Deep Shadows and Brilliant Highlights

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Deep Shadows and Brilliant Highlights
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Studio album by HIM
Released 27 August 2001 (FIN)
27 August 2001 (EU)
27 October 2004 (US)
Genre Rock
Length 42:11
Label BMG, RCA, GUN, Supersonic {EU)
Jimmy Franks, Universal (US}
Producer T.T. Oksala, Kevin Shirley
HIM chronology
Razorblade Romance
(1999)
Deep Shadows and Brilliant Highlights
(2001)
The Single Collection
(2002)
Limited Edition
European Promo
Singles from Deep Shadows & Brilliant Highlights
  1. "Pretending"
    Released: February 7, 2001 (2001-02-07)
  2. "In Joy and Sorrow"
    Released: December 10, 2001 (2001-12-10)
  3. "Heartache Every Moment & Close to the Flame"
    Released: February 1, 2002 (2002-14-01)
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]

Tracklist[edit]

Standard Edition[edit]

All songs composed 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"   3:59
5. "Pretending"   3:55
6. "Close to the Flame"   3:46
7. "You are the One"   3:26
8. "Please Don't Let It Go"   4:29
9. "Beautiful"   4:33
10. "Don't Close Your Heart"   4:39
11. "Love You Like I Do"   5:14
Total length:
42:57
Limited Edition Christmas Version
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. "Again"   3:41
12. "In Joy and Sorrow (String version)"   5:04
13. "Pretending (Cosmic Pope Jam)"   8:00
14. "Pretending" (Video) 3:42
15. "In Joy and Sorrow" (Video) 3:34
Total length:
1:04:53

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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ http://www.musicfolio.com/modernrock/him.html
  3. ^ http://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/6690/HIM-Deep-Shadows-and-Brilliant-Highlights/
  4. ^ "H.I.M. Drummer Gas Lipstick Leaves Band After 16 Years - "It's Time For Me To Move On As A Musician"". Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles. January 27, 2015. Retrieved February 3, 2015. 
  5. ^ http://www.billboard.com/#/album/h-i-m-his-infernal-majesty/deep-shadows-and-brilliant-highlights/529560
  6. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/deep-shadows-and-brilliant-highlights-mw0000168245/awards
  7. ^ http://www.cduniverse.com/productinfo.asp?pid=6770503&style=music
  8. ^ "HIM: Deep Shadows & Brilliant Highlights" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 2013-08-31.
  9. ^ The first is the list of the best-selling domestic albums of 2001 in Finland, the second is that of the foreign albums:
  10. ^ a b The first web page presents the sales figures, the second presents the certification limits: