(8/10) New albums from Finnish soprano Tarja are for quite some metal fans big moments in time. One of these will be June 3rd, when the singer releases her new album "The Brightest Void". It's her forth studio album and since Tarja had a lot of material recorded, disc number five will follow a few weeks later.
Honestly, I have to say that I always had a kind of problem connecting Tarja's three octaves vocal range with heavy metal and therefore I was curiously looking forward to the newest release. Did something change?
In the end I must say that Tarja fans will love this album. And I also have to say that most of the tunes on "The Brightest Void" actually sound pretty cool. There is one particular song where I still have mixed feeling - "Your Heaven and Your Hell". The tune is a duet with Finnish hardrocker Michael Monroe. Nothing against this kick-ass rock song which is really good. It's a powerful energizer with an enormous punch. Michael Monroe fits perfect to this dirty rock'n'roller, but Tarja's voice isn't made for this kind of music. At least that is what I think.
But this is the only moment on "The Brightest Void" of which I have a problem with. The rest is well done material, presented by Tarja at her best. Regardless if you're listening to the darker "Witch Hunt", the mystic "House of Wax" or Tarja's version of "Paradise (What About Us)", all of them are well done tracks.
One of the highlights is for sure the Shirley Bassey cover "Goldfinger" from the same-named James Bond movie. Tarja enriches the song with her voice. Still being close to the original the Finnish singer adds some own personality to this classic, which makes it a true winner on "The Brightest Void".
I like Tarja's new album and I even appreciate "Your Heaven and Your Hell" since it shows that the inconic singer didn't get stuck in a certain scheme. She is experimenting and trying out new things. Far better than standing still and just stick to the known.
- No Bitter End
- Your Heaven and Your Hell (with Michael Monroe)
- Eagle Eye (with Chad Smith on drums)
- An Empty Dream
- Witch Hunt
- House of Wax
- Paradise (What About Us)
Release Date EU: June 3rd, 2016