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NIGHTWISH-ELAN-REVIEW-2015

 

NIGHTWISH

ELAN (EP)

NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS

FEBRUARY 13 2015

 

 

As a taster for Nightwish’s forthcoming album ‘Endless forms Most Beautiful’ - ‘Élan’ gets the single treatment with a radio edit, alternative version and (in the olden days) B-side – Sagan (a non-album track).


Élan these days in French of course means something akin to ‘style’ or ‘flair’ or even ‘energy’ and the low key keys and pipe opening gives way to a folkish foray ably led by Floor Jansen’s voice – this is light folk-centred rock similar to Nightwish’s earlier work but with the precision and depth afforded by the years, it is at its core both Celtic and wistful but with real warmth and lyrical charm.


The alternate version is more sweepingly orchestral and centred on Jansen’s voice which feels almost lifted above the melody, it’s a nice take, but perhaps not as complete as the original.


B-Side ‘Sagan’ has a similar vibe, but ups the tempo to lay down a dream-like, still definitely folkish but more forceful air-shot composition, now whether Sagan refers to the well-known cosmologist or the unit of extreme measurement attributed to him I’m sure we’ll find out, but irrespective it is a beautiful song.   


All in all this brief taste of things to come leaves you wondering what March 27 will bring.

 

 

by Mark Rockpit

 

NIGHTWISH-ELAN-REVIEW-2015