Label: earMUSIC

Review by Tony Cannella

“Left in the Dark” is not the new Tarja Turunen album. Instead, this should be looked at as a companion to her previous album “Colours in the Dark”. That said LITD is an album that includes demo, live versions and alternate version of 9 of the 10 songs that appeared on CITD.

The track-listing has pretty much been left intact. The lone exception is that “Darkness” has been replaced with “Into the Sun”. A demo version of “Victim of Ritual” opens things and is followed with the excellent “500 Letters”. This song remains haunting, frightening and beautiful. This particular version is recorded live acoustically at Vorterix radio. “Until Silence” is also from the same radio session. Beyond that, we get demo versions of several songs an instrumental version of “Deliverance” as well as variations on other songs from CITD.

So, while “Left in the Dark” doesn’t feature the new Tarja material that we were all waiting for, it is still a pretty worthwhile release for the die-hard fan.

Rating – 80/100



  1. Victim of Ritual (demo)
  2. 500 Letters (live)
  3. Lucid Dreamer (demo)
  4. Never Enough (demo)
  5. Mystique Voyage (demo)
  6. Into the Sun
  7. Deliverance (instrumental)
  8. Neverlight (full orchestra version)
  9. Until Silence (live)
  10. Medusa (Tarja’s solo version)


Line Up

  • Tarja Turunen – Vocals, Piano
  • Alex Scholpp – Guitars, Guitars (acoustic)
  • Christian Kretschmar – Keyboards, Piano, Hammond organ
  • Doug Wimbish – Bass
  • Max Lilja – Cello
  • Mike Terrana – Drums



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