TARJA – THE SHADOW SELF
Released: Aug 05, 2016
℗ 2016 NEMS Enterprises SRL under exclusive license to Edel Germany GmbH.
- Demon’s in You (feat. Arch Enemy’s Alissa White-Gluz)
- No Bitter End
- Love To Hate
- Supremacy (Muse cover)
- Living End
- Eagle Eye
- Calling From the Wild
- Too Many
Reviewed By Dean Duffin
Today I’ll be reviewing Tarja Turunen‘s album the shadow self. Tarja herself has had a long career in music she was previously the female vocalist for gothic/symphonic metal band Nightwish. In 2005 she left Nightwish and in 2006 became a solo artist full time with the release of Hekays Ikuisuudesta translated as Breath from Heaven. In 2007 she released My Winter Storm. In 2010 she released What Lies Beneath. In 2013 she released Colours In The Dark. Now Tarja has released The Shadow Self which was released on 5 August 2016 with label earMUSIC.
The first song of this track is Innocence and the piano work at the start of this song is really good, leading you straight into the guitar work which then leads to Tarja Turunen‘s voice. This song has a heavy focus on the word “Innocence“. Which can translate into a lot of things for a lot of people. For me, the line “doors must stay open” is what really draws me into this song reminding me of when were young and innocent. Tarja’s voice is both beautiful and very calming to hear and the work of the musicians involved combined with this to make one beautiful song. This is defiantly one of those songs I could listen to on repeat for days and never tire of it.
The second song of this album is called Demon In You and features Alissa White-Gluz from Arch Enemy. The intro has a nice beat as it gets heavier and heavier with the same beat till it stays heavy. You can hear both singers clearly in this song and it sounds great they combine so well. When Tarja reach’s those high notes it makes the song so much stronger. This is a great song for headbanging and pumping your fist to. When I listen to it, it sounds like a self-reflection song when Tarja sings.
The third song No Bitter End the first twenty seconds of the song are softer which gives a greater focus on Tarja’s vocals. Then when the rock hits combining with her voice makes for a very swell song it’s got awesome guitar solos and her voice sounds so magnificent in this track it harmonizes so hauntingly well. The song itself reminds me of a song about staying strong and holding on. It continues this album’s magnificence so well making you need to listen to more it’s a great placement for a third track on the album.
The fourth song on the album Love To Hate, follow her voice with the song and it is like she’s telling a story. Having all the captivating moments like a movie track would with her going quiet and it building up. You can tell this song is about heartbreak and pain. Her voice is projected so beautifully that you can’t help but feel what she’s singing. Three minutes into the song is where it starts getting heavier building on this song and you can tell this story’s going somewhere deep. Towards the end, you know the story as it ends with the line “brush away my sorrow“. Such a Beautifully performed song and so well written. You just cannot help but fall in love with the story in this song.
The fifth song Supremacy has a great foot beat at the start that you can really get behind. Then it has a marching type of drum beat. The vocals are brilliant when Tarja reach’s that high note and holds it just sends chills through your ears. This song has a really good beat and guitar work throughout it. This is one song I would love to see live. The high pitch of her voice is just amazing. This is another great song in a great album that I could listen to on repeat for ages.
The sixth song on an album that just keeps getting better is called the Living End. This is one of the softer songs but carry’s Tarja’s voice so well with the harmonic tones she brings. This song has such a great harmony you can really hear Tarja’s voice at its most perfect in this song with the haunting echo of its beauty.
The seventh song is called Diva. This is a beautiful orchestral song. The start is a bit different from all the others but then as you get into the song it get’s deeper, showing off the orchestral vocals that Tarja is known for and it is a beautiful thing to hear plus that laugh at the end was a brilliant suprise.
The eighth song is called Eagle Eye. This has beautiful guitar work and a really nice beat. This is a beautiful song and the message is clear that it’s about coming back to life. With great clear vocals and both lyrics “I found a way to feel alive” and “Where the winds swept our hearts clear” are so beautiful this is a strong emotional song one that will touch you deeply. Another song you could have on repeat for days from what is such a great album.
Track nine Undertaker and from the start I was hooked it’s got a very strong beat. This is just a great track. The beat and Tarja’s voice fit so well with Together. It kept my foot tapping the whole way through. I think this will be a favourite by far. Five minutes into the song and it just gets even better one of the highlights of the album for me is defiantly Undertaker.
Track ten, Calling From The Wild, from the start this song has a nice feel with Tarja’s voice then goes beautifully heavy with a choir of voices you can really enjoy and the guitar work is brilliant. It stays heavy with Tarja’s voice and it suits so amazingly well blended in perfectly. Has such a rich harmony in this song that fits so well. This is another cracker of a song I would love to see performed live.
I have reached Tarja’s last song on this amazing album The Shadow Self that I don’t want to stop listening to as each song has been performed and executed so well. But here it is, the last song is called Too Many. This song continues with the beautifulness that is Tarja’s voice. It is a great end song of this album, “only fear won’t fade away” is such a beautiful line. That even when the guitar work and drum beats stop and you only hear Tarja’s voice you still can’t stop listening her vocals have you hooked from start to end.
All in all this is a great album Tarja reach’s such a great vocal range and demonstrates such beautiful tones that can only be described as hauntingly beautiful. The songs themselves are both strong and beautiful if there’s any album you would want that will take you on a journey and keep you hooked the entire time it’s Tarja Turunen‘s album The Shadow Self.