Nightwish ，大陆译为夜愿，女歌手 Tarja 领军的美声金属乐团，近年来大红大紫，号称芬兰的瑰宝。98年的专辑Oceanborn名满天下，是新古典主义和金属气质幸福联姻的典范。
Nightwish最初是由键盘手Tuomas Holopainen、吉他手Emppu Vuorinen及女主唱Tarja Turunen三人於1996年所组成，在录制了一些demo之后，97年中与Spinefarm Records签下唱片合约，首张专辑於97年末时发行。
Tarja Turunen 从小接受严格的声乐训练，勉强算美女歌手。颧骨很高，给人野心勃勃的感觉。Nightwish 的曲风凌厉，气势逼人，古典段落流光溢彩，金属节奏泼辣奔放，令人有血沸腾之感。
Listeners of symphonic metal are most likely familiar with Nightwish, since this band has been one of the trailblazers of the genre. With five studio albums under their belt, Nightwish has definitely more than enough material for a "Best of" album. Titled as Highest Hopes, this collection features some peak moments of Nightwish's career. In spite of all, I reckon the band easily could have included another disc to this collection.
Offering an extensive cross-section of Nightwish's career, this record handles its job rather well. The songs vary from touching ballads to grand metal epics. Ironically Nightwish wasn't originally even intended to play metal. Luckily the band made the choice of playing symphonic metal, as I certainly doubt that Nightwish would be as known as they are currently if they'd sticked to their original plan of playing camp fire folk music.
Production - yet being strong on their records - leaves some room for improvement... for example, the drums aren't always that well-mixed. Nonetheless, this record has been engineered rather proficiently. The sounds are full and fairly atmospheric.
All in all, Highest Hopes is a very good record if one hasn't listened to Nightwish before. Regardless, those who already own every Nightwish album won't have much to hear (therefore the reduced overall rating)... this collection contains only one new song, which is a live cover of Pink Floyd's "High Hopes". In addition, there's a new version of Sleeping Sun
1. Wish I Had An Angel
4. Ever Dream
6. Bless The Child
8. Sleeping Sun (2005 Version)
9. Dead To The World
10. Over The Hills And Far Away
11. Deep Silent Complete
12. Sacrament Of Wilderness
13. Walking In The Air
15. Dead Boy's Poem
16. High Hopes