Wow - what a bold statement calling The Islander boring!
I love that song, but definitely have to be in the mood for it. And it was very much an acquired taste at that. I wasn't too impressed with the Owl song either. I'm used to Nightwish having 2 slow songs on their cd's....so this one seems to have a lot more, and I don't like that too much.
But all this is just based off one listen. Usually once I listen to it for a week or so, I really fall in love with Nightwish cd's.