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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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!
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.
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. Did she write this because she knows someone personally who has died of or attempted suicide? Maybe she wrote this in dedication to some of her fans who have felt this way. Whatever the reason it is a very somber song that tugs at the heart. I could be wrong and overanalyzing things, it happens. Razz
"Goodbye, I know my love will go on
I'll wait until the tears are gone
Goodbye, I know this love will go on
Until the silence says goodbye"
'Darkness' is a cover song from Peter Gabriel. This is, by far, one of the best covers Tarja has done and I liked them all. When I first heard this cover I was like O.O WOW! I never heard Tarja use her voice this way and even then it sounds amazing! She truly made it her own without necessarily changing anything.
"I'm afraid of what I do not know
I hate being undermined
I'm afraid I can be devil man
And I'm scared to be divine
Don't mess with me my fuse is short
Beneath this skin these fragments caught"
If you have not bought this album yet, do so. You will not regret it. I cannot find any flaws in the songs. I only have one complaint, not a big one, and that is of the album cover. It took me some time to get use to it, but with the deluxe edition there is a slipcover that comes off revealing only the picture which I love more than with the paint all over. It is definately different from her first covers. Anyways, good job Tarja! This is one damn good album and I know we have many more to come from you. Wink
"I saw our memories die
Thought our dreams had lost their meaning
But dreams still in my heart
Are painting colours in the dark"
Overall Rating: 5/5
That all being said, this album suffers fom the same thing all Tarja's do: mediocre, unremarkable songwriting. Her former bandmate Tomas(keyboards, songwriter, Nightwish) knew how to write memorable music that complimented her voice. Tarja needs to work with another songwriter/composer of that talent, without question.