HIM's 5th studio album (Yes, And Love Said No counts because they DID go into the studio to do the new songs and the remake of It's All Tears (Drown In This Love)[U.K. Version]) is well up to par with the band's previous albums.
According to many reviews I've read the album is their "sell-out" album, what people don't seem to understand is that bands constantly change their style throughout their careers.
Also, you must put into perspective the fact that this is their FIRST release in the U.S. under the name HIM through a major American distribution.
With that out of the way, I will begin the reviewing.
I personally have had the album for longer than it has been out and listening to it atleast once EVERYDAY since September 20th and I have to say even though it is not my FAVORITE release, it is the 2nd as just a release, but my first in the talents and production they've achieved.
For one Ville has gone back and layered his vocals quite extensively, which I think adds a whole new level to the music itself as a whole.
Gas's drumming has improved and has atleast a little more content in this release than in earlier ones.
Mige's bass playing hasn't changed a whole lot, but his backing vocals seem to have improved.
Linde, of course is always good, this man is amazing on guitar and almost eerie with his low toned vocal talents.
And another thing you will notice is that Burton, has a MUCH bigger role in this album than in earlier releases, so much bigger, you will notice quite a bit if you listen to any of their other releases he is on and then listen to Dark Light, the pianos and keyboards are much more prodominate, almost even over Linde's guitars.
I'll go through the album now and give each song a rating with a particular thing you should listen for.
Vampire Heart - 9/10
- Ville's vocal layering and Burton's keyboards.
...Wings Of A Butterfly - 10/10
- Linde's guitars and Ville's vocals
Under The Rose - 9/10
- Linde's guitars, Ville's vocals (Not so much layered but still very good seeing as how upbeat the song is), Burton's keyboards.
Killing Loneliness - 10/10
- Ville's vocals (So much layering to it and depth), Burton's keyboards.
Dark Light - 10/10
- Burton's keyboards, Ville's vocals.
Behind The Crimson Door - 8/10
- Not my favorite song on the album, I don't really see anything special to this song other than Ville's vocals.
The Face Of God - 10/10
- Ville's vocals, Linde's guitars, Burton's keyboards.
Drunk On Shadows - 10/10
- Linde's guitars
Play Dead - 10/10
- Linde's guitars, Ville's vocals (VERY beautiful and mellow, partially sorrowful yet slightly content), Burton's keyboards.
In The Nightside Of Eden - 9/10
- Ville's vocals, Linde's guitars.
Venus (In Our Blood)[!!Not On This Special Edition!!] 10/10
- My favorite track on the whole album, the context and the words just move me, and the music is incredible all around!
The Cage - 10/10
- I just really love this song, not much to it but it's really really good in my opinion.
To tell you the truth Deep Shadows & Brilliant Highlights was my favorite HIM album, but this one has more depth to it I think than any of the other albums.
I bought a copy of each version, the Internet Only Tin Box Edition, the Special Edition Hardbound Book Hot Topic Version, and the Black Shrinkwrap Store Edition...Totally worth it to have all the neat goodies.
So go out and buy it, support the greatest rock band to ever come out of Finland!
Oklahoma HIM Street-Team