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Within Temptation have become superstars across Europe over the course of four studio albums. After introducing the band to the U.S. with their album "The Heart of Everything" it is time for the state-side fans to dive into their musical history with the release of their highly demanded previous studio album "Mother Earth."
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English
- Product Dimensions : 4.88 x 5.59 x 0.47 inches; 3.32 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Roadrunner Records
- Item model number : 3375785
- Original Release Date : 2008
- Date First Available : August 12, 2007
- Label : Roadrunner Records
- ASIN : B000TZ8Q9I
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #132,595 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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The music sounds amazing in this format, as if this was how it was intended to be heard. There is a nice balance of bass in the mix compared to the CD/digital version. The highlight tracks have always been the title track and its sister track "Ice Queen" along with "The Promise" and the tandem of "Deceiver of Fools"/"Dark Wings." The robust nature of vinyl's aural spectrum really brings these songs to full life. In addition to all of the original studio tracks, Side D contains 4 live tracks from the 2005 Java Island, Netherlands show. These are high quality tracks with a great mix, featuring some of the best songs from this era of WT. If you are a fan of vinyl and Within Temptation you don't want to miss picking this up because this is easily the best sounding version of Mother Earth to date.
(I've included a few lines from my original review below for those not as familiar with this release.)
Moving slowly away from their gothic metal debut, Within Temptation quickly settled into their symphonic core sound with this release. The fantasy based lyrics and folk and symphonic instrumentations dominate the majority of these songs, but the choruses are decidedly catchier (“Mother Earth” and “Ice Queen”). The epic progressive “The Promise” retains elements from songs like “Enter” from the debut, but all of the vocals on this release are Sharon den Adel (no growling). In general, den Adel’s voice has greater clarity yet retains the operatic style for which she is known. At times her voice sounds a bit strained (“Caged” and “Dark Wings”) but overall her vocals are an improvement from the debut. While there are some great songs here, such as “Mother Earth,” “Ice Queen,” “The Promise,” “Deceiver of Fools” and “Never Ending Story,” I don’t care much for the grating vocals in “Caged” or the fairy tale “In Perfect Harmony.”
Now more about the album itself:
The title track and "Ice Queen" are a couple of my all-time favorites from Within Temptation. With the former starting out with a beautiful woodwind intro and backing choir chant, and then going straight into an upbeat groove with a brief interlude in the middle, I find it to be an excellent way to begin an album. "Ice Queen" has a very similar song structure, but a level of energy to which you could almost "break down" on the dance floor.
The tracks "Our Farewell" and "Caged" follow a more steady pace, the former more so than the latter, and allow for the emotion in Sharon's voice to shine through. "The Promise" and "Deceiver of Fools" are the two longest tracks on the album, and therefore feature some of the best gradual build-up of emotion the one could expect.
"In Perfect Harmony" is another one of my all-time favorites from WT. With no guitar shred, and with a light-hearted and airy tone, it almost sounds like something one could expect from Enya (who Sharon probably looks up to). I must admit that it is true musical magic, and the lyrics really do touch me. It actually brings tears to my eyes every time I listen to it, just wishing that our world really could be like this, in contrast with all the B/S wars and terrorism going on. But that is another story for another time.
Overall, this album is truly a work of art that deserves recognition. True magic like this is surely a blessing in today's world, and I really could kick myself for not knowing about Within Temptation sooner - especially with the airwaves being polluted by no-talent pop hacks and rappers here in America. If, like me, you are fed up with all the crappy computerized dance music polluting the airwaves, and are looking for some real, honest music with real deep meaning, then don't pass up on this one! Buy it. You WILL NOT regret it!
Mother Earth, it's completely original and different than anything I've ever heard. Even the wimpy slow tracks are awesome, because her voice is so beautiful and captivating. I can't listen to anything else at the moment. Sharon said in an interview that this CD was inspired by the movie Braveheart and you can hear a lot of Celtic influence. Of the three I bought I like this one the least which is why I give it three stars. It's definitely still worth buying and I don't regret it all. My favorite tracks are Ice Queen, Farewell, and Dark Wings.
If you're checking these guys out for the first time, I recommend The Heart of Everything.
I'm totally sold on this band, and I just wish that I had bought these sooner.