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TUOMAS HOLOPAINEN THE LIFE AND TIMES OF SCROOGE REVIEW

 

TUOMAS HOLOPAINEN - THE LIFE AND TIMES OF SCROOGE

NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS

APRIL 11 2014

 

 

Tuomas Holopainen’s first solo album is an epic soundtrack score of an album that contains a great deal of real depth and beauty. Based on ‘The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck’ the Disney cartoon, it’s an unlikely tale to base such an exquisite album on, but both the narrative and the music  combine wonderfully to create something you can just close your eyes to and be led away by the music.

 

If you are looking for an album that will take you on a complex journey, where the music creates lush and interesting scenery  then the beautiful almost Celtic vibe of ‘A Lifetime of Adventure’; the melancholic ‘Go Slowly Now, Sands of Time’; the folky and rousingly Scottish ‘Into the West’ all set different moods and tread new ground. That is a large part of the success of the undertaking here: Holopainen manages to create such a precise and compelling musical narrative that the story itself comes to life.

 

As many will be coming to this from Nightwish, don’t expect any of the power or bombast. If you listen to this as a soundtrack album it really comes to life, but unlike most soundtracks which follow an image or are compiled after the fact Holopainen has the luxury of creating a soundtrack for a non-existent movie and as a result it’s a much freer composition. Maybe even a masterpiece!

 

 

by Mark Diggins

 

TUOMAS HOLOPAINEN THE LIFE AND TIMES OF SCROOGE REVIEW