Nightwish Imaginaerum
3.5 Release Date: 2011
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4.0 excellentAyashi | November 30th 11

Well, I'll be damned! This album absolutely eviscerates its predecessor. Some songs won't reveal their secrets upon the very first spin, but I personally think no bad songs can be found here. I still need to listen to "Song of Mine" a lot more, but even now it's a very consistent and good record. Easily 4 or 4,5.

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1.5 very poorDarkNoctus CONTRIBUTOR | November 29th 11

I WANT MY TIME BAAAAAAAAAACK :] :] :]

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4.0 excellentsomerandomusername | August 4th 13

A symphonic-style journey through the depths of mystery.

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5.0 classicpencils3 | December 3rd 11

I stopped caring a long time ago about those who whine on about Tarja and her departure, Tuomas and his selling-out, how crap Ms Olzen is... etc. This is a superb album - theatrical, bombastic, poppy, metal, brooding, accessible, heavy, sympohonic, rocky, catchy, powerful... and so on. I'm a fan.

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2.5 averageDylan Longstreet | November 30th 11

OMG I've heard the album almost once! 5.0!!!!

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3.5 greatEvatallica | June 26th 14

Nightwish take their Disney influences to their absolute peak here with many songs focusing on the concept of childhood innocence and longing. While I do appreciate the obvious effort and time placed into the concept of the album itself, I believe that Tuomas and crew should have focused more on the music. The music itself is more varied than that of previous releases, but some of the genre choices (Slow Love Slow) and a pretentious spoken word section (Song of Myself) really bring this record down a notch for me. rFavorite tracks:rStorytimerGhost RiverrRest CalmrThe Crow, The Owl, and the Dove

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2.0 poorMegaJake1024 | August 20th 12

Very underwhelming; this band was spectacular with Tarja. They are no longer without her.

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3.0 goodJulbailey96 | March 20th 12

Some people complain that this album is wasted potential and others say that it's a classic, as far as I'm concerned it's just silly Symphonic Metal, it's silly and over the top, but enjoyable.

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3.0 goodZedo Kei | February 19th 12

Not bad, this one just could be another GOOD album from Nightwish...surely the album was a quite enjoyable!!

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2.5 averageKenneth E. Rathburn | December 4th 11

Occasionally ludicrous, sparingly brilliant and generally unimposing, Imaginaerum sees Nightwish continue to lose steam with an ambitious concept. It isn't without points to enjoy and savor, but these are so brief, few and far between that it's tough to feel like the entire package holds itself together. Too many stretches senselessly drag out, with the entire second half of "Song of Myself" being the ultimate exercise in contrived narrative. As a result, the entire album is merely bogged down by its own failure to take initiative with the potential at-hand.

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0.0 Matthew D. French | December 1st 11

Okay, time to inject my worthless opinion of this here album. Here's the jist of it: Nightwish further devolve and leave their glory days behind. That's right, the praise for this is totally unwarranted. Imaginaerum should have been incredible, but it isn't. The inclusion of the folksy, Celtic influences and grandiose orchestration is occasionally brilliant, spreading influence far and wide and helping to service Nightwish's eclecticism. However, little else can be praised. A lot of the most brilliant moments here are marred by the integration of too many genres. As a result, some of the more aimless meandering, i.e., the gorgeously evocative piano-led sections and folksy elements are tarnished by senselessly derivative song formulas and orchestral conclusions (although good here and there) that border on the overly theatrical side. The choirs feel like a total gimmick by now, and the formula is overwhelmingly poppy at times. All in all, a record that shows glimmers of brilliance that's hugely weighted by poor musicianship. What a shame - this could have been a classic.

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