Review of Tarja’s “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” Single

Review by Jessica Clingempeel
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Do you want your Christmas to have a dark flare? Tarja Turunen’s first single from her upcoming Christmas album will give you just that. ‘O Come, O Come, Emmanuel’ is a classic, and in typical Tarja fashion, gets its own twist. I honestly believe Tarja chose the right song as the first single to represent the album in its entirety. And if this first song is this good, how is the rest of the album going to compare and how can the other songs compete with this one?

“O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” is hauntingly beautiful and it has had me listening to it repeatedly. Not many songs can move a person like that, especially holiday songs. You do not have to be a religious person to love this version because Tarja’s voice lures you in. There are no jingles that you find in many traditional Christmas songs, there is no upbeat tempos, and no unicorns and rainbows, but somehow you still feel yourself smiling.

Not long after the premiere of the single we got the video representing the song. Tarja is dressed as a character that seems to represent light, and at the end another character appears and is darker. It leaves you with a cliffhanger and thinking what is to come next. I have been on the edge of my seat since the album was announced and I simply cannot wait any longer. Tarja, you are killing us all, but we will all die happy.

Overall Rating: 5/5

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