally that come through quite well in Ophiliac. It took some doing but I tracked down the rest of her works on Projekt records site and picked up every CD she has made. It has proven interesting seeing such a diverse range of types music. I am definitely happy with this find.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing... January 16, 2007
Format:Audio CD
First off, I do not listen to industrial or anything really similar to this. I am into power metal and melodic death metal. I heard this girl did the strings on an episode of Metalocalypse and so i figured i'd check this one out. The whole cd is amazing, very epic, emotional, classical and melodic...the girl actually does Sweep-arpeggios on track 3!!! its awesome! Her voice and vocal harmonies are fantastic and i love the few times she actually incorperates screaming into it. If they redid this album with a real drummer, as opposed to electronic drums, it would be a killer goth/power metal album. But overall this cd has something for everyone. Beautifully atmospherical and this gorgeous violinist has some real talent. Especially with the vocal harmonies. I'd look harder for a cheaper version of it though, i got it for 20 bucks on a link off of her website.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The genius has landed April 6, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I found Emilie through Last.FM and the first album I bought was her classical/electronic violin album 'Laced-Unlaced.' After listening to her original compositions, and her own renditions of classics such as 'Largo' it was obvious she was a very well accomplished classical musician. So what did I expect of 'Opheliac'? Not this, that's for sure!

It turns out that this album is pretty dark, and has elements of... well, I don't know what of! All I know that this album is one hell of a ride. Gone are her violin instrumentals, in with her vocals which range from beautiful, to bizarre, to down right terrible. Terrible in a good way. It appears that she doesn't care much if she sounds good or not, rather, she just wants to get her point across. I should try to describe the sound to you. There is classical violin, acoustic violin, and electric violin, mixed in with heavy beats and electronic mixing. Any authentic sound is probably some form of a string instrument. She hasn't the best singing voice in the world, but it's hardly the point here, she can still sing okay, and she mostly sings straight, but she has some unique vocal techniques and interpretations too. Worth checking out. It's a dark but catchy album. I'm not gothic, or listen to gothic music (the odd WT or Nightwish, but nothing serious) and I'd normally run a mile from anything like this, but it works.

This album seems loosely based around the Victorian era and literature. Considering the connotations of the Victorian Era you get gothic like literature, murder of prostitutes, repressed women, darkness, industrialisation, etc. It's all here. How she conveys all in a sound I will never know, but as a Victorian Literature student, I think she pulls it all off amazingly well.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The True Victorian Queen
I stumbled upon Emilie Autumn in 2010 and couldn't be more in love with this album. I originally bought it on iTunes but I liked its originality and strangeness so much that I... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Laneth
4.0 out of 5 stars Great results of venting
A mix of classical and gothic industrial, an awesome result of an artist who was venting out a lot of personal emotions.
Published 19 months ago by Catherine Littin
5.0 out of 5 stars Out of this world
You want to hear something different? Emilie Autumn is a star by herself. She represents a new way to get in touch with your inner-self.
Published 20 months ago by Azteca
1.0 out of 5 stars Never again
The CD in perfect condition. The content not for me, would have never added to recommend in comparison to my other choices of CD's. Will never listen to it...
Published on October 20, 2012 by sandy molidor
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly discordant
Emilie Autumn runs her bowstring across your spine when she plays, but it feels good. My favorite song is "Dead is the New Alive". Read more
Published on August 20, 2012 by John H. Carroll
5.0 out of 5 stars I <3 this
This is one of my favorite CD's and i only spent $4 bucks on it! It is such a good buy I'm about to buy a second one. Read more
Published on February 27, 2012 by LittleBluRidinHood
5.0 out of 5 stars Artfully Poised
Simply breathtaking....engulfing...full of beautiful agony and torment...those with BP or are bi polar will find it as such if you have found some shred of inner peace with it as... Read more
Published on December 20, 2011 by Jennifer J. Fonseca
5.0 out of 5 stars Meow
The item was received in wonderful condition and very quickly. The album itself is truly a treat and I recommend it to anyone with an interest in literature or history.
Published on December 18, 2011 by Meow
5.0 out of 5 stars Emilie Autumn Opheliac
Opheliac contains a variety of music and even a few poems. It isn't just the same style of music song after song like most albums. Read more
Published on November 26, 2011 by cklio
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I needed
Love this woman's voice, talent, and everything else. just what I needed to lissen to when I got it. If you have never heard this artist before, you need this disk.
Published on July 23, 2011 by James Corvin
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