Nightwish
Highest Hopes


4.5
superb

Review

by Callum Thomson USER (6 Reviews)
May 2nd, 2006 | 15 replies | 4,152 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Hey guys this is my first review so be sure to tell me what you think
Okay so the album is the greatest hits and is a must for nightwish noobs.First a short bio of nightwish

The idea of Nightwish was "born" in July 1996 at midnight when Tuomas was spending a night with his friends around a campfire. The first three songs, which were acoustic mood music, were recorded between October and December 1996. At that time, the band had three members: Tuomas, Tarja and Emppu.In 2005 tarja was fired.


The Compilation is a good mix of songs from the album "angels fall first" to "Once" and a bonus track that is a cover of Pink Floyd's "high hopes" Which is sung by Marco.The grteatest hits deals with some huge hits and some songs that werenít so big and after 6 albums this compilation goes from first to last of hits and after 12 released singles I was sadly surprised to see it did not contain the first release "The Carpenter". A great thing about "Highest hopes" is the fact that it nicely spans out to end the era of Nightwish's first chapter as the final concert was played on 21 October for 11,500 people in Hartwell-Arena in Helsinki. The concert was also recorded to be released as an End of an Era live DVD.
After the last concert, Tuomas, Emppu, Marco and Jukka fired Tarja Turunen, and her manager Marcelo Cabuli. The reason for this was because during the Once Tour their attitude and actions had turned out to be against almost all that Nightwish represents. As one may guess, the news of the firing was followed by an incredible sensation and hullabaloo. Once the nearly ridiculous fuss was finally starting to calm down in the end of 2005, Nightwish was able to look to the future and wait for an adequate singer to be found.
By the end of 2005, "Once" has sold approx. 1,000 000 copies worldwide as well, it has sold triple platinum in Finland, platinum in Germany, and gold in Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Greece, and Austria. The "Highest Hopes" collection has sold double platinum in Finland and gold in Norway by the end of the year 2005.



Song reviews are as followed

Wish I Had An Angel--
So to me this wasnít such a big hit and is one of the mainstream songs around but it starts of the compilation well and comes from the album "Once"-3/5

Stargazers--
Has a nice intro and soon bursts into a solo like riff with hats off (and pants off) to tarja after but I donít understand why itís a big hit, as it was never released in the first place. It comes off the album "Ocean born" -4/5

The Kinslayer--
Truly the best Nightwish intro I have heard Tuomas do and it shortly bursts out with vocals and contains a great insert of anotherís vocals. It even sounds like it has explosions placed into it. It comes off the album "wishmaster" -4/5

Ever Dream--
A typical nightwish ballad but this is no ordinary ballad as it contains a lot more strength that Tarja was good for and comes off the album "Century child" 5/5

Elvenpath--
Acht it is de elvenpath. This track is about the lord of the rings and is catchy with very fast guitar riffs and is one of the best on the compilation. It comes off the album "Angels Fall First" 3/5

Bless The Child--
A slightly slower Nightwish song but has some good musical entry and some great backing vocals of somebody talking. It comes off the album "Century child" 3/5

Nemo--
One of the most famous Nightwish tracks. This song is guaranteed to grow on you and reach into your brain and get you addicted as it contains some haunting music and an orchestral need to be re-listened to. One of the best Nightwish songs off the album "Once" 5/5

Sleeping Sun--
This is the 2005 version and sounds a lot better than the original Ocean born track. I recommend that you listen to the original before you listen to this one as you will notice the Guitar solo is cleaner and less distorted 4/5

Dead To The World--
My favourite Nightwish song so far. It is sung by Marco and Tarja and is a lot different to how Marco usually sings. Off the album "Century child" 5/5

Over The Hills And Far Away--
The perfect cover. Originally by Gary Moore this song maintains a good reputation of telling a story of a prisoner accused of robbery 5/5

Deep Silent Complete--
Another slow track yet a great hit with huge power metal force. Tarjaís voice is a lot better in this track and she reaches some nice musical aspects though the song is not particularly repayable a million times, unlike most Nightwish songs off the album "Wishmaster" 2/5

Sacrament Of Wilderness--
A great song that has been arranged nicely with some synth behind the vocals but this track doesnít convince you unless you listen to it more than 5 times. Off the album "Ocean born" -4/5

Walking In The Air--
A Nice cover of "the snowman" theme. The Track keeps up with a good force in the solo and then narrows down. Off the album "Ocean born" 4/5

Wishmaster--
Oh yeah! The Nightwish classic "wishmaster" blows your eyes out of you skull then pushes you off your chair. Truly a great song when the chorus is done the second time at the intro as it builds up and makes you dance and off the album "Wishmaster" 5/5

Dead Boy's Poem--
Once again another slow track...but a brilliant one too with a little boy speaking in the background off the album "Wishmaster" 3/5

High Hopes - Live--
A perfect cover of the Pink Floyd classic and it sounds better and especially with Marco singing it 4/5

A perfect compilation for all nightwish fans and Noobs

PROS-----
Has slow tracks merged with fast tracks
Exclusive cover
CONS------
Most tracks are from the two great albums "Ocean born" and "Century child"
Phantom of the opera isnít on it

Overall I feel that the album contains all of the best hits needed but I dont believe that dead boyís poem was a big hit for the band



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morrissey
Moderator
May 2nd 2006



1688 Comments


Please stop re-submitting this. I told you what you need to do to improve this review. Until those steps are taken, I will have to keep deleting this review, it just isn't up to the quality standards. Thanks.

edit: thanks for running it through the spellcheck (I got your email), but there are so many other improvements that need to be made. Just run through the entire suggestions list I gave you and try to do as many as possible, as detailed as possible. This Message Edited On 05.02.06

nightwishmaster
May 3rd 2006



65 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

okay will do

nightwishmaster
May 3rd 2006



65 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

err...what didnt i cover that i did'nt already?

morrissey
Moderator
May 3rd 2006



1688 Comments


-You need more detail. Only do a track by track if you have something significant to say about each song. Otherwise, blend it all into an overall and only highlight the best and the worst tracks.
- What you have already is good, but it is so skimpy and you need so much more. Analyse the songs. Interpret them. What emotions are they trying to convey? Do they do this well? What do you feel when listening to the album?
- How are the lyrics? Do they improve the songs or detract from them? Any particularly good/bad lines you'd like to point out?
- Does this compilation accurately cover their career? if I had never heard Nightwish before, would this album give me everything I need to hear? Are they any substantial periods of their career missing, any highlight songs that should be here?
- What makes it a "must for nightwish noobs"? What is so special about it? Is it because it has a lot of songs? Covers a lot of ground? The songs are all excellent? What makes it so good?
- Why is _____ your favourite song and ____ your least favourite? What makes them stand out?
- Do Nightwish fanboys need this album? Does it offer anything new?

Try to avoid using point form and short sentences. I'm not saying you have to be vague and long-winded, just be a little more accomplished in your writing. Otherwise it is boring to read. And less detailed. Details, details, details.


I'm going to approve this and send it out into the wild and hopefully they can give you different advice because I feel like I am not getting through to you. Guys, don't be quick to neg this or insult him. Please help.This Message Edited On 05.03.06

temporary
May 3rd 2006



207 Comments


Wow, the tracklist for this seems pretty crappy... Definitly not what I would have chosen.

Besides that, all I can say is listen to Morrisey.

nightwishmaster
May 4th 2006



65 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah i agree

Remial4
May 9th 2006



99 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Wait a sec... *looks at iTunes*... hmmm... hold on... yeh WTF!?! HOW COME I DIDN'T GET DEEP SILENT COMPLETE ON MY ALBUM!?! Yeh this is pritty lame for a Greatest Hits. But it's funny when Tarja says "The ElvenPoth". Hehe that sounds really mean. Just cus she's finnish.

Ayashi
August 5th 2007



267 Comments


The track listing just doesn't do the album much justice! But it's still Nightwish so 4'd

LifeFeedsOnLife
April 25th 2008



81 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album should totally include more tracks from Once...


shrikeman1
December 5th 2008



128 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I must confess I was a little disapointed that it didn't have "Ghost Love Score"(one of my overall favourites) or "Dark Chest of Wonders"(the epic opening song on "Once"). However it did have a great mix of Nightwish songs that I really like.

BallsToTheWall
December 5th 2008



44164 Comments


I just wish this had The Carpenter. Underrated song.

Fugue
December 5th 2008



7352 Comments


yeah, in terms of how to improve this, just do everything Morrissey said and you'll be fine. This was actually the first I ever heard of Nightwish, and it didn't really do it for me at the time so I would agree that the track list sorta sucks. Other than that, welcome to Sputnik.

shrikeman1
January 30th 2009



128 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Listening to this right now. Ever Dream owns. :]

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
April 14th 2010



8744 Comments


Very bad review, pretty cool record. Why didn't you mention the DVD that comes with it? Why didn't you describe any of the music at all? Useless review.

PyxLax
April 17th 2011



9 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm only saying it is a good song collection for those who have never heard of Nightwish before and want to just taste them. Of course this applies for Tarja Era. Those who have the other albums might find it useless, and the die hard will buy it for the included dvd and just to keep the official releases list complete.



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