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Wow Wow Wow,
This review is from: Showtime Storytime (2-cd/2-dvd) (Audio CD)
So I'm writing this review as I'm watching the DVD of their concert for the third time, and I thought I'd go ahead and write out some of my observations/gush incoherently.
First, it's more than obvious that Floor is an excellent fit for Nightwish, as is Troy. The chemistry of the band on stage is undeniable. And Floor's voice... she's been one of my favorite singers for several years, since at least 2004, and I even once joked to a friend who is also a Nightwish fan that the only thing more epic than Tarja with Nightwish would be Floor with Nightwish, and this was while Tarja was still part of the band. So, I was thrilled but not surprised when they announced it had been made official.
Second, the sound and visual quality of the DVD is pretty good, but I do think that the camera should have focused a bit more on the band and the stage rather than the crowd (and believe me when I say that I hate every last one of those 82,000 people who got to witness this show live!! But none more than the guy in the hat who always seems to just never be impressed. Watch the video. You'll see the one I mean!).
The thing about this show is that it's made up of a lot of really beautiful moments. One such beautiful moment is when Marco and Floor are singing together at the end of "I Wish I Had an Angel", and Floor hits some really amazing notes; she actually made me fall in love with that song all over again, for the first time in a long time. Another of my favorites is during "Ghost River", when during the first verse Emppu walks by Marco, squeezes his arm, then goes to stand by Tuomas, and then shrugs at the camera while making a goofy face. Also during Ghost River, Floor's vocals are spectacular! I love how much of the time, the band is smiling at one another, mouthing the words as Floor sings. Tuomas, Floor, Emppu, and Marco all head-banging almost in unison at several points. The duet between Troy and Emppu during "I Want My Tears Back". Floor's dancing and the huge smile on her face. Floor's giggle after she hears the crowd screaming all together just before they play "Nemo". And speaking of "Nemo", how about Floor's vocals, eh? Jukka twirling his drumsticks during the chorus, and Tuomas' smile. Floor making it back on stage barely in time from a costume change to sing the beginning of "Bless the Child", after an amazing rendition of "Last of the Wilds". Marco's "open letter" (yes, it was bad taste, but it was also hilarious) at the beginning of "Romanticide". Yum, currywurst! Jukka on the drums on "Romanticide", and Emppu's solo, and Floor and Marco sounding like their voices were made for each other. And Floor's banshee scream at the end? Blows me away each and every time!
And that's only a few awesome moments in the first hour! I haven't even gotten to Floor's encouraging the crowd to sing louder than her on "Amaranth", or her completely owning "Ghost Love Score" (Ghost Love Floor?), nor did I mention how amazing "Storytime", "Dark Chest of Wonders" or "She is my Sin" were (though I suppose now I did!).
So what am I saying? I'm saying that if you're a Nightwish fan, whether you prefer the Tarja era or the Anette era, or you love both equally--and who wouldn't? They're very different singers, but both very good in their own right-- you MUST buy this. It is well worth every penny, and would be even if it only included the concert video.
Now I'm off to watch Floor blow me away yet again on "Ghost Love Score", which is playing in my ears at this very moment.
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Initial post: Jan 2, 2014 9:19:22 AM PST
I stopped buying Nightwish albums when Anette started singing for them. It sounded like someone doing karaoke. But I'm back now!
Posted on Sep 2, 2014 11:28:07 AM PDT
- Kasia S. says:
Love your review, spot on! Ghost Love Score is my favorite from them, her singing, wow... I had goosebumps up to my eyeballs.. I love her own little takes on each song, she makes each song her own in a small, beautiful way... I also adored Emppu's antics, those faces he made, the best.. and I laughed when he took his beer with him at the end :D
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