My Winter Storm

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All Music Guide - Dave Donnelly
The reasons for Tarja Turunen's forced departure from Finnish power metal giants Nightwish remain unclear. The singer was unceremoniously dumped via an open letter, posted online, citing changes in her personality and business interests. Since then both parties have been surprisingly evasive about the subject, and many were hoping that Turunen would shed some light on the subject through her music. My Winter Storm, Tarja's first album of original material since the split, sees the singer lyrically defiant, but unwilling to deviate too much from the operatic metal style of her former posse. Now recording simply as Tarja, My Winter Storm topped the Finnish charts ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dave Donnelly
The reasons for Tarja Turunen's forced departure from Finnish power metal giants Nightwish remain unclear. The singer was unceremoniously dumped via an open letter, posted online, citing changes in her personality and business interests. Since then both parties have been surprisingly evasive about the subject, and many were hoping that Turunen would shed some light on the subject through her music. My Winter Storm, Tarja's first album of original material since the split, sees the singer lyrically defiant, but unwilling to deviate too much from the operatic metal style of her former posse. Now recording simply as Tarja, My Winter Storm topped the Finnish charts immediately upon its release, driven by the Mozart-inspired lead single "I Walk Alone." Overall, the album is softer and more reflective than her previous work, which tends to be the case when lead singers leave niche bands to pursue solo stardom, but the record is hampered by the compromise between her old and new styles. Clearly, Tarja wishes to branch out musically. She achieves this splendidly with "Oasis," a haunting symphonic opera track in her native tongue, the only composition credited solely to the singer. However, barring a couple of notable exceptions, including the single "Die Alive" and the thrashy "Ciarán's Well," the heavy metal aspect of My Winter Storm seems more of an afterthought than an integral element. They're straightforward pop rock songs with ill-fitting thrash riffs as a token gesture to fans, and as a result Tarja the singer never really gives herself a chance to shine.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/27/2007
  • Label: Universal Int'l
  • UPC: 602517466876
  • Catalog Number: 1746687
  • Sales rank: 87,804

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ite, Missa Est (0:27)
  2. 2 I Walk Alone (3:53)
  3. 3 Lost Northern Star (4:22)
  4. 4 Seeking for the Reign (0:58)
  5. 5 The Reign (4:07)
  6. 6 The Escape of the Doll (0:32)
  7. 7 My Little Phoenix (4:01)
  8. 8 Boy and the Ghost (4:36)
  9. 9 Sing for Me (4:16)
  10. 10 Oasis (5:10)
  11. 11 Poison (4:01)
  12. 12 Our Great Divide (5:05)
  13. 13 Sunset (0:36)
  14. 14 Damned and Divine (4:19)
  15. 15 Die Alive (4:05)
  16. 16 Minor Heaven (3:53)
  17. 17 Ciarán's Well (3:39)
  18. 18 Calling Grace (2:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tarja Turunen Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Earl Harvin Drums
Daniel Presley Background Vocals
Martin Tillman Cello, Soloist, Electric Cello
Doug Wimbish Bass
Torsten Stenzel Keyboards
Toni Turunen Background Vocals
Tea Tähtinen Background Vocals
Alex Scholpp Electric Guitar
Jiri Kubík Conductor
Kid Crazy Keyboards
Izumi Kawakatsu Piano, Soloist
Kiko Loueiro Acoustic Guitar, Soloist
Tarja Indexed Contributor
Technical Credits
Doug Cook Engineer
Daniel Presley Producer, Engineer, Executive Producer
Louie Teran Mastering
Mel Wesson Arranger
Doug Wimbish Composer
Anders Wollbeck Composer
Dirk Rudolph Artwork
Felix J. Gauder Engineer
Hilde Houweling Composer
Harry "Slick" Sommerdahl Composer
Torsten Stenzel Programming
Michelle Leonard Composer
Noel Zancanella Engineer
Helge Van Dyk Engineer
Tarja Turunen Composer
Dana Niu Orchestration
Thiago Bianchi Engineer
James Dooley Producer, Orchestral Arrangements, Choir Arrangement
Milan Jilek Engineer
Angela Heldmann Composer
Dani Castelar Engineer
Hanne Sørvaag Composer
Peter Meier Contributor
Bernd Steingass Set Construction
Husky Kalle Contributor
Maria Regina Heinitz Producer
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