Tarja. The statuesque Finn, at once lacy and sleek, unleashed a classically trained vocal attack onto an only-slightly suspecting throng of UK punters.
Such indominatable stage presence and cinematic gothic aura rarely translates beyond the fantasy confines of queasy Tim Burton movies, yet Ms Turunen made it her own, and worked it hard.
– Carl Byron Batson reviews Tarja Turunen at Camden’s KOKO.
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Photographer, published poet, former party animal, body builder, grave robber
to the stars and renowned chainsaw juggler, Carl can often be spotted on his
Harley Davidson pretending to be in Terminator 2. He is also frequently seen in
the press pits of old London town, camera in hand, avoiding being hit by bottles
of wee and crippling his opposition with secret Kung Fu moves.