Opheliac - The Deluxe Edition Enhanced
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It's probably some of the most technically complex music popular music have heard in the last year, with the possible exception of Amanda I'm-going-to-play-the-Tchaikovsky-piano-concerto Palmer's usual output.
If you were to take a given song on this album apart, layer by layer, the backing tracks are the kind of goth, bass heavy thing heard in rock clubs on nights when the crowd is all painted with corpse white and smoke. The next level up, though is classically trained vocals, classical violin, and what sounds like an Eighties New Wave almost-Depeche Mode-through-Kate Bush-type counterpoint...imagine leaves falling in moonlight through cemetery gates....
....at a very high rate of speed.....
Basically, if you hate goth, techno, and moments of Sarah Machlachlan on Dexedrine, stay far far away. It's sort of like earlier Tori Amos with a drum machine or five.
Also, Emilie Autumn plays the violin like a banshee on fire.
Frankly this is the "Goth" music we all heard in our head all along, i think, but no one managed to truely pull all the disparate elements into a cohesive whole till now. Rasputina came close, but didn't really incorporate any of the electronic elements that, to me at least, make Emilie's albums so much more listenable, and musically diverse.
On a side note the artist herself is extremely enthusiastic and thankful to all of her fans whether it's through physically meeting her or her interactive forum online. I always feel better giving my money to someone who at least seems appreciative when you meet them.
But I like trying things even if they seem like a stupid idea, so I gave both CDs a listen. The next week, I bought the Deluxe edition.
The Deluxe version is even more fantastic! The songs are really varied in style and lyrics- you get a very diverse package. The second disc even has a cover from The Smiths, which I absolutely loved.
On the surface, EA can seem off-putting, but if you let yourself try her music out, I really think you'll love it.
You could compare it to Tori Amos, but I always thought she just lacked an edge. Emilie Autumn has an incredible voice that goes from beautiful to scream and back again, and topped off with her violin, and electronic processing, the effect is indescribable... She has made an instant fan of me with this album! Growling moments, evilly intense moments. I haven't listened to the words closely enough to comment on them, but the snippets I caught, while concentrating on something else, were masterful.
The only beef I had on this whole album (both discs) was Disc 1 Track 3, Liar, where she screams over and over again, "I want your suffering!" LOL, OK I get the picture. Let me emphasize that this was in no way typical of the whole album; there in fact is nothing on the album that is typical of the whole album. From pretty and classical to dirty electronics mixed with violin, it's all infused with her incredible vocals... I'm listening to it for the second time right now, and confirming my theory that this will be a favorite forever, and that I will definitely be buying more of her music! 5 stars after a first listen, enough said.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This might be my favorite of EA's albums. It has so many tracks with so many differing styles. I love the violin, and the companion album is awesome if you want to listen to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Elenaire
this artest is great to listen to also the lyrycs are worth reading and listening.Published 19 months ago by AJDH
The only thing better would be the Enchanted album on disc, rather than mp3s.Published 20 months ago by moonlit
Got to my house sooner than expected. Great album. Bought brand new, great condition.Published 23 months ago by Damien Olson
Okay so this came in extremely fast and in perfect condition. I love it so much I play it in my car every time I go on a long road trip. Read morePublished on July 24, 2014 by Robert Frazier
This is the best version of this album. I don't like the Poem or the Book reading and the Accoustic Mad Girl isn't as good as the single you can buy off of the Liar EP. Read morePublished on October 8, 2013 by Lady Javert