Sound — 8
Over The Hills And Far Away the follow to Nightwishes popular "Wish Master" is a good, but short CD. It opens with the title track "Over The Hills And Far Away" a Gary Moore cover. The song has an Irish/Scotish feel to it, and Tarja's voice has an impressive range, hitting notes most singer couldn't dream of hitting. The next three songs (10th Man Down, Away, Astral Romance [Remake 2001]) are what you'd expect from any other old Nightwish CD, blazing guitar, amazing key boarding, and breath taking vocals that puts todays rock diva like amy lee to shame.
Lyrics — 10
Key boardest/songwriter Tuomas Holopainen who write most if not all the lyrics of Nightwish does an amzing job. With Tarja's voice and Tuomas's word you can't help but listen to what ever song it is and feel like there is hope. In Astral Romance their old bassist Tony Kappo joins Tarja giving the song a haunting affect.
Overall Impression — 9
All though not Nightwish's best album it is one of the better albums I own. Their cover of Over The Hills And Far Away, alone in worth the fourteen dollars. Tarja's voice is one of most amazing voices in metal today. The only problem with this CD is after you get through the four studio songs, they fill the rest of it up with live song. The live songs are good but I'd like to here more original work. If it got lost or stolen I would want another copy but I probley wouldn't get one. It took me forever to find this cd. I eventully found it under a huge stack of cds in a F.Y.E.