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Five years since their last release, Trans-Siberian Orchestra return with a double album of all new material, entitled 'Nightcastle'. 'Nightcastle' is the Capra- esque story of someone changing their life for the better. The physical version of the album includes a 68 full color illustrated booklet.
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5 stars are not enough!
Owning 4 of their albums, having gone to their concert 4 times....I'm happy to say, this is no rerun, but original songs, done in the flavor that has made them famous. There is some songs that are reminiscent of Beethoven's last night, but no repeats from that album. Also there are some songs from their concerts that have not previously made it to their albums. A few, I was really hoping to get.
TSO is either powerful, boisterous and fun or poignant and thought provoking, but never disappointing.
Rock On TSO!
If you are interesting in my opinion by song:
01 - Night Enchanted: an exuberant beginning in the theatrical form, we all associate with TSO. A changing tempo and several transitions that make it unique.
02 - Childhood Dreams: Wonderful melody and crooning voice rock you in this pleasant powerful song.
03 - Sparks: A true TSO song with a boisterous and powerful voice belting out the song. You feel like raising your fist and smiling at the key points in the song.
04 - The Mountain: Growling, drum beat beginning to a frenetic mad pace. A free for all guitar and drum fest.
05 - Night Castle: A throbbing refrain, with a pleading deep male voice seeking escape. A true TSO gem in its theatrics and depth.
06 - The Safest Way Into Tomorrow: A bold a powerful melody with a strong male lead. Great song and one of my personal favorites.
07 - Mozart And Memories: Sneaky quiet start with a jolt of powerful guitar lead-ins with a meld of rock and classical sounds.
08 - Another Way You Can Die: A bit different than, I know TSO for, it reminds me a bit of Aerosmith's "Walk this way" at the start. Once again the strong male voice dominates as well as the strong guitar sound.
09 - Toccata - Carpimus Noctem: Quite a mix from the classical beginning to the rolling guitars and pounding drums ending with a helicopter.
10 - The Lion's Roar: A trumpet weaving you into a drumbeat of guitars, keyboard and more guitars.
11 - Dreams We Conceive: A striking ballad with a pleading voice and guitars following along.
12 - Mother And Son: An Asian conversation (I think) is this whole song along with street sounds. no idea what is being said. "Yeah man, gonna hit road..."sounds like what is said in English.
13 - There Was A Life: A pensive plaintive beginning reminiscent of Beethoven's last night. A ballad of questions. Another powerful great song. Another favorite.
14 - Moonlight And Madness: A crazed piano start with guitars following, reminiscent of some classical favorites. A duet of guitar and piano....I have heard a similar tune during their concerts.
15 - Time Floats On: Another ballad, less plaintive and more pensive.
16 - Epiphany: A helicopter at the start of this. Throbbing guitars and a wonderful melodic ballad and the type of meandering thoughts TSO is known for. From the fear of the night, to realizing childhood is long past. "Somewhere" is the refrain... This song goes into a melody familiar to all that loved the Lost Christmas Eve album. At the 5:45 minute mark, it has the same melody as the What Child is this does at the 2:45 minute mark. Different words, but similar sound. (On this night...). Earlier, I incorrected stated it was from the Beethoven's Last night album...Whoops.
17 - Bach Lullaby: A quiet little music box theme.
18 - Father, Son & Holy Ghost: A lilting melody with one of the accomplished TSO soproanos. Tentative and poignant, until it gets a bite and then it growls with the usual full octane sound.
19 - Remnants Of A Lullaby: Guitar strumming starts this light tune. You can hear the smile in the singer's voice. It is a nice very upbeat tune.
20 - The Safest Way Into Tomorrow [Reprise]: A quick reprise of the longer more involved version, heard earlier in this album.
21 - Embers: A light guitar strumming a quick tune. Reminds me a bit of Cat Steven's Peace Train.
22 - Child Of The Night: Orchestral sounds start this piece and the highest female voices possible singing in unison (ala Wizard of Oz). All innocence and sweetness.
23 - Believe: Love this guy's voice, a raspy edge as he pours out his heart and sings a ballad of listening and support. Love this song.
24 - Nutrocker: Definitely from the concert, kicky, flashy and full of life...Exuberant and fun. Even includes the Snoopy song. You can see they are enjoying passing the baton back and forth.
25 - Carmina Burana: The opera sopranos from the concert, I have been waiting to get this in an album....Finally. It's a family favorite. Picture multiple sopranos singing in unison and the music punctuated by light, very dark foreboding and wonderful.
26 - Tracers: Pounding drums and guitar, working to a crescendo...It is a conversation of music. This is the one they raise on the lifts with the flames to... You get the musical pause as they set up the lifts.
27 - The Flight of Cassandra (Amazon MP3 Exclusive): A guitar and piano piece rolling one into the other. You can almost see the stage antics that would accompany this.