Tarja Turunen
Colours in the Dark



by Epictemptation USER (2 Reviews)
September 14th, 2013 | 10 replies

Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I think 2 chances are enough, sorry Tarja you might as well stick to arias and covers unless you can surprise me with something.

When word came out that Tarja Turunen was going to release a new album, I wasn't so excited for it. After that failed attempt at making things better with "What Lies Beneath' I knew Tarja wasn't so fitting for the metal scene anymore. Her voice didn't go well with the heavy riffs and neither did the melody or atmosphere fit with Tarja's voice anymore. A solo career did sound awesome at first but even the release of "My Winter Storm" (my favorite out of all the 4 studio albums this women has made) failed dramatically.

So with that all in my mind I still had the heart and sympathy to give Tarja another chance. "Colors in The Dark" was released in September and I miraculously went on and took a listen to it. The album begins with "Victim Of Ritual" a single released by Tarja during the summer. This single caught my eyes and ears on Tarja's musical direction. Now although it wasn't exactly a good song or even a unique single, I was still interested in what Tarja was going to create with "Colours In The Dark". But continuing on with the album we hear an experimental sound throughout all the songs.
The next two songs "500 letters" and "Lucid Dreamer" express more of Tarja's basic setting in her previous albums but still have that experimental atmosphere. The orchestral arrangement really sets the experimentation and crossover in all the songs. "Lucid Dreamer" really stands out out of all the songs in the album, once you listen to that song you will understand what I mean.

"Never Enough" is where the downfall occurs. This is my reasoning for not having a desire to listen to Tarja anymore. Her vocals and the mediocre melody instantly kills the mood of the album. The heavy guitar riffs and progressive rock sound fail to handle Tarja's classical voice and vibrato. But we can't blame that for the whole entire downfall, no its Tarja's voice that destroys the song and pretty much the rest of the album.

It seems between "Mystique Voyage" to the heavy metal song "Neverlight" we hear a crossover between something I would hear from "Bjork" and indie rock. To be honest this direction hasn't really made Tarja stand out or sound any better compared to her other albums. Although it doesn't hold her back any further from making a brilliant album, it just makes her image stale. The cover "Darkness" (originally from Peter Gabriel) is the second song that stands out, a nice example that Tarja still has it, but yet again its a cover. "Medusa" is an alternative sound but sadly its too stretched out (as well as the rest of the album).

Now I am not going to sit here and judge this women because she made another average mainstream metal album. I give Tarja props for heading at an experimental pathway with "Colours in the Dark". Tarja released an album that in my opinion many die hard fans will enjoy and appreciate. As for metal listeners and music listeners in general I wouldn't say the same thing. It's pretty much a cherry pick of a couple of good decent songs and leaving the boring tracks there to just sit and rot. On a brighter note this women is collabing with "Within Temptation" so lets see where that goes with Tarja's career.

Great orchestral arrangement and musical composition (in terms of instrumental).
Lucid Dreamer honesty amazed me and surprised me that Tarja can produce such a advant garde song. Nice psychological feeling when listening to it.
Pretty much all die hard Tarja fans will like this album.

Tarja voice, even though she had improved a lot she still can't compete with the melodies and the heavy metal sound.
She tried too hard, you can hear it when listening to the album.
Gets really boring, many songs are too stretched out.
A bit heavier would have been nice.

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siIverspawn (2.5)
well it's better than emmure...

Comments:Add a Comment 
September 14th 2013


Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

I still love her, I just had to review this album. I felt more confident with this review then my previous one.

September 14th 2013


I cant take this review seriously after you said My Last Breath was garbage.

Digging: The Meads of Asphodel - Running Out Of Time Doing Nothing

September 14th 2013


Tarja solo material is ok, she has a bunch of good songs. Sadly everything made by nightwish since his departure is better than a big part of her material.

September 15th 2013


her solo material is turrrrible

September 15th 2013


Album Rating: 5.0

Comparing to her last 2 albums , I think this one is really good . At the beginning I thought this is another average album , but after a while , I changed my mind . It's not a brilliant album , but it much better than "My winter storm" and , without a doubt , "What lies beneath"

September 15th 2013


Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

I actually want her to stay in this musical direction, when I heard Lucid Dreamer I was completely speechless that Tarja made such a creative masterpiece. So this album isn't any improvement but this can be the start to an excellent future for her.

October 1st 2013


Album Rating: 5.0

See though, this is the thing 'heavier would have been nice'. It's not for the people who are into proper heavy stuff. That's more for the shallow listeners and made by the self centered 'noise artists'.

I believe she has improved drastically coming out of Nightwish (which has just proved to be a massive train wreck, Lead by a man who is so in love with himself, he thinks the sun shines out of his ass, even though, going beyond all the noise he makes, has very little in the way of talent)

I can understand in a way why Tarja isn't as successful as she should be. She isn't main stream enough for all the shallow sheep, yet at the same time she is to 'soft and main stream' for the rockers who think they are so cool because they aren't main stream.

I think i'm very lucky when it comes to that, because I can actually enjoy quality music without worrying about what group I fall into.

Oh, also, the voice of singers are way more important than the music as the voices are unique, where as music and instruments and pretty much be learnt almost by anyone.

Sorry by the way if I sound like an arse in any way- second day of not smoking so I could not be bothered to word what I wanted to say elegantly.

December 7th 2013


Album Rating: 4.5

This album is fucking awsome, and I'm 7th day Anettist.

December 26th 2013


Album Rating: 5.0

Why do you even bother reviewing a Tarja's album if you go all over the web spreading your hate on her? The album is freaking awesome but well, I can't expect less from a WT fan. Poor band! They have some of the stupidest fans on earth. If you're going to review something, at least try to be objective.

And I couldn't agree more with xashfordx

January 6th 2014


Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Haha ^

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