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..... | Reviewer: Avette | 7/20/09
Nightwish will NEVER be the same without Tarja Turunen. I state that definitively. It is a fact. Tarja's operatice voice and her ability to come through even the most elaborate instrumentation was stunning, and part of what made me think, "Hey, Nightwish is a band I'll be following for the rest of its and my natural life!" I happen to have liked the old one, and honestly, Annette's voice reminds me too much of... well, everyone elses'. It's not that she's not a good singer... yea-ah, no, she's not a good singer. Not for Nightwish anyway. She probably has a very profitable future in pop, but... well, Tarja kinda made the band. (Okay, so maybe Marco would've been a good lead singer, or perhaps the man who sang in "Creek Mary's Blood"-his name escapes me. God, those two...) And no, I'm not just a fan of Tarja. I'm a fan of THE OLD NIGHTWISH! They got a hell of a lot less heavy when Annette came to the stage, and their songs have less, well, substance. They sound like any other femme-fronted metal wannabes. Seriously. Tarja took some of Nightwish's atmosphere with her, that is undeniable.
And kepalajamuran: Annette would never cut it as a warrior. Annette's a pop angel who's stickin' with Nightwish till they can't pay her paycheck anymore.
not agreeing with most | Reviewer: empiremica | 6/27/09
i disagree with most i read here... i think tarja was not replaceable with anyone..she was totally amazing ...and still is..what a voice she has and her stage presence totally made nightwish a band that i think was the most refreshing and awsome band to come along since the beatles. i think with tarja leaving they will have missed being one of the best bands in the world.it was just the magic and the right combination.a combination that just happens out of nature. what a sad shame they split just as they were just capturing the worlds attention with their awsome music.i also agree with one of the writers above.tarjas songs cant be done without tarja.i am still sick about their parting ways, and i still want them to get the old nightwish back. and im waiting.
The direction of this band.... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/23/09
Now that Anette Olzen is in their band, is this a sign for the worst? Ever since Century Child, Nightwish has really changed from being an innovative, powerful metal band to being a standard, "sounds like everyone else" kind of band. The music has gotten worse and their sound is much more mainstream. Anette is used as probably a strategy to make themselves more marketable to the U.S. mainstream (aka Evanescence type of music). Gone are the amazing guitar melodies and keyboard work from earlier albums. What we got in it's place is huge orchestral sounds, which sounds good nonetheless, but it only makes the band play simpler stuff. Don't believe me? Listen to Stargazers off of Oceanborn and compare it to something like Amaranth off of Dark Passion Play. There is a HUGE difference in musicality! Also, their old singer Tarja gave this band something unique, a blend of classically trained opera vocals mixed in with metal music. With Anette, you get a mediocre singer who cannot perform her own songs live! I am sure Nightwish could have picked a better singer than her, especially with plenty of better singers in the world! To finish this rant, Nightwish should have paid attention to Metallica and what happened to them in the early 90's. Death Magentic is a nice comeback album, but it is too little too late to redeem any angry fans. They sold out and now it seems that Nightwish is heading in the same direction. They lost a lot of old fans and I don't blame them! They were very cruel to Tarja with that open letter. It seems that money is more important to them than anything! I am a Nightwish fan, but their recent actions made me lose respect for them...
Amazing band! | Reviewer: EJN | 3/12/09
I became a Nightwish fan only 5 months ago and they almost instantly became one of my favorite bands. Not right away though! The first song I heard was "Bye, Bye, Beautiful" and I was not that impressed with it at first. It had to grow on me! The moment Nightwish became one of my favorite's was when I got my copy of "Oceanborn". That album instantly changed my opinion of the group with Tarja's vocals mixed with amazing music. Tarja really sings great, and I wish she was still in this band, but I never got a chance to know the old Nightwish! Anyways, I am not saying Anette sucks, but she doesn't have the vocal style suitable for that group, after hearing that album as well as Wishmaster, Century Child, and Once. Angels Fall First wasn't that bad either. It isn't only the voice that is the problem though. The music is not as creative and as innovative as the older music. Although The Poet and the Pendulum is an amazing song! If you never heard of this band, HEAR IT! It will change your life! I recommend the older stuff, but the new isn't band either.
Also, someone on an earlier comment here someone said that Nightwish is the worst band ever and that he would rather listen to Britney Spears than Nightwish! ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR GODDAMN MIND! SHE HAS NO TALENT MUSICALLY AT ALL!!!! Almost everyone in this band was classically trained in some way and Tuomas Hopalainen is a legend and a genious songwriter! That's enough from me! This is an amazing band you cannot miss!
bit of a late entry but anyways... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/14/08
I was introduced to nightwish just lately, and was given a large collection of their music without being told that there were in fact two singers or any of the back story... And to be 100% honest, i prefer Annete's voice. I listened to it all on random for a while and found myself skipping many of Tarja's songs. I found that in my own personal opinion that Tarja's voice, while technically near-perfect was lacking emotion and therefore seemed in jarring contrast to the rest of the (quite emotional) music and lyrics. The songs where Annete sings carry me away on waves of emotion all coming from her voice. No, she's not as technical a singer as Tarja, but she injects more emotion into each song she sings than Tarja did in an album. She draws you in and involves you in the song, immersing you in Tuomas' brilliant compositions. Her voice fits the rest of the music far better. Coming in late in the game and being given a selection gave me a chance to look at it all objectively, and this is my objective view. While i do enjoy some of Tarja's songs, my preference lies with Annete and Dark Passion Play. On a side note i would like to get some of Tarja's solo work, if they make the right backing music she would likewise be amazing.
both are good but... | Reviewer: imtiaz | 11/12/08
yes I have truly heard DARK PASSION PLAY, i m always a die hard fan for thrash and gothic. I m not speaking in favor of TARJA but what i m sure is NIGHTWISH needs a voice like her. Ask ANETTE to sing anything from ONCE and she is miserable but ask TARJA to sing anything from DARK PASSION PLAY she is equally better. And thats the difference.
Anette is good of course but not for this genre. Every vocalist has his/her genre and its not good anyway to put a great pop singer to sing an operatic song and vice-versa. can you imagine AXL ROSE from GNR replacing JAMES HETFIELD to sing FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS ?? ridiculous
I wish... | Reviewer: Sofi | 9/27/08
I wish people would stop comparing Tarja and Anette. I'm a singer-in-training myself, and I think they both have great voices!
Yeah, Tarja's was better "technically," and I can't even hope to be able to sing like that, but despite her fantastic voice she was sacked for a reason. A band isn't a band if you don't get along, and the others weren't getting along with her.
Anette's voice is totally different, but that doesn't mean to say it's bad! I'm glad she's not an opera singer, because otherwise it would just make Nightwish look like total sellouts. Instead, they decided to take their music in a new direction, which they've done before anyway after Wishmaster.
I wish people would stop criticising Anette because she's different to Tarja. I mean, Tarja was the one who got the sack, and I don't see HER throwing a bitchfit because Anette's voice is slightly "poppier."
Also, it's unfair to say that Nightwish isn't Nightwish without Tarja. Yeah, she has a distinctive voice, but she wasn't the soul of the band. If there is a soul of the band, then it's Tuomas. He's the one writing the stuff, and he hasn't changed hugely. Yeah he's had to adjust a little to suit Anette's voice, but essentally it's still the same kind of thing.
Personally, I will be sticking with Nightwish through thick and thin. People who deserted them after Tarja left evidentally were fans of Tarja rather than Nightwish, so rather than go on and on about how much you hate Anette, why not go invest in Tarja's solo album?
i love both | Reviewer: kepalajamuran | 8/28/08
i love Tarja coz She had this dark charisma surrounding Her. She had the voice that can make you fly deep to your darkest side.
i love Anette coz She had the voice of happy angel. Nightwish songs with her voice make your ears dancing in joyful metal.
i got the image in my mind that Tarja is like a black angel, while Anette is like a mid era female warrior.
Come on... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/29/08
people, Tarja is a goddess, you can NEVER compare her with anette... I just heard two songs and I thought I was listening to some commercial, pop band... I miss the old Nightwish a LOT! I totally agree with Not the same | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/26/2008
A band is just that: a band, and when someone is replaced (anyone, not just the singer), it's over... it will never be the same
by the way, love Tarja's new album
fuck off | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/22/08
you posers have no idea what nightwish was...it was amazeing and then you just jump on the band wagan with who ever the next singer is i bet if annette (or however you spell that bitch's name) got kicked out tonight you would all (and when i say all i really dont mean all just the people who are "pro annette") would be like "dur dur i so hated lyke lyke!! that annette girl im so glad that lyke britny spears is lyke tha new lyke singer of lyke nightywishes lyke omg) honestly you people make me sick and i hope you all get hit by a bus.
...and not just a regular sized bus i mean like a english double decker bus...
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