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Nightwish - Highest Hopes - The Best Of Nightwish CD (album) cover




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3.75 | 25 ratings

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4 stars Excellent introduction to Nightwish universe

This band is one of those that have millions of fans and thousands of detractors. Fine by me, really. Musically, this band is at the top of the game. Their keyboard player and main composer, Tuomas Holopainen has great concepts of songwriting and the vocal voice of Tarja Turunen took the music to a complete new place.

This is a compilation, so, there are no epics, no rare tracks, no B sides, just a series of their most "catchy" material, so the detractors of the band won't be converted with this production, but is a great place to start the discovering, especially because is very easy to digest. The dynamics within the band are wonderful and the music if top of quality. Now, yes, some of the songs became too cliché, too "save the world while taken by the hands" but at the end, the goal of music is to enjoy it and you can be sure you will end up shaking your head along during the whole album.

As a bonus track, we get a Pink Floyd cover: High Hopes. While the song is cool, the band could achieve a better arrangement, more dynamic like their own songs. Another problem is that Tarja is not involved in the version, which is sad, because she could take the cover to a complete new level, but well. This and excellent starting point for those who don't know this great band. Now, don't expect epics or big songs, those are in the studio albums and are great. Here you have the concept, the sound and you can base your point to try it after. 4 stars is fair, especially for the Pink Floyd cover.

jampa17 | 4/5 |


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