Human :ll: Nature - Nightwish
Nightwish unleashed their 9th studio album near the beginning of our lovely pandemic, a consistent album, with a little bit of fluctuation in quality. I will only be reviewing disc 1 as I view disc 2 as a small EP attached to the album, and frankly I got through the first two tracks and decided to leave the rest for another time. Human :ll: Nature is an odd album in some aspects, the pacing of the album starts off a little weird and unlike other albums it isn't over an hour. In actuality the proper album component of it is the shortest since Century Child back in 2002!
Music has a long drawn out introduction, this addition could be used quite nicely as a concert introduction but then it becomes clear the song itself isn't meant to be an opener, it is slow for a while before it picks up for the last 3 minutes, I think this song suffers from its length, it has good ideas and kicking the album off with one of the two weakest tracks for me personally doesn't bode well for the album. Procession is the other weaker track of the album, it is a pleasent track but it just engage me very much. I think this album is a little too mellow overall, and some of the tracks just feel like they are bloated with excess orchestral parts.
Marko sings lead on only 1 track the closer Endlessness which I believe will be the grower of the album for me, it was a good choice of closer and him and Floor singing back and forth works quite well. Troy's lead vocal track Harvest is among my favourites for the album, it has so much potential to be worked nicely into the setlist with its half acoustic half electric format, it would be an excellent transition song between an acoustic set before launching into an electric song. Tribal has a wicked instrumental, I wish more songs were heavier like this on the album. Floor sings phenomenally throughout the album, which sometimes gets burried in the orchestration like in Pan.
The other two stellar tracks are Noise and Shoemaker both tracks are early on and show off the bands strengths, Noise is a nice punchy rocker which should have been the albums opening track. Shoemaker has a stellar performance, a bit of the celtic elements, with a beautiful opera ending to it, which the band has said they won't be doing live, which makes sense as the song really is two parts, the first 3 minutes until just before the Shakespeare quote is strong and feels like an upbeat ballad of sorts. I would love to see them do the first part live just like how they split Song Of Myself when they performed it live.