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Tarja Turunen & Mike Terrana
Beauty & The Beat
July 2014
Released: n/a, earMusic
Rating: 1.5/5
Reviewer: Erich

Sometimes labels push for reviews based on artists past affiliations with a genre, so I am somewhat reluctantly obliging here, though not for the label's sake. No, the only reason I am reviewing this is for the folks that have not yet heard BEAUTY & THE BEAT. They deserve to know that this is not even remotely a metal album. BEAUTY & THE BEAT is classical music and opera with drums added. I could end this review with that pithy statement but I shall expand. The album was recorded live, and Mike Terrana shows why he is a highly sought drummer, his discography list a veritable grouping of who’s who in metal and rock. Terrana tastefully includes drums to songs that were originally composed with no percussion in mind, some over centuries ago. Tarja is in her element, showing off her operatic training, perhaps more so than any Nightwish fan or Tarja’s solo work fans could even imagine.

Highlights would include Mozart’s “Eine kleine Nachtmusik and “The William Tell Overture”, which American fans will recognize as the theme for “The Lone Ranger” television show. “The Led Zeppelin Medley” is a horrible and unnecessary mangling of “Kashmir” and “Stairway To Heaven” to name a few. “O Mio Babbion Caro” is pure Italian opera, Tarja using the song to showcase her still impressive range. Which really brings up the whole point of Tarja moving further and further away from metal and back into her classical and operatic roots. Even COLURS IN THE DARK while having some rock, was heading down this path.

I like and appreciate all styles of music. I never cared for opera though, and this album features not one guitar or power chord. Most puzzling of all is trying to determine what audience this is supposed to embrace? Classical music fans that have probably never heard of, or would deign to even pick up a heavy metal album like Nightwish? Or is it meant for long time fanboys/girls and Nightwish hanger-ons that would drink Tarja’s bath water even if it tasted like shit, rather than admit an objective misstep? Bah, who cares. This is shite and yet undoubtedly will chart in Europe and sell like pancakes. Whatever.
Track Listing

Disc 1:

1. Concert for Violin and Oboe (Bach)

2. Blute Nur (Bach)

3. Zueignung, Op. 10, No. 1 (Strauss)

4. Barber of Seville (Rossini)

5. New World Symphony (Dvorak)

6. Song to the Moon (Dvorak)

7. Vilja Lied (Lehar)

8. O Mio Babbino Caro (Puccini)

9. Can-can (Offenbach)

10. I Feel Pretty (Bernstein)

11. William Tell Overture (Rossini)

12. Mein Herr Marquis (Strauss)

13. Ein Kleine Nachtmusik (Mozart)

Disc 2:

1. You Take My Breath Away

2. The Reign

3. Witch-hunt

4. Led Zeppelin Medley

5. Swanheart

6. Fly Me to the Moon

7. Into the Sun

8. I Walk Alone


Tarja Turunen - Vocals
Mike Terrana - Drums

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