Track-by-track guide to Nightwish's new album 'Imaginaerum'

О, жизнь, ты прекрасна вполне

We've heard the new Nightwish album, and as it's amazing, we thought we'd present to you are track-by-track guide.

Nightwish's sixth album, and their first for four years, is a 75 minute epic that covers far more territory than can be summed up briefly. So that's why we have our track-by-track guide to 'Imaginaerum' (released on December 5) in full, and without further ado...


An intro track of sorts, the album opens with chiming percussion and soft male vocals under which the instrumentals swell, more and more elements coming into play that becomes a surging, choral climax into 'Storytime'.


Immediately storming into much faster, heavier and darker territories, this is, even before Anette Olzon's vocals come in, consummate Nightwish- driving, epic and richly layered with deep brass tones and sweeping strings. Later, it falls away into wordless choir and piano before the drums and guitars return before the massed choir enters. It's one of the most grandiose, atmospheric and sumptuous sequences of music Nightwish have put their name to.


Честно говоря, с таким описанием непохоже, что это будет песня аля Амарант и Немо. :crazylove::crazylove:


'Ghost River'

Another heavy track that retains its richness through the heft, this is all dreamy melodies in the symphony and swung rhythms in the vocals which feature some beautiful interplay between Marco Hietala and Anette, before a huge orchestral break leads into crunching riffage. It's at this point it starts to become clear that the more predictable song structures of 'Dark Passion Play' have been left way, way behind and have been replaced by much more interesting, evocative composition.


Аааааргх!!!! Тизеры! Тизеры!!!


'Slow, Love, Slow'

A husky, sexy and sultry jazz number (yes, jazz) with some fantastic, delicate drumming and an extraordinary vocal performance from Anette, who showcases an entirely new aspect to her abilities. Later, a fusion solo is followed by ethereal orchestrations as the metallic darkness returns, only to fade as a Louie Armstrong trumpet solo plays out over a ticking clock, rounding off a moment the like of which has never been heard from Nightwish before.


Ну а куда же без "хаски" и "секси"! Мор! Мор! МООООР!! И так и предвкушаю, как там Нетти могла раскрыться в джазовой тематике. :crazylove:


'I Want My Tears Back'

One of the very few straight-up verse-chorus-verse structured songs, this is all the stronger for standing out so clearly- it's big, bombastic, full of hooks and swaggering with riffage as Celtic melodies swirl around, and sounds like one the crowds will know backwards by the time Nightwish come to tour. The density of ideas is still there in force, but it's one of the more accessible numbers on an album with wonderfully too much going to take in at one sitting.


Вот это, похоже, будет что-то няшно-хитовенькое))... с селтик мелодис....



A children's choir leads into an ascending, staccato orchestral depth as the young voices are replaced by mature choral power on this racing, turbulent journey that features some sinister vocal inflections before a circus-style march emerges in a style all of Nightwish's own. The absolutely vast choir, orchestra and guitars all return in force before fairground music ends the piece.


A sweeping instrumental odyssey that once again sound enormous and genuinely epic, like the score to a gigantic adventure in the East complete with seductive dance rhythms and massive percussion, that ends suddenly and dramatically.


Видимо, будет нечто такое с восточными.. возможно, арабскими мотивами... да, эта Dancer явно доложна быть из этой песни.. "A sight to silence the heavens".... <img class=" />:crzfan::crzfan::crzfan::crzfan::crzfan:


'Turn Loose The Mermaids'

The start of a triad of softer songs, 'Turn Loose The Mermaid' is all acoustic guitars and soft strings that rise gently but with huge emotion. Anette's performance on vocals is once more superb, needing to carry much of the weight of the track as the instrumentals become more subtle in pipes and piano parts.


У меня уже с этими русалками ничего кроме 4х Пиратов в голову не лезет. %))) Честно говоря, очень интригует, о чем эта песенка будет. ^____^


'Rest Calm'

Initially sounding slightly like one of Rammstein's slower numbers – 'Mutter', for example – 'Rest Calm' is at it's heart beautifully soothing and tranquil, but achieves this by first storming to highlight the placid centres in between the chug.

'The Crow, The Owl And The Dove'

Acoustic guitars lilt beneath a superb duet between Marco and Anette, before Marco drops away and and the strings swell beneath the frontwoman, only for the soft vocal interplay to return. Folky sounds lead into more metal territory that falls back for the last time to piano and crooning.


Вот, кстати, Марко тут упоминается только в первый раз. Интересно, он в этой песне в первый раз свой голос на альбоме подаст или же в предыдущих композициях он звучит, но совсем немного? Похоже, в Имаджинэриуме Марко будет петь значительно меньше, чем в ДПП. Видимо, дали Анютке разгуляться))).


'Last Ride Of The Day'

The album's second simple track, this is classic Nightwish at their catchiest- rise and fall, hard and soft, crunching and luscious... it's big and pumping and sequentially if not texturally instantly comprehensible, and leads into the album's climax.

'Song Of Myself'

A four-part epic that starts with a huge orchestral attack in colossal, Danny Elfman-esque drama and sets out purposefully through the myriad of moods that between them almost surmise everything that Nightwish do best in one single track- metallic weight and pace balanced with lyrical slowness, vast, melancholy sounds of true beauty, and the moving spoken poetry in the last section brings to an end one of the most heroic achievements of the band's career.


Эпик! Да!! Из 4х частей!! Значит трек должен быть длинный. А значит будет мной заслушан до дыр. Я все Найтовские длинные композиции до дыр заслушиваю. %))) И с отголосками звучания Дэнни Эльфмана ааауууууыыыы!!!!!



An orchestral summation of the whole album, in effect- the huge massed wind, brass, strings and percussion recapitulate some of the highlights from the whole album, wonderfully weaving a final bow on the whole parcel.

The step up in strength from the last album is quite spectacular. All involved put in stellar performances, and Tarja is now decidedly not missed (FUCK, YEAH!!!) - Nightwish have come too far from that era, and are something different and astonishing. 'Imaginaerum' offers a vast depth of utterly splendid music.


Боже мой, люди, этот альбом уже умудрился поиметь мне мозг!!!!! :crzgirls::crzgirls::crzgirls::crzfan::crzfan::crzfan::crzfan::crzfan::crzfan::crazylove::crazylove::crazylove::crazylove::crazylove::crazylove::crazylove::inlove::inlove:

@темы: Nightwish, фангерлинг

2011-09-14 в 02:35 

'cause I need freedom now and I need to know how to live my life as it's meant to be
ох черт..если уже божественно, то что ж будет дальше?))

2011-09-14 в 13:22 

шовгайте на темную сторону силы, тетя сара сготовила мацы!
Вот, кстати, Марко тут упоминается только в первый раз.
Ниправда, ибо:
'Ghost River'
...feature some beautiful interplay between Marco Hietala and Anette


все, я щас умру. эти негодяи уже послушали альбом, ОНИ ЕГО ПОСЛУШАЛИ, ОН СУЩЕСТВУЕТ!!!!!11 :crzfan::crzfan::crzfan:

2011-09-14 в 15:30 

О, жизнь, ты прекрасна вполне
braenn, ну ладно - в двух треках он упоминается.:gigi:
Как же я хочу этот альбооооом!!!:nechto:

2011-09-14 в 20:33 

галактики взрываются над его головой, а он в одних трусах в горошек.
АААААААААА оуйессс ^_______^ все было такое ощущение, что он где-то там, в далеком будущем, альбом этот, а он так близко, черт, его УЖЕ ПОСЛУШАЛИ :crzdance:
снести крышу - done :D

2011-09-14 в 23:26 

Эстетика. Самосознание. Гибель.
Не. Имхо, рассказывать о музыке - то же самое, что танцевать об архитектуре. Напомнило такие, знаете, анонсы к порнухе. Оч. пошло. Буду ждать в лосе или 320и. Раньше - нини.
Пришла трава и все испортила ^^

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