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The Twelve Days of Reviewmas: Day 4: The Christmas Attic by Trans-Siberian Orchestrachristangrant Welcome to Day 4 of The Twelve Days of Reviewmas in today's post i will be reviewing the 2nd full length release by Trans-Siberian Orchestra as you know from Day 2 Christmas Eve and Other Stories is my favorite X-mas album and that album was 100% perfection this most likely won't be as good as that one but i assure you this album is a good album but on to the information of this album.
The Christmas Attic is the 2nd album by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. It is a rock opera, and the 2nd installment of their Christmas
Trilogy. The album was released on September 15, 1998.
The story of the album is about a young child exploring the attic in an old house on Christmas Eve.
The opening poetry sets up the story:
In this room where shadows live
And ghost that fail learn time forgives
Welcome friends please stay a while
Our story starts with one small child
Who spend her nights in attics dark
Where dreams are stored like sleeping hearts
This album contains a mix of vocal and instrumental songs but as usual with TSO the story is the core of the album.
and now that that we got the information of this album done let's get on to the tracks.
Track 1: The Ghosts of Christmas Eve:
A beautiful relaxing song to start off the album Fun Fact Trans-Siberian Orchestra used the title of this song for the title of their Tv movie and no this song is not in that movie anyway this is a good song.
Track 2: Bough's of Holly
This when the album starts to bring in the rock instruments this album however is more of a rock album than a metal album as i said before this album is a rock opera and this is a great rock version of Deck the Halls. This is one of the best songs from this album.
Track 3: The World That She Sees
I have to mention this album is much harder to talk about since a lot of what i said about The last album applies here to however this album isn't as good as that one was but anyway this is a great powerful rock ballad with very powerful vocals.
Track 4: The World That He Sees
Remember that Bonus Track from the last post where i mentioned it was added to this album? Well this is that track on the remastered version of this album they added in this track after the 3rd track which has almost the exact same title except instead of She it's He but anyway this song is very similar to the last track i think of it as pt. 2 of the last song basically everything i said about the last song applies here too although i prefer this song over the other one.
Track 5: Midnight Christmas Eve
Here's a beautiful Instrumental track it is very good but i don't have much too say except for the solo is great.
Track 6: The March of the Kings/Hark the Herald Angel
So here is another great instrumental track where once again it's a very good Metal version of these two songs this song is excellent one of my favorites from the album.
Track 7: The Three Kings and I (What Really Happened)
This song is about what really happened with the 3 kings the vocals in this song are very 1950's style however this song isn't weaker than the other songs it's because this song is too repetitive for me it's not bad though.
Track 8: Christmas Canon
Here is the most famous song from this album and it's also the best song because this song is set to the tune of Johann Pachelbel's Canon in D Major with new lyrics added on being performed in the style of a children's choir with light accompaniment from piano and strings. This song was so good that they decided to make a rock/metal version of the song called Christmas Canon Rock on the 3rd album in the trilogy The Lost Christmas Eve. While i prefer the Rock version from the 3rd album over this one this one is still very great one of the best songs they ever made and it's a very beautiful song.
Track 9: Joy of Man's Desire/Angels We Have Heard On High
Ah anther beautiful song from his album and once again a great rock/metal version of a classic Christmas Carol with amazing and beautiful vocals.
Track 10: Find Our Way Home
Here is another very powerful song it's very good but i don't have much to say so moving on.
Track 11: Appalachian Snowfall
Oh boy now this is a great instrumental this is one of the best songs from the album this song is like if a metal band was playing and it starts snowing that's what this song is like. It has the most elements of metal out of all the songs from this album.
Track 12: The Music Box
Eh i'm not a big fan of the singer they used in this song and this song is weaker than the other songs from this album. It's not bad it's just boring.
Track 13: The Snow Came Down
This is once again a very good song better than last song by a lot the singing is much better and so is the instrumental.
Track 14: Christmas in the Air
This song is once again another great song although it's similar to the last one but this song has much better lyrics. This one has very powerful vocals and this is one of my favorites from this album.
Track 15: Dream Child (A Christmas Dream)
Now this song has very good lyrics behind it and they chose the right singer for this song this one is very good and powerful and it's also the longest song on the album and its good for all 7 minutes. And it doesn't even need to be that heavy it's a acoustic riff through out the whole song.
Track 16: An Angel's Share
A very good song it's a good mix of a Christmas choir singing with Rock/Metal instrumental not much else to say so moving on to the final song.
Track 17: Music Box Blues
At last the final song for this very long album which is 80 minutes long it's about 20 minutes longer than the last album but anyway on to this song this song is much better than the song called Music Box because the singer works better and makes for a great finale for this album.
This album is very good it's not better than last album from TSO but its a good 2nd installment anyway i'm going to add up the tracks now
so 10(x15) + 8 + 7 = 165 - 75 = 95
Album Rating 95/100
I'm going to do something new i'm going to add a ranking of each of the albums from best to worst that i have reviewed so far on this post series also not i won't be include the EPs in that upcoming episode
so the ranking so far is:
1 Christmas Eve and Other Stories - TSO
2. Wintersun - Wintersun
3. A Twisted Christmas - Twisted Sister
4. The Christmas Attic - TSO
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