What Lies Beneath

What Lies Beneath

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by Tarja
     
 

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The term "rock opera" has been in use since the late 1960s, but it never really represented a mixture of rock music and opera music; whether it was applied to the Who's Tommy or Green Day's American Idiot, it tended to apply to a rock album with aSee more details below

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The term "rock opera" has been in use since the late 1960s, but it never really represented a mixture of rock music and opera music; whether it was applied to the Who's Tommy or Green Day's American Idiot, it tended to apply to a rock album with a story line more defined than that of a "concept album." Especially since such albums came to be adapted for the theatrical stage, "rock musical" might have been a better description. Finnish singer/songwriter Tarja Turunen, on the other hand, does attempt something of a melding of rock and opera on her albums, including What Lies Beneath. The trained soprano and former lead vocalist of Nightwish demonstrates her intentions on the album's first song, "Anteroom of Death," which alternates classical passages, including a harpsichord, with heavy metal rock and even a touch of the massed vocal arrangements of Queen on a song like "Bohemian Rhapsody." Queen is a good antecedent for Tarja's approach, actually, although her classical side is more classical than classic rock, and her rock side is closer to metal. She certainly adopts Queen's over-the-top style, filling her English-language lyrics with dramatic overstatement, as suggested by such titles as "Until My Last Breath," "Rivers of Lust," and "In for a Kill." There are quiet, piano-based ballads, but she makes more of an impression on the classical/metal hybrids. Maybe that's still not quite "rock opera," but it's nearer than the music that has been called that in the past.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/14/2010
Label:
The End Records
UPC:
0654436016625
catalogNumber:
166

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tarja   Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Joe Satriani   Guitar
Will Calhoun   Percussion,Drums
Mike Terrana   Drums
Martin Tillman   Piano,Cello,Keyboards
Doug Wimbish   Bass
Max Lilja   Cello
Johnny Andrews   Keyboards
Christian Kretschmar   Harpsichord,Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Philip Labonte   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Van Canto   Vocals
Marzi Nyman   Guitar
Slovak National Symphony Orchestra   Strings,Performing Ensemble
Alex Scholpp   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Kid Crazy   Piano,Keyboards
Tim Davies   Conductor
Bart Hendrickson   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Keyboards
Julian Barrett   Guitar
Rèmi Moingeon   Viola
Pauline Fleming   Violin
Slovak National Symphony Orchestra & Choir   Choir, Chorus,Performing Ensemble
Slovak National Choir   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Martin Tillman   Composer,Producer,Orchestral Arrangements
Mel Wesson   Electronic Arrangement
Anders Wollbeck   Composer
Max Lilja   String Arrangements
Peter Fuchs   Engineer
Johnny Andrews   Composer
Michelle Leonard   Composer
Christian Kretschmar   Programming
Tarja Turunen   Composer
Mario Altamirano   Vocal Engineer
Angela Heldmann   Composer
Tarja   Producer
Alex Scholpp   Composer,Producer,Guitar Arrangements
Kid Crazy   Composer,Programming
Marcelo Cabuli   Executive Producer
Tim Davies   Orchestration
Jim Dooley   Orchestral Arrangements,Choir Arrangement
Bart Hendrickson   Composer,Programming,Producer,Orchestral Arrangements,Choir Arrangement
Mattias Lindblom   Composer
Kiko Masbaum   Composer
Jetro Vainio   Programming,Engineer
Martin Toledo   Guitar Engineer
Kristoffer Karlsson   Composer
Johan Westmar   Composer
Jessika Lundstrom   Composer
Stefan Sebastian Schmidt   Arranger

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