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Release date: 30 November 2011
Style: Symphonic power metal, Symphonic metal

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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]

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Lyrics (25)


Additional info
Release dates:
Finland: November 30, 2011
Europe: December 2, 2011
Australia: January 6, 2012
USA & Canada: January 10, 2012
Japan: January 11, 2012
New Zealand: January 16, 2012

Tour Edition: 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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MétalNoir - 03.12.2011 at 01:14  
Rating: 9
Written by beyondtehdarksun on 02.12.2011 at 21:13

Written by MétalNoir on 02.12.2011 at 19:23
Annette's voice sounds awesome on many songs and her accent is much better than on DPP, that's a second good point for this album. But, yes some parts are booooring [..]





I guess you find yourself very smart, eh? Your arguments are extremely solid indeed...
renai - 03.12.2011 at 11:01  
Rating: 9 Very much like this album. Annette's vocal , when she goes wild, remind me of Bellatrix LeStrange.....
Theberzerker - 03.12.2011 at 11:35  
Rating: 9 I like this album anyway.
Ghost River shows power, and SOM is my favorite song.
PocketMetal - 03.12.2011 at 15:42  
Rating: 8 Surprise ! I really enjoyed this album , I think it's much better than Dark Passion Play .
my score would be something like 8.5 , it's the first time I enjoy a NW album form start to finish .

thumbs up to them .
ScottyM - 04.12.2011 at 22:22  
  At first listen (didn't complete the entire album at first) I was quick to boredom. I went and put on something else, and figured I'd do the sensible thing and give it a listen when I'm more into it. After coming back the next day, I realized that the album is actually very well written. It's very dark, artistic, and has many different styles to it. I think the great part about the album is that Tuomas finally figured out how to depart from the previous musical style of Nightwish with an opera singer, and adapt his writing to better fit Annette's style, and he did a phenomenal job doing that without ditching the previous musical style of Nightwish. With Dark Passion Play, it's almost like he couldn't quite adapt just enough with Annette, and many songs sounded like they could have used a more operatic singer for them; I don't get that feeling with this album. I'd be hard pressed to say it's their best with so many albums released, but it's definitely up their on their achievements.
Casualcitizen - 05.12.2011 at 20:03  
  Finally...nightwish got over parting with Tarja and produced an album which doesnt lack her voice.
I love this album, simply because it doesnt belong to any music genre "box"
Every song is different and almost all of them a masterpiece as well...
I couldnt be more satisfied but I also understand why some people dont like the album...
If you like just one genre ( metal ) and/or dont like jazz/folk/classical/soundtrack music at
least a bit then youll probably sometimes find Imaginaerum boring...but then i always liked nightwish more for the symphonic rather than for the metal part and i like all the other genres mentioned in the album as well...so for me its a extremely welecomed album and Im sure I will be listening to it over and over...
Ps: scaretale and the crow the owl and the dove are just breathtaking
MétalNoir - 05.12.2011 at 23:18  
Rating: 9 Slowly growing on me... I even had courage enough to rate "I Want my Tears Back" and "Scaretale" a sweet lil' 5-stars on my iPod today. The second half of the album is still shitty enough so far, though.
Pelcu - 06.12.2011 at 00:52  
Rating: 7 In my opinion music is good... But I miss Tarja vocal with power and that specific opera 'accent'. Annete's vocal sounds like mouse's squeal or sorrow's chirps (sorry Anette) in comparision to Tarija's power. This is far too weak vocal for that type of music. And even Anette sing very nice than sometimes it sounds like Abba or other pop bands Nightwish need ROCK vocalist. And everything be good again
MétalNoir - 07.12.2011 at 04:04  
Rating: 9 Tuomas likes lil' boys.
Sepulnation - 07.12.2011 at 05:39  
Rating: 9 Great album...
beyondtehdarksun - 07.12.2011 at 10:28  
Rating: 8
Written by MétalNoir on 03.12.2011 at 01:14
I guess you find yourself very smart, eh? Your arguments are extremely solid indeed...

Actually I was just quoting another thread, but I think it should be regarded as an essential wisdom

BTW the album is in no way bad. I was missing the typical Nightwish songs, but that might just be what makes it stand out from their discography. Guess they're incapable of making a bad album, ever.
Dark†SymphonY - 07.12.2011 at 18:50  
Rating: 8 Fantastic !! and lots film score sounds in many tracks in the album. Interesting new style of Jazz in Slow, Love, Slow where Anette's voice fits very well. The only song I didn't like was The Crow, Owl and the Dove, which felt very poppy and boring. Just as good as Dark Passion Play. ............ and its Disney Metal
Sojgenske - 07.12.2011 at 21:58  
Rating: 5 Yeah... maybe Nightwish wants to get children into metal after all. Well, in that case, "Imaginaerum" is a masterpiece.
But for me, it doesn't do it...
I mean "Dark Passion Play" was already average, but had at least some good stuff like "The Poet...", "Cadence...", "Eva" and "Last of the wilds".
Here, I haven't noticed anything special... maybe I will after a while, who knows.
Jair Crawford - 08.12.2011 at 07:02  
Rating: 9 For those of you who found the album disappointing, I strongly encourage you to listen to the album again, at least two more times. I was slightly disappointed on my first listen, unsure on my second listen, and on the third listen, I began to enjoy it more. And on each listen after that I enjoyed it more and more. This album has a lot of repetition in the riffs and the like, it's true. But you need to really 'feel' the music with this album, not think about the technicalities. They kept the riffs simple and focused more on the atmosphere with this one. This album is one that grows on you on each listen. The surprises can't all be uncovered in one listening. This is not Nightwish's height of technical virtuosity, yet, that isn't what this album is about. This album is about creating an atmosphere. Engage yourself in that atmosphere when you listen. Let the music take you on a journey, instead of straining/yearning for technical virtuosity. Only then will you be able to truly experience the Imaginaerum.

After many listens, I'd rate this album a 9/10. Better than Dark Passion Play for sure. I would say Dark Passion Play's most epic moment (The Poet And The Pendulum) is more epic than the most epic moments of Imaginaerum. HOWEVER, I would also say that the weakest moments of Dark Passion Play are much weaker than the weakest moments of Imaginaerum. Imaginaerum is a much more balanced album, with less filler material than Dark Passion Play, imo. Also, I feel like this album has more throwbacks to the older style of Nightwish than Dark Passion Play did. In fact I would go so far as to say that Imaginaerum as a whole sounds more like Nightwish than Dark Passion Play.

This is truly a great Nightwish album. Not the best Nightwish album though. That goes to Wishmaster, imo.
Troy Killjoy - 08.12.2011 at 07:05  
  Anyone else get tired of having other people tell you to listen to an album more times than you want to because it took them more listens to "get it" than it took you?
Jair Crawford - 08.12.2011 at 07:11  
Rating: 9 It's only a recommendation. lol I'm not telling you to do anything you don't want to do.
Troy Killjoy - 08.12.2011 at 07:14  
  No worries, it just seems to be a recurrent theme with albums that aren't doing so well in the overall rating category. "For those of you who don't like it, listen to it again." It's a valid point sometimes, because some albums deserve another chance, but melodic stuff like this is easy to digest in a single listen.
Jair Crawford - 08.12.2011 at 07:18  
Rating: 9 Good point. Although I'd argue that this is not so much about melody as it is about overall atmosphere, which is something new for Nightwish.
Troy Killjoy - 08.12.2011 at 07:26  
  Hm. I still haven't listened to it (I've only ever really liked one Nightwish album and even then I didn't think it was special) but I'll probably check out a few songs on Youtube half-heartedly at some point.
Jair Crawford - 08.12.2011 at 07:32  
Rating: 9 Best moments of the album, imo are Taikatalvi, Scaretale, Last Ride Of The Day, and the first two parts of Song Of Myself; From A Dusty Bookshelf, and All That Great Heart Lying Still.

Those are the songs I would check out. But then again you'll hear differently depending on who you ask. lol

So which Nightwish album is the one that you most enjoyed?
Troy Killjoy - 08.12.2011 at 07:33  
  Ironically it's the one most Nightwish fans seem to dislike: Once.
Jair Crawford - 08.12.2011 at 07:40  
Rating: 9 I LOVE Once. lol It's my 2nd favorite Nightwish album after Wishmaster.
ErnilEnNaur - 08.12.2011 at 12:48  
 
Written by Troy Killjoy on 08.12.2011 at 07:05

Anyone else get tired of having other people tell you to listen to an album more times than you want to because it took them more listens to "get it" than it took you?


Sometimes - very very rarely - it is actually good advice, but only if it is presented with a bit of humility and intelligence. There's a big difference between telling someone that maybe they are too dumb to get it and telling them that repeat listens might change their mind. It worked for me with Opeth and I had to keep trying for six months. "It's an acquired taste" they told me and it was the best advice I have ever been given. However, here's my humble recommendation as a Nightwish fan: don't bother with "Imaginaerum". This album is not only a poor one, but it is a poor example of what they are actually capable of, it's almost like a self-parody as the lyrics state: "What is left for encore, it's the same old dead boy's song". Unless of course I am too dumb to get it...
Kenos - 08.12.2011 at 13:34  
 
Written by Troy Killjoy on 08.12.2011 at 07:14

melodic stuff like this is easy to digest in a single listen.


That's the point. It's just straight and clear music with lots of catchy tunes and a perfect production which allow you to enjoy it (or not) since the first listen; it doesn't need to be *studied*.
Jair Crawford - 08.12.2011 at 18:04  
Rating: 9
Written by Guest on 08.12.2011 at 12:48

Written by Troy Killjoy on 08.12.2011 at 07:05

Anyone else get tired of having other people tell you to listen to an album more times than you want to because it took them more listens to "get it" than it took you?


Sometimes - very very rarely - it is actually good advice, but only if it is presented with a bit of humility and intelligence. There's a big difference between telling someone that maybe they are too dumb to get it and telling them that repeat listens might change their mind. It worked for me with Opeth and I had to keep trying for six months. "It's an acquired taste" they told me and it was the best advice I have ever been given. However, here's my humble recommendation as a Nightwish fan: don't bother with "Imaginaerum". This album is not only a poor one, but it is a poor example of what they are actually capable of, it's almost like a self-parody as the lyrics state: "What is left for encore, it's the same old dead boy's song". Unless of course I am too dumb to get it...


How would you compare it with Dark Passion Play? I'm just curious as to your opinion. I personally prefer it over DPP, but not everyone does.
ErnilEnNaur - 08.12.2011 at 18:20  
 
Written by Jair Crawford on 08.12.2011 at 18:04

How would you compare it with Dark Passion Play? I'm just curious as to your opinion. I personally prefer it over DPP, but not everyone does.


Imaginaerum leaves me completely unimpressed overall, I only really like the awfully titled "Turn Loose The Mermaids", but everything else is boring. There are virtually no original riffs on this album, the melodies are equally uninspired. The whole album almost sounds like another band with loads of money trying to do Nightwish, but not pulling it off in any area besides the production, which is amazing obviously. Dark Passion Play had weak moments too, but the good moments made up for it IMO. DPP was a completely logical follow-up to Once and Century Child, but in my opinion it was a slight improvement. The Poet And The Pendulum was the most cinematic and emotional song they'd ever done and it was an authentic emotional catharsis, it wasn't pretentious and uninspired like Song Of Myself. There were many other excellent songs on DPP, many of which are among my favorite Nightwish songs. I especially love Master Passion Greed (the best angry song they've ever done) and The Islander, which is my favorite song to play on an acoustic guitar around a campfire (though I suck at playing even such simple songs ). DPP had it's share of commercial and somewhat boring songs too, but the album overall worked very well for me, not 10/10 well, but 8/10 well. It started very well, almost dropped the ball a few times, but always picked it up again with some truly great and catchy melodies and riffs. Even the lyrics on DPP were great and very cinematic ("The horizon is swarming with death" freakin awesome!). The irony is that Imaginaerum, which claims to be a very cinematic album and an emotional roller coaster-ride, doesn't even come close to that level of inspiration. DPP was a very personal album for Tuomas, but unlike Imaginaerum it was not self-indulgent. It was Hans Zimmer metal or Danny Elfman metal, where as Imaginaerum is Disney Metal. That's my two cents.
Marcel Hubregtse - 08.12.2011 at 18:24  
 
Written by Guest on 08.12.2011 at 18:20

Written by Jair Crawford on 08.12.2011 at 18:04

How would you compare it with Dark Passion Play? I'm just curious as to your opinion. I personally prefer it over DPP, but not everyone does.


Imaginaerum leaves me completely unimpressed overall, I only really like the awfully titled "Turn Loose The Mermaids", but everything else is boring. There are virtually no original riffs on this album, the melodies are equally uninspired.


And still you rate it as good.
!J.O.O.E.! - 08.12.2011 at 18:26  
  I was just thinking the same thing, Marcel. 7 is a "good" score.
Jair Crawford - 08.12.2011 at 18:34  
Rating: 9
Written by Guest on 08.12.2011 at 18:20

Written by Jair Crawford on 08.12.2011 at 18:04

How would you compare it with Dark Passion Play? I'm just curious as to your opinion. I personally prefer it over DPP, but not everyone does.


Imaginaerum leaves me completely unimpressed overall, I only really like the awfully titled "Turn Loose The Mermaids", but everything else is boring. There are virtually no original riffs on this album, the melodies are equally uninspired. The whole album almost sounds like another band with loads of money trying to do Nightwish, but not pulling it off in any area besides the production, which is amazing obviously. Dark Passion Play had weak moments too, but the good moments made up for it IMO. DPP was a completely logical follow-up to Once and Century Child, but in my opinion it was a slight improvement. The Poet And The Pendulum was the most cinematic and emotional song they'd ever done and it was an authentic emotional catharsis, it wasn't pretentious and uninspired like Song Of Myself. There were many other excellent songs on DPP, many of which are among my favorite Nightwish songs. I especially love Master Passion Greed (the best angry song they've ever done) and The Islander, which is my favorite song to play on an acoustic guitar around a campfire (though I suck at playing even such simple songs ). DPP had it's share of commercial and somewhat boring songs too, but the album overall worked very well for me, not 10/10 well, but 8/10 well. It started very well, almost dropped the ball a few times, but always picked it up again with some truly great and catchy melodies and riffs. Even the lyrics on DPP were great and very cinematic ("The horizon is swarming with death" freakin awesome!). The irony is that Imaginaerum, which claims to be a very cinematic album and an emotional roller coaster-ride, doesn't even come close to that level of inspiration. DPP was a very personal album for Tuomas, but unlike Imaginaerum it was not self-indulgent. It was Hans Zimmer metal or Danny Elfman metal, where as Imaginaerum is Disney Metal. That's my two cents.


Understandable. For me, I dunno, I feel like DPP had more filler songs than Imaginaerum does. True, Imaginaerum doesn't have a moment quite as epic as TPATP, but, DPP really needed TPATP to save it, imo. Where as Imaginaerum can stand on its own without a song like that to rescue it. But that's just my opinion.
ErnilEnNaur - 08.12.2011 at 18:35  
 
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 08.12.2011 at 18:24

Written by Guest on 08.12.2011 at 18:20

Imaginaerum leaves me completely unimpressed overall, I only really like the awfully titled "Turn Loose The Mermaids", but everything else is boring. There are virtually no original riffs on this album, the melodies are equally uninspired.


And still you rate it is good?


A justified question. To explain, this is probably the lowest 7 I have ever given, if it wasn't for "Turn Loose The Mermaids", it would be a 6. Have you ever heard an album where you cannot help, but admire the production value and the effort that every musician put into it even though the music isn't impressive? That's how it is with this album. Even when I listen to the endless spoken nonsense at the end of "Song Of Myself", I can hear the orchestra playing very well written (from a technical point of view) melodies. I would feel dirty ignoring all of the effort by voting this as average, because other than the songwriting (which is most important to me), it is not average. If I were to review this, the ratings would be the following:

Performance - 9/10
Songwriting - 4/10
Originality - 5-6/10
Production - 10/10

So overall, I am forced to conclude that this is a good album, but as a fan of their earlier work I can add that it is in the lowest possible end of good.

EDIT: Hopefully that explains my vote.
Jair Crawford - 08.12.2011 at 19:09  
Rating: 9 It definitely isn't Tuomas's best songwriting, I agree there. I don't think it's his worst either. His worst songwriting, imo, goes to songs like "Bye Bye Beautiful", "Cadence Of Her Last Breath", and "For The Heart I Once Had". It'll be difficult for him to beat the songwriting he did on Wishmaster, Once, and Century Child, imo. Those 3 albums have some of the most brilliant melodies I've ever heard in my life.
Zmaj Ognjeni Vuk - 08.12.2011 at 20:12  
Rating: 9 Concerning songwriting - Moondance is my favorite NW song - which settles the good or bad lyrics argument for me (and also the Tarja vs Anette one)

Album's lovely and catchy, although the "bla blah old man kisses a manikin" part is boring and unnecessary. I also wouldn't mind a heavier song or two.
Paradox0 - 09.12.2011 at 08:37  
Rating: 8 I was pleasantly surprised by this album. I was expecting Once's over the top production-yet-bland songwriting with Anette but things turned out rather well. Well yes it has even more over the top production with Anette but it sounds like they found out how to utilize her. I almost feel like Tarja wouldn't even be as effective in this, as Anette shows us that her voice actually has a wider range stylistically than Tarja. The orchestra work I think is a huge leap from what we usually experience from Nightwish. It just feels so much more organic as if it is used to create the magical world of Tuamas rather than accentuate the more conventional melodies of the core band. Above all else the variety present is top notch expanding into different genres and stepping away from being a primarily metal act (as I think is a good thing for Nightwish).
Promonex - 10.12.2011 at 05:20  
Rating: 9 I love this album for its semi-firm, rich texture and the intense flavors at the beginning. That smokey note in "Slow, Love, Slow" is just gorgeous! But I would've preferred a tangier finish to be honest. In its best moments ("Ghost River", "Scaretale") it compares to a well-aged Pecorino, in its weaker moments (tracks 8-10) to a decent yet unspectacular Provolone. And of course "Slow, Love, Slow" as acoustic analogue of a Scamorza Affumicato, low-key, but with a distinct taste. Anyway, if you like cheese you should be able to enjoy this.
The Shape 1973 - 12.12.2011 at 21:02  
Rating: 9 I've always enjoyed the journey that Tuomas has taken me on.

I've just got off the bus.
boo-boo - 15.12.2011 at 00:02  
Rating: 7 This album really is something special. It has everything I expected it to have - beautiful orchestral parts, a talented singer and a huge amount of imagination. Atmosphere twists with each song, gets more and more intense and makes you listen and get absorbed by the "Imaginaerum". Everything is as it should be.

The problem is that in a short time it starts to bore you...
RhaegarTargaryen - 17.12.2011 at 20:49  
Rating: 9 I really can't think of Tarja again and stuff .. that is so 2007 ... anyways absolutely fantastic album, much better than expected. Love the folk elements about it. Very catchy, the kind of melodies that stick to your head.
Fat & Sassy! - 25.12.2011 at 05:32  
 
Written by Promonex on 10.12.2011 at 05:20

I love this album for its semi-firm, rich texture and the intense flavors at the beginning. That smokey note in "Slow, Love, Slow" is just gorgeous! But I would've preferred a tangier finish to be honest. In its best moments ("Ghost River", "Scaretale") it compares to a well-aged Pecorino, in its weaker moments (tracks 8-10) to a decent yet unspectacular Provolone. And of course "Slow, Love, Slow" as acoustic analogue of a Scamorza Affumicato, low-key, but with a distinct taste. Anyway, if you like cheese you should be able to enjoy this.


Best review of this album I've seen yet. ;3
billygreek - 25.12.2011 at 23:25  
  Imaginaerum for sure has one or two songs that should not be there..Arabesque and Imaginaerum are two examples..But it also has great songs like Scaretale which are like no other song from their previous albums..Ghost River Rest Calm and Last Ride of The Day are classic nightwish songs with very good choirs..I Want My Tears Back and Storytime are songs for the wide audience.Turn Loose The Mermaids and The Crow, The Owl And The Dove are quiet but very good songs..Even with Slow Love Slow they made a very good job..On the overall I think that it's a great album with some mistakes not too important.It's certainly better than Dark Passion Play but not better from Once...
billygreek - 25.12.2011 at 23:30  
 
Written by billygreek on 25.12.2011 at 23:25

Imaginaerum for sure has one or two songs that should not be there..Arabesque and Imaginaerum are two examples..But it also has great songs like Scaretale which are like no other song from their previous albums..Ghost River Rest Calm and Last Ride of The Day are classic nightwish songs with very good choirs..I Want My Tears Back and Storytime are songs for the wide audience.Turn Loose The Mermaids and The Crow, The Owl And The Dove are quiet but very good songs..Even with Slow Love Slow they made a very good job..On the overall I think that it's a great album with some mistakes not too important.It's certainly better than Dark Passion Play but not better from Once...

Song Of Myself is very good and symphonic song but they should not include the last part..
billygreek - 25.12.2011 at 23:31  
 
Written by billygreek on 25.12.2011 at 23:30

Written by billygreek on 25.12.2011 at 23:25

Imaginaerum for sure has one or two songs that should not be there..Arabesque and Imaginaerum are two examples..But it also has great songs like Scaretale which are like no other song from their previous albums..Ghost River Rest Calm and Last Ride of The Day are classic nightwish songs with very good choirs..I Want My Tears Back and Storytime are songs for the wide audience.Turn Loose The Mermaids and The Crow, The Owl And The Dove are quiet but very good songs..Even with Slow Love Slow they made a very good job..On the overall I think that it's a great album with some mistakes not too important.It's certainly better than Dark Passion Play but not better from Once...

Song Of Myself is very good and symphonic song but they should not include the last part..

Rating 9
Renard Solitaire - 26.12.2011 at 19:43  
Rating: 8
Written by renai on 03.12.2011 at 11:01

Very much like this album. Annette's vocal , when she goes wild, remind me of Bellatrix LeStrange.....


LOL This is both apt and amusing!
In sum, Imaginaerum is a quite good pop metal album.
Promonex - 26.12.2011 at 19:54  
Rating: 9
Written by Fat & Sassy! on 25.12.2011 at 05:32

Written by Promonex on 10.12.2011 at 05:20

I love this album for its semi-firm, rich texture and the intense flavors at the beginning. That smokey note in "Slow, Love, Slow" is just gorgeous! But I would've preferred a tangier finish to be honest. In its best moments ("Ghost River", "Scaretale") it compares to a well-aged Pecorino, in its weaker moments (tracks 8-10) to a decent yet unspectacular Provolone. And of course "Slow, Love, Slow" as acoustic analogue of a Scamorza Affumicato, low-key, but with a distinct taste. Anyway, if you like cheese you should be able to enjoy this.


Best review of this album I've seen yet. ;3


Why, thank you! It was too short to be accepted as an official review here and cheesecommunity.com refused to recognize Imaginaerum as a genuine cheese, so I'm happy I managed to reach at least one person with my review :]
Night Sight - 31.12.2011 at 22:01  
  Very bad
worse than dark passion play
anette vocal is really annoying
MétalNoir - 04.01.2012 at 06:15  
Rating: 9
Written by Jair Crawford on 08.12.2011 at 07:02

For those of you who found the album disappointing, I strongly encourage you to listen to the album again, at least two more times. I was slightly disappointed on my first listen, unsure on my second listen, and on the third listen, I began to enjoy it more. And on each listen after that I enjoyed it more and more. This album has a lot of repetition in the riffs and the like, it's true. But you need to really 'feel' the music with this album, not think about the technicalities. They kept the riffs simple and focused more on the atmosphere with this one. This album is one that grows on you on each listen. The surprises can't all be uncovered in one listening. This is not Nightwish's height of technical virtuosity, yet, that isn't what this album is about. This album is about creating an atmosphere. Engage yourself in that atmosphere when you listen. Let the music take you on a journey, instead of straining/yearning for technical virtuosity. Only then will you be able to truly experience the Imaginaerum.

After many listens, I'd rate this album a 9/10. Better than Dark Passion Play for sure. I would say Dark Passion Play's most epic moment (The Poet And The Pendulum) is more epic than the most epic moments of Imaginaerum. HOWEVER, I would also say that the weakest moments of Dark Passion Play are much weaker than the weakest moments of Imaginaerum. Imaginaerum is a much more balanced album, with less filler material than Dark Passion Play, imo. Also, I feel like this album has more throwbacks to the older style of Nightwish than Dark Passion Play did. In fact I would go so far as to say that Imaginaerum as a whole sounds more like Nightwish than Dark Passion Play.

This is truly a great Nightwish album. Not the best Nightwish album though. That goes to Wishmaster, imo.

OMG it could have been me who had written this comment! Exactly what I've been thinking about Imaginaerum (and DPP) since 4th or 5th listen. Only thing I would like to add: the great variety of styles, from fantasy/Disney epicness to folk to Tim Burton-inspired creepiness to oriental to jazz... Never had Nightwish experimented that much within a single album, and that boosts the originality score.
Leodrak - 17.01.2012 at 23:51  
Rating: 9 I like it from the 1st listen. In fact im listening for 2nd time right now, maybe i will change my rating later, i had listen some good folk metal in this. =D
zakapior - 27.01.2012 at 21:33  
Rating: 9 There is something with this album, it sounds better with every listen. At first i didn't like it much, after a few times i find it very enjoyable. You just have to dive into it and like it or not.
Way better than Dark Passion.
The Shape 1973 - 27.01.2012 at 21:35  
Rating: 9
Written by zakapior on 27.01.2012 at 21:33

There is something with this album, it sounds better with every listen. At first i didn't like it much, after a few times i find it very enjoyable. You just have to dive into it and like it or not.
Way better than Dark Passion.

Might have to go back to it. I gave up after 2 goes, found it very poor. Century Child still the best.
Anastasia - 21.02.2012 at 23:16  
Rating: 8 I was somehow expecting more from NW since it took them 4 years to make a new album. I think Tuomas is one of the best composers on the metal scene, i know it's hard to write for the whole orchestra and make it sound perfect, but altogether it just doesn't sound good to me.
Everything sounds more like a movie score than a song one would listen to without watching a movie. And Anette's childish voice doesn't fit in the songs, but i'm used to this
I'm planning to buy the instrumental version and we'll see then, maybe it will be better (like DPP was), by now my rating is 6.

Edit: I give a 10 to the instrumental version, it's fantastic as usual overall this brings my rating for this CD pack to 8.
The Norseman - 27.02.2012 at 16:58  
Rating: 8 If Tarja's fans complained after the release of "Dark Passion Play" for it being so different from the past ones, now they can complain even more because now Nightwish goes even further.

Personally, I enjoyed this album. "Storytime", "I Want My Tears Back", "Scaretale", "Turn Loose The Mermaids" and "The Crow, The Owl And The Dove" are all great songs in my opinion.

I have to admit that at some point I wondered if one could call this "power (metal)", I think it has less and less "power" but the "symphonic" aspect is still there (a lot).

I could give a "9" rate to this one but still with so many great songs, I feel the album is missing something. I just don't feel the songs have a continuation, they seam to be all very isolated from each other but it might just be me.

Overall I still loved it.

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