The Scarecrow

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
After causing quite a stir in the heavy metal community with Avantasia's ambitious, two-album, guest star-packed Metal Opera in the early 2000s, vocalist Tobias Sammet publicly retired the Avantasia name and retreated to the creature comforts of his primary creative outlet, German power metal favorites Edguy. But then a pair of EPs titled Lost in Space, Vols. 1 & 2 emerged in 2007 bearing the Avantasia brand, and it didn't take much longer for Sammet's change of heart to produce yet another full Avantasia album in 2008's The Scarecrow. Though not as thematically intertwined as the preceding operas, The Scarecrow's credits certainly keep with the tradition of ...
See more details below
CD
$14.75
BN.com price
(Save 7%)$15.99 List Price
Other sellers (CD)
  • All (7) from $4.84   
  • New (5) from $13.18   
  • Used (2) from $4.84   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
After causing quite a stir in the heavy metal community with Avantasia's ambitious, two-album, guest star-packed Metal Opera in the early 2000s, vocalist Tobias Sammet publicly retired the Avantasia name and retreated to the creature comforts of his primary creative outlet, German power metal favorites Edguy. But then a pair of EPs titled Lost in Space, Vols. 1 & 2 emerged in 2007 bearing the Avantasia brand, and it didn't take much longer for Sammet's change of heart to produce yet another full Avantasia album in 2008's The Scarecrow. Though not as thematically intertwined as the preceding operas, The Scarecrow's credits certainly keep with the tradition of bursting at the seams with famous guest musicians (among them Kiss' Eric Singer, Magnum's Bob Catley, Gamma Ray's Kai Hansen, Jorn Lande, Michael Kiske, Amanda Somerville, etc.), and a few more so famous one can hardly believe their participation (the Scorpions' Rudolf Schenker and none other than Alice Cooper). That being said, The Scarecrow is indubitably Sammet's baby, and his songwriting signature dominates Avantasia, even though it affords him with the opportunity to frequently step out from the restrictive power metal umbrella he's carried most of his professional career. Right off the bat, opening song "Twisted Mind" is a traditional, but radio-friendly heavy metal anthem (at least in Europe, where metal is actually heard on the airwaves), and so, seemingly, is the highly palatable ensuing title track, until it evolves into a lengthy atmospheric passage which reveals it for the grandiloquent, eleven-minute epic it actually is. Nevertheless, it's a good epic, and even though none of the subsequent tracks approach its girth, Avantasia scores additional classic metal highlights with "Another Angel Down" (where Jorn Lande really burns the house down), "The Toy Master" (which was obviously written with guest Alice Cooper in mind), and "I Don't Believe in Your Love" (featuring highly regarded free agent singer Oliver Hartmann and guitar contributions from Schenker). Less memorable are The Scarecrow's largely formulaic power metal thrashers ("Shelter from the Rain," "Devil in the Belfry") and power ballads ("Carry Me Over," "Cry Just a Little") -- all of which are unquestionably very competently executed, but…well, either you like these styles or you don't. And try getting any self-respecting metal-head to defend Sammet's schmaltzy duet with Amanda Somerville on the Celine Dion-ready "What Kind of Love" -- it can only lead to hilarity. Oh, and we should mention that the title track from the aforementioned EPs, "Lost in Space," is tacked onto the very end of The Scarecrow, but its AOR-leaning hard rock feels distinctly out of place. At the end of the day, while it's hardly perfect, there's no denying that The Scarecrow really is an immaculately recorded project -- never mind the logistical nightmares that must have been involved -- and for that Avantasia and Sammet both deserve respect.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/5/2008
  • Label: Nuclear Blast Americ
  • UPC: 727361206529
  • Catalog Number: 12065
  • Sales rank: 40,236

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Avantasia Primary Artist
Alice Cooper Vocals, Guest Appearance
Bob Catley Vocals, Guest Appearance
Kai Hansen Guitar
Michael Kiske Vocals, Guest Appearance
Eric Singer Drums
Henjo Richter Guitar
Sascha Paeth Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Keyboards
Thomas Rettke Background Vocals
Cinzia Rizzo Background Vocals
Jorn Vocals, Guest Appearance
Tobias Sammet Bass, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Jorn Lande Vocals, Guest Appearance
Matthias Kontny Background Vocals
Oliver Hartmann Vocals, Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Amanda Somerville Vocals, Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Ina Morgan Background Vocals
Roy Khan Guest Appearance
Rudolf Schenker Guitar, Guest Appearance
Michael "Miro" Rodenberg Keyboards
Technical Credits
Mark Stuart Engineer
Sascha Paeth Composer, Producer, Engineer, Mastering, Audio Production
Thomas Ewerhard Cover Art
Tobias Sammet Composer, Producer
Chuck Garric Engineer
Olaf Reitmeier Engineer
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously