Deep Shadows and Brilliant Highlights

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Deep Shadows and Brilliant Highlights
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Studio album by HIM
Released August 27, 2001 (2001-08-27)
Length 40:52
Label
  • Terrier
  • RCA
  • Hand Power
Producer
HIM chronology
Razorblade Romance
(1999)
Deep Shadows and Brilliant Highlights
(2001)
Love Metal
(2003)
Limited edition
European Promo
Singles from Deep Shadows and Brilliant Highlights
  1. "Pretending"
    Released: July 2, 2001
  2. "In Joy and Sorrow"
    Released: October 12, 2001
  3. "Heartache Every Moment" / "Close to the Flame"
    Released: January 14, 2002
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
helsinki-hs.net 2/5 stars[2]
Sputnikmusic 4/5 stars[3]

Deep Shadows and Brilliant Highlights is the third studio album by Finnish band HIM, released on 27 August 2001. This is the first album that keyboardist Janne Puurtinen took part in, thus making it the first album with HIM's longest-lasting lineup, which lasted until 2015. Deep Shadows remains the last studio album to feature Ville Valo on the cover art. A two disc remastered edition was released on December 15, 2014 via The End Records.

Overview[edit]

Janne Puurtinen joined the band on keyboards for the recording of the album; the resulting lineup existed for longer than any other that HIM ever used, and remained intact until 2015, when drummer Mika Karppinen left the band.[4]

The album showed steady and continued success in their native Finland, topping both the Finnish and German charts. In 2004, the album peaked at number 190 on the Billboard 200 and number 10 on the Top Heatseekers chart.[5][6]

Sounds and themes[edit]

The album has been described as "...take[ing] their dark, brooding, hard rock sound into more pop-friendly territory[...]even then, the group has not lost its guitar-driven bite or tragic/romantic edge, as frontman Ville Valo waxes melancholic about love and lust on these hook-laden tunes"[7]

Track list[edit]

All tracks written by Ville Valo.

No. Title Length
1. "Salt in Our Wounds" 3:58
2. "Heartache Every Moment" 3:56
3. "Lose You Tonight" 3:42
4. "In Joy and Sorrow" 4:00
5. "Pretending" 3:55
6. "Close to the Flame" 3:46
7. "Please Don't Let It Go" 4:29
8. "Beautiful" 4:33
9. "Don't Close Your Heart" 4:39
10. "Love You Like I Do" 5:14
11. "Pretending" (Video) 3:42
Total length: 40:52
Special limited edition
No. Title Length
11. "Again" 3:41
12. "In Joy and Sorrow" (String version) 5:04
13. "Pretending" 8:00
14. "Pretending" (Video) 3:42
15. "In Joy and Sorrow" (Video) 3:34
Total length: 1:04:53
Remastered deluxe reissue – disc 2
No. Title Length
1. "Again" (Hollola Tapes) 3:21
2. "Pretending" (TRNSFRMTN version) 3:54
3. "Lose You Tonight" (Hollola Tapes) 4:17
4. "Salt in Our Wounds" (John Fryer Mix) 4:05
5. "Close to the Flame" (Hollola Tapes) 4:31
6. "Please Don't Let It Go" (Hollola Tapes) 3:40
7. "Pretending" (Kevin Shirley Mix) 4:04
8. "Love You Like I Do" (Hollola Tapes) 5:29

B-sides[edit]

  1. ”You Are the One” – 3:26 (limited digipack edition)
  2. ”In Love and Lonely” – 3:46 (limited digipack edition)
  3. ”Again” – 3:28 (In Joy and Sorrow limited edition Finnish/German maxi single)
  4. ”In Joy and Sorrow (string version)” – 5:01 (In Joy and Sorrow limited edition Finnish/German maxi single)
  5. ”Pretending (Cosmic Pope Jam)” – 8:00 (Pretending international Finnish/German maxi single)
  6. ”Lose You Tonight (caravan version)” – 6:08 (Pretending international Finnish/German maxi single)
  7. ”Salt in Our Wounds (Thulsa Doom version)” – 7:02 (In Joy and Sorrow limited edition Finnish/German maxi single)
  8. ”Beautiful (Third Seal)” – 4:46 (In Joy and Sorrow limited edition Finnish/German maxi single)
  9. ”Pretending (acoustic version)” – 4:02
  10. ”Salt in Our Wounds (acoustic version)” – 3:57
  11. ”In Joy and Sorrow (acoustic version)” – 4:02
  12. ”Heartache Every Moment (acoustic version)” – 3:34
  13. ”Close to the Flame (acoustic version)” – 3:22

Personnel[edit]

HIM[edit]

Session members[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Edition(s) Label Catalogue
Finland August 27, 2001 Enhanced CD Limited
  • Terrier
  • RCA
  • Hand Power
74321 877502
Europe Standard 74321 877492
Cassette 74321 881444
Finland December 3, 2001 Enhanced CD Special limited
  • Terrier
  • RCA
74321 911062
United States October 27, 2004 CD Standard B0003431-02
Australia October 21, 2002 Enhanced CD
  • 74321 877492
  • 74321 87749 2
Japan December 18, 2002 CD
  • BMG
  • RCA
  • Terrier
  • Hand Power
  • BVCM-37676
  • 82876-81007-2
United States December 15, 2014
  • LP
  • 2×CDs
Deluxe The End
  • TE353-1
  • TE353-2

References[edit]