Music Box Opera

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
If the title Music Box Opera evokes a precious, small thing being expanded into something grand, then it has done its job. The mood is introspective and melancholy throughout the Delerium project's first studio album in six years, but as before, the filigree and elegance flow throughout, offering music that's a more goth and grand version of Enigma. As far as vocals, like last time out (2006's Nuages du Monde) Music Box Opera is filled with guest singers, so take the guitar-bite and tortured-tween attitude out of group's like Evanescence, or inject more mystery into the work of Sarah McLachlan, and you've got the song structure. Delerium mastermind Bill Leeb (who also ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
If the title Music Box Opera evokes a precious, small thing being expanded into something grand, then it has done its job. The mood is introspective and melancholy throughout the Delerium project's first studio album in six years, but as before, the filigree and elegance flow throughout, offering music that's a more goth and grand version of Enigma. As far as vocals, like last time out (2006's Nuages du Monde) Music Box Opera is filled with guest singers, so take the guitar-bite and tortured-tween attitude out of group's like Evanescence, or inject more mystery into the work of Sarah McLachlan, and you've got the song structure. Delerium mastermind Bill Leeb (who also offers much darker, much fiercer material with the industrial acts Skinny Puppy and Front Line Assembly) is more comfortable than ever with letting these tracks develop. The contemplative heartache of "Days Turn Into Nights" with Michael Logen drifts and flows past the six-minute mark while "Sky (Tears from Heaven)" with Kristy Thirsk breaks seven, giving up its middle minute to a hypnotic, beatless breakdown. Even as "Hammer" with Leona Naess creeps into Portishead territory with its trip-hop beats and jazzy vocal vamping, Leeb's allegiance to the dark keeps everything Delerium-worthy, with grand pianos echoing from down the hall while wordless, ethereal vocals suggest ghosts wearing corsets and frills have taken over the grand ballroom. Longtime fans of Leeb will be pleased to see names like Rhys Fulber, Jared Slingerland, and Jeremy Inkel in the credits, and even if this seems like last time out with singers guiding the show, this one flows better and comes off as the Delerium album that's best experienced in one sitting. Approach it with anything close to a Beetlejuice attitude and all the lace starts to unravel, but those who think dark and stormy nights are also the most romantic will feel right at home.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/30/2012
  • Label: Nettwerk Records
  • UPC: 067003096225
  • Catalog Number: 30962
  • Sales rank: 37,349

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Consciousness of Love - Stef Lang (4:37)
  2. 2 Monarch - Nadina (5:18)
  3. 3 Days Turn Into Nights - Michael Logen (6:08)
  4. 4 Chrysalis Heart - Stef Lang (3:49)
  5. 5 Light Your Light (5:38)
  6. 6 Raindown (5:48)
  7. 7 Sky (Tears from Heaven) - Kristy Thirsk (7:09)
  8. 8 Hammer - Leona Naess (5:33)
  9. 9 Awakening (6:44)
  10. 10 Frostbite - Anna-Lynne Williams (6:00)
  11. 11 Keyless Door - Azure Ray (5:05)
  12. 12 Music Box Opera (5:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Delerium Primary Artist
Rhys Fulber Synthesizer, Keyboards
Roy Salmond Keyboards
Kristy Thirsk Vocals
Azure Ray Vocals
Leah Randi Bass Guitar
Charbel Mounayer Vocals
Jeremy Inkel Synthesizer
Jared Slingerland Guitar
Michael Logen Vocals
Nadina Vocals
Stef Lang Vocals
Meghan Engel Strings
Technical Credits
Rhys Fulber Composer, Programming, Producer
Bill Leeb Composer, Producer
Greg Reely Mastering
Roy Salmond Composer
Mark Jowett Composer
Sam Bisbee Composer
Carylann Loeppky Cover Art
Kristy Thirsk Composer
Leona Naess Composer
Azure Ray Composer
Mike James Composer
Anna-Lynne Williams Composer
Jeremy Inkel Composer, Programming, Producer
Jared Slingerland Composer
Michael Logen Composer
Nadina Composer
Troy Samson Composer
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