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3.81 | 202 ratings

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4 stars To clarify: The Poet and the Pendulum gets a full five stars - the rest of the album brings it close enough to four that I can't justify a five-star rating.

The Poet and the Pendulum is the first song, and wow is it an eye-opener - not to mention a heart-stopper, gut-wrencher and tear-jerker. This song evokes so many emotions so quickly, and I find it to be by far the most satisfying (and the most progressive) Nightwish song to date.

The rest of the album, with the exception of The Islander and The Last of the Wilds, suffers from repetetiveness, and the utterly relentless march of constant simple four-four timing. The only break from the head-jerking one-two-three-four-one-two-three-four are the two songs I mentioned above, which are in completely steady simple three-four timing. Oh well.

Individually, every song is either decent or very good - but the monotony of an entire album with the same rhythm nearly all the way through is too much for me.

That being said, the new singer is amazing in an entirely different way from Tarja - rather than powerful operatics, we have powerful rock singing. I find the change to be for the better, since it allowed additional blending of music with vocals.

StarsongAgeless | 4/5 |


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