Tarja – Ave Maria – En Plein Air

I enjoy listening to classical music and I was elated to hear Tarja!

Since classical music was her initial endeavor, it is only fitting that she’d sing what she loves! The album features pieces from different composers. Listen to the first track below:

Her voice is just stunning. The album is a great experience 🙂

Within Temptation – Hydra

I am glad I was able to listen to the stream on iTunes Radio. I love it!

My favourites would be Let Us Burn, Edge of the World, Silver Moonlight, Dog Days, and Tell Me Why. For the song And We Run, it was an unexpected combination. I would have never thought of trying to mix European rock with American rap but it’s not bad. Of the singles, I loved Sharon and Tarja singing together in Paradise.

I bought the boxed set, which has an instrumental CD of tracks 1 through 10. The Whole World Is Watching would be a touching song to sing (karaoke night comes to mind). I did not care too much for cover songs, as I already had the album (Q Music). Overall, fantastic album with great vocals.

The standard version and several others are still available on Amazon for pre-order in USA. What are you waiting for?

Hydra

And check out the making-of videos!
Part 1

Part 2

Tarja 500 Letters

I enjoyed the video as it is different. She is not vocally performing this time but as a main character in the story.

So far on iTunes or Amazon in my country, I have been unable to find the digital single version of 500 Letters. Meanwhile, I will keep listening to the album Colours In The Dark. Hopefully I can purchase the single soon.

Lyrics:
500 letters from a stranger at my door
500 letters, words like scars no one can see

It felt so innocent, a childish game
Lines of poetry without a name
Waves of paranoia washed upon the page
And soon obsession turned to rage

Why do you love me?
Why do you want to hurt me?

500 letters from a stranger at my door
500 weapons, I can’t take it anymore
500 letters, words like scars no one can see
500 secrets, slowly killing me

At the mercy of a violent hand
Drawing images in my head
I can’t escape the way I feel inside
In every shadow just a breath behind

Why do you love me?
Why do you want to hurt me?

500 letters from a stranger at my door
500 weapons, I can’t take it anymore
500 letters, words like scars no one can see
500 secrets, slowly killing me

They found the final letter lying by his side
A smile was on his face, cold as ice
One last message written only for me
Now you won’t forget
I’ll see you in your dreams

500 letters from a stranger at my door
500 weapons, I can’t take it anymore
500 letters, words like scars no one can see
500 secrets, slowly killing me

Within Temptation – Paradise (What About Us?) featuring Tarja Music Video and Lyrics

I enjoyed the musical arrangement (strings and guitar) and vocals. Conceptually, I liked the music video too (I will not spoil on how great it looks). The duet between the 2 ladies were wonderful. I cannot wait for the rest of the album!

The EP Paradise (What About Us?) Feat. Tarja is available on September 27 and October 1 (North America).

Paradise (What About Us?) Feat. Tarja

The track list has a single and 3 demo tracks as a little preview to their upcoming studio album:
1. Paradise (What About Us?) [feat. Tarja]
2. Let Us Burn (Demo Version)
3. Silver Moonlight (Demo Version)
4. Dog Days (Demo Version)

Lyrics:
There’s no sense, the fire burns
When wisdom fails it changes all
The wheel embodies all that keeps on turning

Blood red skies, I feel so cold
No innocence, we play our role
The wheel embodies all where are we going

All in all you’d expect the wise to be wiser
Fallen from grace
All and all I guess
We should have known better, ’cause…

What about us?
Isn’t it enough?
No we’re not in paradise

This is who we are
This is what we got
No it’s not our paradise

But it’s all we want,
And it’s all that we’re fighting for
Though it’s not paradise

You and us, or I and them
There comes a time to take a stand
The wheel is watching all, it keeps on burning

The venom works, it’s like a curse
A Trojan horse, when will we learn
The wheel embodies all, that keeps returning

All in all you’d expect the wise to be wiser
Fallen from grace
All and all I guess
We should have known better, ’cause…

What about us?
Isn’t it enough?
No we’re not in paradise

This is who we are
This is what we got
No it’s not our paradise

But it’s all we want
And it’s all that we’re fighting for
Though it’s not paradise

The behind the scenes videos:

Tarja – Colours in the Dark

I am waiting for the official USA release of her latest album Colours in the Dark which can be pre-ordered and will be available on September 24, 2013.

Colours in the Dark

Standard tracks:
1. Victim Of Ritual
2. 500 Letters
3. Lucid Dreamer
4. Never Enough
5. Mystique Voyage
6. Darkness
7. Deliverance
8. Neverlight
9. Until Silence
10. Medusa (feat. Justin Furstenfeld)

Meanwhile, I have been listening to her older works, One of my favourite music videos and songs from her is Until My Last Breath.