Nightwish – Endless Forms Most Beautiful Album Review
Soooo…we heard the single release “Élan” (review here) and we thought this would be a nice pop-laden Nightwish album. WRONG! The early release track “Shudder Before The Beautiful” wasn’t too impressive either, so we went in with mixed feelings into the review process, expecting that Tuomas will not fully make use of Floor Jansen’s vocal talents…WRONG AGAIN!
To cut a long story short, “Endless Forms Most Beautiful” is a true masterpiece of symphonic metal with all the celtic influences you love about Nightwish.
This is not a “listen-to-it-once-and you know” album – there are backstories behind songs like (just as an example) “My Walden” and “Edema Ruh” which, once you read up on in case you don’t know it, makes the experience so much better. Do you remember the famous photograph of the “Afghan Girl” by journalist Steve McCurry on the June 1985 cover of National Geographic? She was later identified as Sharbat Gula and the instrumental called “The Eyes Of Sharbat Gula” on this album just perfectly matches and enhances this famous photo.
If that isn’t enough to make your spines, bones and skin shiver…add Richard Dawkins (an English ethologist, evolutionary biologist, and writer) to the mix. His quotes are spread into a few songs…there you have it.
“The Greatest Show On Earth”, a 24 minute track, concludes the album with a tour de force ride of emotions that is definitely Nightwish’s masterpiece as of today. The album is best taking in by listening to it from beginning to end over and over…them you will appreciate it’s drama, story and beauty…just like life, which this album is about in the end
1. Shudder Before the Beautiful
2. Weak Fantasy
4. Yours Is an Empty Hope
5. Our Decades in the Sun
6. My Walden
7. Endless Forms Most Beautiful”
8. Edema Ruh
10.The Eyes of Sharbat Gula (Instrumental)
11.The Greatest Show on Earth”
What we love about this album: Floor Jansen (she kills it), Emppu having a chance to do some soulful guitar licks on “Edema Ruh” (sooo good) and just the overall positive, but at the same time downing vibe.
What we don’t like: Not enough vocals from Marco on this one…