Sunday, 15 January 2012

Nightwish - Imaginaerum

No review... Not right now, can't form enough words.

I listened to this in a car journey with my girlfriend, arguing about the bass levels throughout. Was kind of happy, kind of ambivilent, the road noise made some of the trickier vocals hard to make out...

This album cant be done like that. It needs your time, your respect, your patience. It's not a typical album, a body of music you can pick up and play. It's a high concept peice. It's an 'experience'. I've relistened to it alone, trying to appreciate it more carefully and the results was a thousand times better.


Wednesday, 4 January 2012

The Natural History of Fear

During my run of Big Finish’s Bernice Summerfield in 2010 I said once before that I struggled to review their main range of Doctor Who stories. This is because more than any other series the format of Doctor Who is so variable, so flexible, that pinning a consistent style in it is impossible. Doctor Who is unique in that though there are some stories I prefer over others, I struggle to call many of them truly ‘bad’, just ‘different’. Every other series I can try to judge what they’ve achieved compared to what I thought they were meant to, but the intention of Doctor Who varies so wildly from one moment to the next that this becomes almost impossible. The Natural History of fear represents this, and so much more. More than anything else it is ‘different’. In truth the reason you are seeing this review is because it is not, in any sense of the word, a traditional Doctor Who Story.