I was wandering around YouTube earlier and stumbled on the latest Nightwish video, “Amaranth”. I’d forgotten it was out there so I had a look. I really like what Annette Olzon has brought to the band. Her vocals are much more accessible and her style far more grounded than Tarja Turunen’s. That’s not to say you can easily compare the two, because their styles are utterly different. I’ll have to wait until Dark Passion Play comes out before I can make my mind up who I like more, but she’s off to a good start. In the meantime, check out Ms Olzon doing her thing in “Amaranth”:


For the sake of comparsion, here’s “Nemo”, featuring Tarja:


And while I’m at it, here’s “Amaranth” on the piano:


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