HIM frontman Ville Valo striking the lascivious Jim Morrison pose is on the cover of "Deep shadows and brilliant highlights". Compositionally, the guitars still buck up, however they concede the spotlight to Valo's romantic quarrels.
Tracklist - Deep shadows and brilliant highlights
- 1.Salt In Our Wounds
- 2.Heartache Every Moment
- 3.Lose You Tonight
- 4.In Joy And Sorrow
- 6.Close To The Flame
- 7.Please Dont Let it Go
- 9.Dont Close Your Heart
- 10.Love You Like I Do
EMP Editorial Team (18.11.2005)
Ville Hermanni Valo has no easy job. With his avalanche hit "Join me" he became a superstar overnight. Everybody asked for him - interviews, autographs, photos, concerts, a memory, a sight, a touch of hand. All that even though the charismatic frontman and His Infernal Majesty should predominantly take care of their music. Consequently, "Deep shadows and brilliant highlights", the successor of "Razorblade romance" was written between the leaving and the loving, meaning in hotel rooms on tour, in backstage areas and dressing rooms. And hand on the heart: it can be heard in the material that it was not written with full concentration. So, the album got its title for a good reason. There are several shadows and even fewer highlights. "Pretending", the first single is not one of them, although one has to say that it fits perfectly into the nowadays radio program. Maybe that's the new strength of HIM since average songs are still enough to get airplay.
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2001 wasnt a good year for HIM and it can be seen on this album...the title says it well anyway....Deep Shados and Brilliant Highlights.The album had some good songs (Heartache Every Moment,In Joy and Sorrow,Close to The Flame,Love you Like i do) but most of the songs lack...the lyrics arent so beautiful as on Razorblade Romance or Greatest Lovesongs but they still have the same ingredients:love and death..so finally HIM was at his weak point with Deep Shados....that doesnt mean isnt a good album...it´s cool...but compared with the first two it´s really bad.HIM is a band that had pretty much succes in not much time...so that isnt an easy job to them....
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