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on August 5, 2000
TSO follows up their two musically impressive and critically acclaimed Christmas albums in a culminating effort that brings us this completely original rock opera which tells the magnificent story of "what might have happened" on Beethoven's last night on Earth. Whereas the two Christmas albums had a background story that was tied together with the music on the album, this release is structured much more like a traditional rock opera or Broadway musical, with each different vocalist on the album taking on the role of a certain character. The vocal arrangements are stellar, with numerous hooks and tremendous variation, along with sufficient deviation of rhyming pattern as one might find in a typical musical. Musically, Beethoven's Last Night is perhaps "toned-down" a bit, having slightly less of a hard metal presence, and features only a handful of instrumental tracks on the 22 cut album instead of the 50/50 mix found on their earlier works. My biggest complaint on a very short list of them was that, as a rock opera, I wished that the album would have included a duet or two to allow greater, more emotional character interaction. I also felt some deviation away from the piano driven songs would have been nice - perhaps somehow working a folk guitar piece in there as they'd done with the previous albums. Nevertheless, as a growing fan of Broadway, and being one who has a tremendous appreciation for vocal performances, this was right up my alley and has become one of my favorite albums since my first listen.
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