Fireworks

CD Reviews

Tarja - 'The Shadow Self' http://rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/35/50/74/Tarja-The-Shadow-Self-60-1476210444.jpg Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     October 11, 2016    
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
4005   0   1   0   0   0

Artist

Artist

Title

Label

Genre

Tarja has managed to convince with her most mature, accomplished and flowing album yet.

Having released 'The Brightest Void' several months ago as a prequel to this album, Tarja (Turunen-Cabuli) has already whetted the appetite of her devoted fans. Both releases contain songs that she'd been working on at the same time, although some of them go right back to her 'My Winter Storm' writing sessions.

The dark Scandinavian melancholy pervades almost every aspect of these songs as Tarja readily admits a lot of her writing comes from her dark side, which helps to inspire and create the music she records and that 'Black' was the album's original working title. The name she eventually settled on was influenced by an Annie Lennox interview where Lennox discussed a darker side we all have and referenced the shadow self, which Tarja thought would make a great title, representing the beautiful darkness she has within herself and which all her songs are borne from.

This is probably Tarja's strongest album yet, certainly her heaviest, and I believe she has come of age as a solo artiste. Recording took place in Argentina, Finland and Antigua, with Tim Palmer mixing it at his home studio in Texas. James Dooley and Bart Hendrickson have both been involved in the orchestral and choir arrangements again, as they were on 'Colours In The Dark'. Although Tarja has used a multitude of musicians, some of the usual suspects and current touring regulars are here, including Christian Kretschmar (keyboards), Kevin Chown (bass), Alex Scholpp (guitar) and Max Lilja (cello).

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site


With the exception of 'Supremacy', the Muse cover she has strikingly made her own, all the songs are deeply personal. 'No Bitter End' speaks for itself as the first single/video whilst the second, 'Innocence', has a Chopin piano piece in the middle eight that Anders Wollbeck found for Tarja and which was recorded by Izumi Kawakatsu as she wanted to re-connect with her classical roots. Tarja duets with Alissa White-Gluz – who uses both her growls and clean voice – on 'Demons In You', pokes fun at herself on 'Diva' and dazzles on 'Love To Hate' which is both encapsulating and majestic. Her younger brother Tony duets with her on the melodious 'Eagle Eye', whilst the epic, balladic 'Too Many' seduces and enthrals in equal measure.

With epic soundscapes, sweeping brush strokes and kaleidoscopic colours, Tarja has managed to convince with her most mature, accomplished and flowing album yet, which beautifully matches the majesty of her former band Nightwish.

Carl Buxton

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.

 


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


busy

Member Login



Calendar

<<  February 2020  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
       1  2
  3  4  5  6  7  8  9
10111213141516
17181920212223
242526272829 

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 1 week, 2 days ago
  • Johns Band : Royal Hunt new concept album in the works to be released in 2020.
  • Berny : @WardyS1: I will contact you by e - mail.
  • WardyS1 : Hi. Also purchased 90 couple days back but not in my orders have receipt. Cannot find an email to contact instead link sorry
  • Rocktopia Te : @tomandpam: Hope this is now sorted and you were able to download the magazine
  • tomandpam : I ordered a download of #90 and it's not in my orders and I have the PayPal receipt. Can you help with this? Thanks
  • Berny : @zom414: Apologies for my late reply. Could you please contact me directly at «email» ? Many thanks in advance!
  • zom414 : Trying to change my password but the security question won't accept my answer, can you help?
  • SeaDog57 : just an observation. I just got Issue 89 at the Bookstore and when i looked at the spine of the magazine it says "Fireworks Issue 85 Winter Jan - Mar 2019" Was this a misprint? The rest of the Magazine is Issue 89. Was just wondering did anyone else notice this?
  • Berny : Apologies! Magazine can now be accessed from your download section. Best wishes, B.
  • Berny : @Martykelly: We're sorry
  • Martykelly : Just purchased issue 89 hoping its going to be in my download soon.
  • Johns Band : Will "Watch & Listen" music videos make a comeback. Just order H.E.A.T. "Live In London" CD.
  • Berny : @the trapps: Apologies for the delay in processing your order. The magazine is now available in your downloads section.
  • the trapps : waiting for the issue 89 which we purchased to be in our downloads section ???
  • Berny : @tomandpam: Many thanks for your purchase. The download instructions were sent yesterday, please contact me at «email» should you haven't received the email.
  • tomandpam : I paid for a download on issue 89 and didn't receive the download. Please let me know when I can get it. Thanks
  • Berny : @zom414: Fireworks Magazine #89 will be available at selected UK based newsagents on December 16th. The digital version can already be purchased in our Download Store.
  • zom414 : When's the next mag due for release?
  • Berny : @el nowy: Apologies for the delay in processing your order. Pls. check your mail!
  • el nowy : Hi, how long does it take for my download license to be available? I purchased it 3 days ago. Thanks!
  • Rocktopia Te : @l.thijs: Apologies for the delay, your digital copy can now be downloaded from your "My Downloads" section.
  • l.thijs : Hi Fireworks Magazine. I made a purchase on 10 nov and I paid by Paypall. I bought the #85 fireworks mag download for GBP3,50. But I didn,t receive anything. Please can you find out what's going on?
  • kazooba : I have digital versions of every issue from 27 thru 88, any way I can get issues 1 - 26 with cd's digitally?
  • Berny : @SeaDog57: The links are in the Fireworks menu. Have you tried scrolling down? Maybe your screen size is too small...
  • SeaDog57 : Berny; there are only links up to Fireworks 86. Which is kinda strange because i already downloaded CD 87 but i'm looking for the link to CD 88...Chris
  • Rocktopia Te : @Johns Band: Can you please contact us here: «email»
  • Johns Band : Fireworks Magazine 88 did not arrive by post. paid by PayPal. Any Suggestion.
  • Berny : @bpomper: Can you pls. contact the Rocktopia team here: «email»
  • bpomper : i found the problem..old email i can not access.i have tried to change it by editing my info but it wont allow. any suggestions
  • Berny : @bpomper: A reply was sent yesterday, We recommend checking your spam/junk mail to see if our message was filtered there. The magazine was already sent to your shipping address. Please let me know if you do not receive it within the next couple of days. Thanks for your patience!

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us

FacebookTwitterYoutubeGoogle

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site