I always find it interesting how these fabled, tough and usually black haired front chicks of Gothic Metal outfits embark on a solo career. And suddenly the style is totally different. Just check the stuff out Anneke van Giersbergen did after her departure from The Gathering. And it is not only the hair color that changes.
So, after her somewhat unconventional and forced departure from Nighwish – to say the least – Anette Olzon was looking for a new calling and identity in music for a considerable amount of time. Evil tongues were of course predicting a fall so deep that there would be no return possible. Not ever. The hate of the Tarja lovers sometimes took amazing proportions during and after her tenure at Nightwish. This made me wonder why Holopainen did not step in and put a stop to it. But hey, it takes guts to do that, right?
And what a nice surprise to find her new debut album Shine on the shelf all of a sudden. Not what I expected – mind you – and at first I felt somewhat derailed with my metal senses all astray. Reason being that this album is nowhere near metal, but more gets into the realm of soft or pop rock. So, in this light the album actually rocks – in a geeky Anette kind of way.