Album review: TARJA – From Spirits And Ghosts (Score For A Dark Christmas)

TARJA - From Spirits And Ghosts (Score For A Dark Christmas)

earMUSIC [Release date 17.11.17]

Former Nightwish vocalist Tarja Turunen has been successfully building a solo career where she makes the music she wants to and that suits her vocal style/musical visions.

It comes as no surprise then she has decided to record a Christmas album, but not for her the tinsel ‘n’ tat of many Christmas albums, instead she wanted to make an album that explored the other side of Christmas.  The Christmas of the lonely people and the missing ones. The Christmas for those that do not find joy in the blinking lights and the jingle bells.’ To be fair the album title gives a clue to Tarja’s take on Christmas songs/carols as each one is given a suitably grandiose strings/musical arrangement topped off by Tarja’s enchanting vocals.

‘Amazing Grace’ is gloriously OTT in sound and could easily slip into daytime radio being easy on the ear. The darker elements come through on ‘Deck The Halls’ and ‘We Three Kings’ (out doing Dead Can Dance for atmosphere on this one), both you could imagine appearing in a Tim Burton film soundtrack. Deliciously gothic and just a little bit creepy at the same time… ‘We Wish You A Merry Christmas’ mixes the happy message of the original song along with weird bells and vocal effects. If children are annoying you during the festive season, turn this one up as it will scare the little ones away.

Like the Kate Rusby seasonal album reviewed elsewhere, Tarja’s seasonal release is one to be enjoyed at any time of the year, although on a cold winter’s night it does admittedly work best. ****

Review by Jason Ritchie


David Randall presents a weekly show on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, Sundays at 22:00 BST (GMT+1, repeated on Mondays and Fridays), when he invites listeners to ‘Assume The Position’. This show was first broadcast on 23 August 2020.

UK Blues Broadcaster of the Year (2020) Pete Feenstra presents his weekly Rock & Blues Show on Tuesday at 19:00 ( BST, GMT+1) as part of a five hour blues rock marathon “Tuesday is Bluesday at GRTR!”. The show is repeated on Wednesdays at 22:00, Fridays at 20:00). This show was first broadcast 25 August 2020.


Listen in to Get Ready to ROCK! Radio…
Click the appropriate icons at the top of the page.

Featured Albums w/c 14 September (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 PERFECT PLAN Time For A Miracle (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 OVERLAND Scandalous (Escape Music)
14:00-16:00 ANNIE DRESSNER Coffee At The Corner Bar (indie)

Power Plays w/c 14 September (Mon-Fri)

GALLOWS CIRCUS Medicine Man (indie)
ROY ZIV Currents (indie)
NOVATINES Honey (indie)
KILFEATHER Never Stop (indie)
VANILLA FUDGE Immigrant Song (Golden Robot Records)
BROKEN MACHINE Sweet Mary Jane (indie)



Email This Page
This entry was posted in ALBUM REVIEWS, ALBUM REVIEWS (Mobile), All Posts and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply