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Alternative Rock and Hard Rock & Metal album by Evanescence

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  • Mar 13, 2007
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Pros: I like it.

Cons: I could do without "Hello" but that's just me.

The Bottom Line: I want to be in a field of paper flowers and candy clouds of lullaby.

I don’t know the real origins of Evanescence. Some people say they’re sort of Christian rock-type stuff. I wouldn’t know. What I do know is that I like their music. The proof lies in that after hearing these songs I did a lot of digging to get my hands on their first album, Origin, and then later was glad to accept a copy of The Open Door.

This album is great to play in all sorts of situations. Jogging, cranked up while you roll down the highway, blasting in your room on a sunny day with the windows open. You can be in a good mood or a less-than-excited mood to enjoy it. It’s a little dark in that the songs aren’t peppy, but rather semi-slow, rocking, with the occasional chilled piece. Take a look.

1.) Going Under Plenty of rolling guitar here. Amy Lee has great vocals and I like the semi-whispered parts and lyric echoes. Great way to open an album.

2.) Bring Me To Life The song that launched Evanescence to the top of the charts and featured in the movie Daredevil, with a guest singer from 12 Stones, Paul McCoy. They compliment each other well and I’d be surprised if you heard the song and didn’t like some aspect of it. Even my dad liked it, and that’s sort of a weird thing. Gets your blood going with the blasts of guitar and drums, well balanced and just an all around great song.

3.) Everybody's Fool Casual strumming of strings open things up for the harder stuff, throbbing as Amy sings her piece. I love the chorus here and this is one of the songs that I always go back to for the way this song is put together and how it builds up to the chorus – I’ve even gotten to the point where I know most of the words, which only happens with songs I enjoy.

4.) My Immortal The other popular song that made its debut on the radio for all to hear (in the case you hadn’t gone to see Daredevil). Just piano and Amy’s voice. That’s all you hear and that’s all you need. Trust me.

5.) Haunted It definitely sounds haunted, and now that I think about it, the “haunted” feeling reminds me of “Cloud Nine” from The Open Door, but I like this song better. It’s a little slower than some of the other songs, but it’s got a great guitar solo 2/3 of the way into the song.

6.) Tourniquet If I had a top 3 list of favorite songs for this album, this track may very well meet #3’s requirements. Fast, even, plenty of various electric guitars, and I enjoy that muffled radio section Amy starts with before getting clearer. I like the tone of this song, even how, dare I say, it gets violent at one point. That may sound like too much, but don’t worry, it’s done well.

7.) Imaginary Definitely ranking up there as at least my #2 top song, I love the imagery it presents as well as the music to accompany the lyrics. The strings from track 6 lead right into it with Amy singing of “paper flowers.” All the grinding guitar, the piano, I love turning this song up until I hear nothing else. Even then remixes I’ve heard are just as enjoyable. Maybe it’s just hard to do wrong by this song?

8.) Taking Over Me A little piano start us off before the guitar takes over in all its power and glory. Grr. I love all the little things they do in their songs, skipping and tweaking. Another with some good lyrics that I occasionally sing to.

9.) Hello A slower song, similar to “My Immortal,” but not as memorable or enjoyable. I often skip over it even though it’s not really a bad song. Mellow with some piano and other such instruments, but I’m too busy getting to songs I like more.

10.) My Last Breath This is another of my favorite songs. I absolutely love the opening (which makes other appearances in the song as part of the chorus) because of the mix between strings and electric guitar and Amy’s vocals. I simply go nuts for people who both enjoy and know how to incorporate classical instruments into music genres like this. I also love many of the lyrics “Look for me in the white forest hiding in a hollow tree (you will find me).”

11.) Whisper I think we’ve gone a little darker here. In my listings this might meet #5 – more of my love of the hard guitar and singing along to the chorus (and listening to the other chorus). I like how the sections are put together and the beats you get with a few specific parts; “I can stop the pain if I willed it all away. If I willed it all awaaaaay..” *rock*

Even if this album seems to denote sadness or indifference while it’s a blue, rainy sky and a dull day, you don’t have to think that way. Heck, I wanted to review something musical and it’s a bright sunny spring day, birds singing, and this is what I decided upon. It’s fun to just let go and lose yourself in the music once and a while.

It’s just that the combinations of all the hard guitar, Amy’s voice, the styles of the songs, the lyrics, the inclusion of other singers male and female, some chorus here and there, and classical instruments make this an album that fits me to a T.

I like how none of the songs are the same – though they do have that same feeling, it’s to be expected with any CD because that’s the genre they’re performing for, so I don’t know what else you think you’re going to get. In short, if you liked “Bring Me to Life” and “My Immortal” you’re 99% likely to enjoy the rest of these songs.



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review by . March 07, 2004
WoW I am not a fan of this genre, so this was actually the first album that I bought and I truly loved it. This CD doesn't have many tracks, but big things come in small pacakges. I'd rather get 10-tracks that sound good then a 20-track CD with not much on it.
review by . February 02, 2004
posted in Music Matters
Some people think that this album is overrated. NOT ME, although they have been a tad overplayed on the radio. I am not some hard core fan of Evanescence nor Miss Amy (although they have received MUCH PUBLICITY). I enjoyed the whole album, especially "My Immortal" & "Tourniquet". The members of Evanescence are up for several Grammys & while I don't necessarily think that Evanescence is high caliber, I certainly wouldn't begrudge them a "Best New Artist" grammy over some of the other nominees that …
review by . March 31, 2003
heavier music fronted by a female singer rarely reaches mainstream attention these days (if the atrocity known as Kittie comes to mind, they don't count because they awful and those vocals aren't really "female" IMO). Evanescene has been completely overhyped for their alleged originality, however. I'm saddened by these reviews to see nary a mention of the incredible Dutch band The Gathering, a group that has been doing this kind of thing for years and years. Anneke van Gierbergen's voice is absolutely …
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TheDaredevilsoundtrackprovided a nice boost for this previously unknown quartet from Little Rock, Arkansas. Evanescence’s songs "My Immortal" and the imposing "Bring Me to Life" are clear standouts in the film, mainly because they work so well with the dramatic, eerie undertones of the storyline. They reappear here on the band’s debut, alongside a selection of similarly brooding tracks that evoke pensive artists likeTori Amosand theCranberries. Vocalist Amy Lee has the kind of voice that can cause weeks of insomnia, but on songs like "Tourniquet" and "Haunted" she belies the music’s sinister mood with evenhanded spirituality, thoughtfully letting some light shine through the tempest.--Aidin Vaziri
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Label: Wind-Up
Artist: Evanescence
Release Date: March 4, 2003

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