Nightwish - Imaginaerum


7.9 | 770 votes |
Release date: 30 November 2011
Style: Symphonic power metal, Symphonic metal

Owners:

678 have it
155 want it


Disc I
01. Taikatalvi
02. Storytime
03. Ghost River
04. Slow, Love, Slow
05. I Want My Tears Back
06. Scaretale
07. Arabesque
08. Turn Loose The Mermaids
09. Rest Calm
10. The Crow, The Owl And The Dove
11. Last Ride Of The Day
12. Song Of Myself
    1 - From A Dusty Bookshelf
    2 - All That Great Heart Lying Still
    3 - Piano Black
    4 - Love
13. Imaginaerum

Disc II [bonus] [2CD: instrumental version / tour edition: orchestral version]
01. Taikatalvi
02. Storytime
03. Ghost River
04. Slow, Love, Slow
05. I Want My Tears Back [instrumental version only]
06. Scaretale
07. Arabesque
08. Turn Loose The Mermaids
09. Rest Calm
10. The Crow, The Owl And The Dove
11. Last Ride Of The Day
12. Song Of Myself
    1 - From A Dusty Bookshelf
    2 - All That Great Heart Lying Still
    3 - Piano Black
    4 - Love
13. Imaginaerum

Disc III [DVD] [tour edition bonus]
+ Making Of Imaginaerum
+ Storytime [video]

Additional info
Tour edition released on April 11, 2012

Staff review by
Baz Anderson
Rating:
7.0
Seventh album Imaginaerum is the band's second with new singer Anette, and comes with the added twist of an accompanying feature-length film next year. Nightwish who have always been at the forefront of symphonic metal, provide this latest addition to the catalogue with good intentions. Although presented as a stand-alone album, it perhaps pushes the line between creative indulgence and focused musicianship too far.

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published 01.12.2011 | Comments (85)

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11.10.2014 - 18:32
SongsOfDarkness
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Written by Bad English on 05.07.2014 at 02:55

Is this Nightwish? wait a sec, I dont know anymore, seems band is lost in its own fary tail and wants to live it but to be at level to please a record companies they cant be as some story where fantasy hero wins
I dont think Tarja would be good in this album, but 1th song in the finnish ... Annete dont fits even Marco is singing... I like some songs as Storytime(where she is singing ''blue blue sky'') , I want my tears back, Turn Loose The Mermaids, song of myself ,, speaking parts , good album but ... if band want to continue they should remeber elvenpath and old days ,.... Floor can save one studio, but not more , less prog, opera, more guitar, remeber mid 90's gothic

Knowing that Tuomas knows how to combine so many things in his music, I do not think it's that difficult. With the Gothic touch they might still not sounding much like a movie soundtrack, and more like Nightwish, hmm, Tristawish?
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11.10.2014 - 18:34
Bad English
Masterchief
Written by Guest on 11.10.2014 at 18:32

Written by Bad English on 05.07.2014 at 02:55

Is this Nightwish? wait a sec, I dont know anymore, seems band is lost in its own fary tail and wants to live it but to be at level to please a record companies they cant be as some story where fantasy hero wins
I dont think Tarja would be good in this album, but 1th song in the finnish ... Annete dont fits even Marco is singing... I like some songs as Storytime(where she is singing ''blue blue sky'') , I want my tears back, Turn Loose The Mermaids, song of myself ,, speaking parts , good album but ... if band want to continue they should remeber elvenpath and old days ,.... Floor can save one studio, but not more , less prog, opera, more guitar, remeber mid 90's gothic

Knowing that Tuomas knows how to combine so many things in his music, I do not think it's that difficult. With the Gothic touch they might still not sounding much like a movie soundtrack, and more like Nightwish, hmm, Tristawish?


other female fronted bands lost its touch buts till band need go back to roots, they have money, why not make century media little poorer and fans happier?
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11.10.2014 - 18:51
SongsOfDarkness
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Written by Bad English on 11.10.2014 at 18:34

Written by Guest on 11.10.2014 at 18:32

Written by Bad English on 05.07.2014 at 02:55

Is this Nightwish? wait a sec, I dont know anymore, seems band is lost in its own fary tail and wants to live it but to be at level to please a record companies they cant be as some story where fantasy hero wins
I dont think Tarja would be good in this album, but 1th song in the finnish ... Annete dont fits even Marco is singing... I like some songs as Storytime(where she is singing ''blue blue sky'') , I want my tears back, Turn Loose The Mermaids, song of myself ,, speaking parts , good album but ... if band want to continue they should remeber elvenpath and old days ,.... Floor can save one studio, but not more , less prog, opera, more guitar, remeber mid 90's gothic

Knowing that Tuomas knows how to combine so many things in his music, I do not think it's that difficult. With the Gothic touch they might still not sounding much like a movie soundtrack, and more like Nightwish, hmm, Tristawish?


other female fronted bands lost its touch buts till band need go back to roots, they have money, why not make century media little poorer and fans happier?

Not exactly should return to its roots, just bring that magic that albums like Oceanborn had, again. I think they are musically much better now than before, BUT, too much exaggeration in the Orchestral and fantastic elements. Like you said, more guitars, more Gothic, and more dark atmosphere, with the current musicianship skills, and it will be the perfect Nightwish.
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11.10.2014 - 18:56
SongsOfDarkness
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Incidentally, I think it really is not about money that why they make this kind of music now, rather Tuomas wanted to 'beat' himself and left the line. Anda, like Opeth. At first albums, they were excellent with dark touches, time passed, and just make music based on a mellotron that repeats over and over again, sounding like a cheap copy of seventies progressive rock.
In the case of Nightwish, the mellotron is the orchestra. I hope they make something inspiring in the next album.
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04.10.2015 - 00:00
Rating: 7
Ruchesko
Two great songs, three good songs, and over half-an-hour of Tuomas messing about with an orchestra.

I don't often begrudge metal musicians for being indulgent, least of all Tuomas, but the triple-whammy of "Scaretale", "Rest Calm" and "Song For Of Myself" surely tried most peoples' patience.
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13.10.2015 - 13:01
Rating: 7
BlackMetalDay
A good album, but it is so hard not to fall asleep when listening to Turn loose the mermaids + Rest calm + The crow, the owl and the dove! Those 15 minutes of non-metal slow songs in a row are too much.
And I had to edit the Song of myself to remove the 6 or 7 minutes of spoken parts. Now the version I own is only 6:53 long.
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13.10.2015 - 13:42
Dima
Written by BlackMetalDay on 13.10.2015 at 13:01


And I had to edit the Song of myself to remove the 6 or 7 minutes of spoken parts. Now the version I own is only 6:53 long.



Hate that shit. Newest album:

>Reveal you have a 24 minute song.
>Make 1/3 of it spoken.
>Annoy moi and many others.
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15.12.2015 - 05:03
Rating: 9
Teravolt_Danny
Man, this is BY FAR Nightwish's biggest grower. After several years I can say that this album has gone from "meh" to my ears to a near masterpiece. Every song is powerful. The folky elements in the ballads is excellent. The orchestrations are beautiful and never overused or unnecessary. The lyrics are great. The songs all fit together and flow perfectly. Painfully underrated album, probably one of their top 3.
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21.12.2015 - 14:22
Rating: 7
musclassia
It makes me happy that the only 3 songs I like from this album (Storytime, I Want My Tears Back, Last Ride Of The Day) have become the three live regulars from this album
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02.02.2016 - 23:31
TrueMetalJope
Like usually 75 min album is a bad idea! I'm not saying the album is bad, BUT inevitable the filler parts overwhelm the good parts in this case.
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23.02.2016 - 22:55
Rating: 8
Hex_Omega
Gem Seeker
Still the best album without Tarja.
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23.02.2016 - 22:57
Rating: 9
The Shape 1973
Written by Hex_Omega on 23.02.2016 at 22:55

Still the best album without Tarja.

Don't say it too loud. Tarja will have Annette mugged again.
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05.08.2016 - 01:02
Rating: 7
musclassia
Heh, I gave this album a few listens when it came out, but never came to like it and ended up kinda disliking it. I've listened to a trio of songs off the album since (mentioned in a comment a few above this), but ended up listening to it again today for first time in I guess at least 4 years - it's actually not that bad. There's the occasional misstep (most obviously the second half fo Song Of Myself), but most of the music on here is actually decent - Ghost River in particular took me by surprise, I always had bad memories of it for some reason but it's really pretty good. If I had the willpower to listen to this and Endless Forms... back to back I wouldn't be surprised if I preferred this album actually
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