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Genre: Indie Rock & Punk - Grunge / Artist: Evanescence / Audio CD released 2006-10-02 at Columbia

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      08.06.2012 13:02

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      An amazing album- FIVE STARS *****

      I love this album. It's so powerful and emotional. Oh, I love Amy's voice too!

      This was the follow-up to their successful debut album simply titled Evanesence.

      The album contains the single Call Me When You're Sober which is a powerful ballad that Amy just belts out. I love it! It has great guitar riffs and thrashing drum beats. The song is about getting back at someone who shows you love when they're drunk and not when they're sober. It's a very angry sounding song and it's one that I like to play when i'm angry at someone! Amy's voice really stands out on this song.

      They're aren't really any songs on this album that I dislike. Sweet Sacrifice is a belter of a song. It's wonderfully written with emotional lyrics and it's full of emotion and meaning too. It stands out on the album by a mile. I always find myself skipping to this track. Lithium is great too.

      The album is a rock/ pop album with a metal edge. It wouldn't be for the more hardcore rock fan as it lies somewhere in between. However it's not pop either so I don't know what i'd class it as really!

      It is a catchy album and it's well produced. It's polished and it's impressive. It's just as good as their debut which was also amazing. I would recommend this album to everyone. It's very thought provoking.

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      25.04.2012 10:54
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      One album you really must experience.

      "The Open Door" is the 2nd studio album by American rock band, Evanescence. It was released in 2006 on Wind-up Records and produced by Dave Fortman. The line-up for the album was Amy Lee (vocals), Terry Balsamo (guitar), John LeCompt (guitar), Will Boyd (bass) and Rocky Gray (drums).

      Raw emotion, ravaging pain and fears of the future of your career are never easy. They do, however, tend to add artistically to the project a musician is working on at the time they are being experienced. All the emotions Amy Lee was going through during the time her relationship with Ben Moody was spiralling out of control and ending, and the uncertainty of the future of Evanescence as a result, flowed though into the lyrics of the songs on this album.

      All the pain and uncertainty felt as Lee and Moody were struggling to hang on to what once has been captured in the feel of these songs. There is an almost jagged edge to the emotion, cocooned in a dark innocence which could not be felt if someone performed the songs without experiencing the pain. Although their first album, "Fallen" was brilliant by any standard, "The Open Door" has a maturity and depth of emotion that take it to a new level. There are many moments of pure rock joy. Very emotional piano, melodies and growling guitar riffs together make an amazing background for Lee's beautiful, unrestrained vocals.

      There are the slightest of changes to their style, showing a growth, musically, without changing their sound. Although each song is stellar with just a casual listen, when you truly pay attention you get the full effect of the depth and underlying emotion, while noticing the layers of music that combine to give the overall sound. Although not every song may be to your liking on the album, Evanescence can't be faulted for their artistic devotion to each track.

      "Sweet Sacrifice" is radio friendly but certainly doesn't feel as if it has been toned down to suit a wider audience. The thundering guitars make it a great choice to start things off with. Amy Lee's voice makes the song shine in a way no other voice could.

      "Call Me When You're Sober" really is an angry song, with thinly veiled venom released with every word. It is Amy Lee's outlet for her feelings toward ex-boyfriend Shaun Morgan, front man for the band Seether. The way the guitars duel on rhythm and melody lines is fantastic.

      "Weight of the World" is a fast paced rocker. The catchy verses are even better than the chorus. As you listen you feel the surge of hope that comes from not wanting to be held down by who you are and the way you have lived your life.

      "Lithium" could easily describe depression, and it has been said by some it describes Amy Lee's battle with depression. Piano and strings showcase Lee's stunning vocals as her voice soars on this one. You get a sense of the range she is capable of as her voice expands and lifts.

      "Cloud Nine" is gothic and ever so slightly spooky. It manages to grab hold of you and stays with you. The lyrics are very soul baring and the emotion in them conveys raw pain, with a sense of hopelessness. Listening to this song helps to understand the emotions someone goes through when they hit the point where they think all is lost and there is nowhere to turn.

      "Snow White Queen" seems a bit chaotic, but that feeling mirrors the feelings being conveyed in the song. The music is an odd but interesting goth rock and techno blend that works well together. Oddly creepy, the lyrics are about a stalker and his victim.

      "Lacrymosa" is a classically influenced song. The melody is haunting and beautiful in a soul stirring way. The fascinating choice of strings, piano, guitar and choir blend to perfection and the song simply soars.

      "Like You" is a piano based, mid tempo song. The guitars are almost hidden in the background until the crescendo. At that moment they are set free. The lyrics are a heartfelt cry of loss and the pain of missing her sister who has passed away. The music of the song adds to the feel of ebb and flow of pain, from sharp agony of loss to the dull ache of always missing the person and back.

      "Lose Control" is a dark, haunting piano melody with guitars at the chorus. There are some very clever lyrics in this track. You feel she wants to let go but is afraid what might happen if she relaxes the tight control she has over her life and her emotions, letting loose what has been bottled up inside for so long.

      "The Only One" is dark, with a stark feel of hopelessness. The song is very strong, emotionally, but as you listen, you can feel it is about someone barely hanging on by a thread. Desperation for someone to lead the way, someone to take charge and guide everyone out of the darkness seems to be the underlying theme.

      "Your Star" is underrated by so many people. There is far more to it than what it seems from a casual listen. The verse starts off slow, but builds at to the chorus. The very deep emotions running under the surface could apply to a breakup, shattered dreams or any number of life altering situations.

      "All That I'm Living For" is piano based and contains an outpouring of emotion with the vocals. The lyrics have a definite feel for Lee's feelings and dreams for the band and her life, and how those feelings and dreams, along with the rest of her, changed with the breakup and Moody's departure from the band.

      "Good Enough" is another deeply emotional track. The haunting beauty of the piano, with soaring strings in the background, is utterly stunning. Add vocals desperately full of pain lending even more beauty to an already amazing voice, and you have a masterpiece. The song is a catharsis of the deeply cutting pain of lost love, lost dreams and fragile feelings that go with them.

      In summary, this is one album I would insist others take the time to listen to if they haven't heard it before. It is rare for me to enthuse this much over an album, but with each listen I hear something I haven't heard before, and am always pleasantly surprised by the depth and complexity of each song. The haunting beauty of Amy Lee's voice captures the pain she has felt and conveys it in each track.

      1. Sweet Sacrifice
      2. Call Me When You're Sober
      3. Weight of the World
      4. Lithium
      5. Cloud Nine
      6. Snow White Queen
      7. Lacrymosa
      8. Like You
      9. Lose Control
      10. The Only One
      11. Your Star
      12. All That I'm Living For
      13. Good Enough

      My rating: 10/10

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      30.10.2009 22:40
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      Disappointing second effort

      After the phenomenal success of their debut album, it was always going to be very difficult for evanescence to replicate the success and equally in this writers opinion, the quality of the first album. This problem was made much worse when it was announced that Ben Moody the main guitarist, was going his seperate ways from the group.

      As a result of this gap, a new guitarist was hired from the group Cold but also, it has had a direct influence on the musical direction of this album. This album is not, with the exception of a few songs, very guitar oriented and instead what we are presented with is a stripped down sound.

      The best songs from this album combine amy's angelic but dark gothic sounding voice with a dense musical backdrop, complimented by very melodic bridge/hooks and crunching guitar riffs. The songs which best illustrate that this production approach are Sweet Sacrifice, and Call Me When Your Sober and the beautiful Lithium which sees the guitar play take a back seat to Amy playing the piano and taking centre stage with her vocals.

      The problem with essentially the second half of the album especially, is that the stripped down songs feel empty and what's more, other songs promise to build up to something epic and yet they don't go anywhere. They clearly lack body and sound unfinished and while Amy's voice saves the album, the lack of cohesion leads to me almost feel like I am going through the motions at times.

      This album was a severe disappointment and while I do recognise that if this had been their first album it would have commanded more respect from me, the fact is that once a band has made their mark, rightly or wrongly everything else will be viewed upon the original impact album. I think it's very clear that they are missing the guitar talents and the song writing talents of Ben Moody (him and Amy co wrote) and therefore this should be a bargain basement purchase only.

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        19.09.2009 16:02
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        The Open Door was Evanescence's 2nd album released in 2009, they have a real punk rock/ gothy sound to them and Amy Lee the lead singer has an amazing voice. This album has a great mix of great songs on it, if you are into similar genres of music or artists you will probably love this album. Also if you like their previous album Fallen you will probably like this album as it is quite similar.

        You can buy The Open Door in most good music stores for around £10 - £15 though if you look online on amazon you can get it for around £8 which is a great deal, also if you have a spotify account you can listen to it for free on there.

        The track listing for The Open Door is as follows:
        1 Sweet Sacrifice
        2 Call Me When You're Sober
        3 Weight Of The World
        4 Lithium
        5 Cloud Nine
        6 Snow White Queen
        7 Lacrymosa
        8 Like You
        9 Lose Control
        10 Only One
        11 Your Star
        12 All That I'm Living For
        13 Good Enough

        Favourite Tracks
        Sweet Sacrafice
        This is my favourite song on the album, there is great guitar riffs in it and Amy Lees voice is beautiful, both elements combines make this song sound really dark, its a great song and well worth a listen too.

        All That Im Living For
        This is another really great song on this album, this song is about love that isnt really working out and feeling lonely and insecure. I really like this song because it has a bit of pace to it and isnt as slow as some of the other songs on the album.

        I can honestly say there are no tracks on this album that I dislike, though I do tend to skip Your Star as I am just not as fond of it as other songs on the album, its not a bad song though it just seems to me a weaker track than others in my personal taste.

        Overall this is a great album full with loads of great songs, it was great value and I would recommend it to Evanescence fans and also people who like similar genres of music.

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          12.09.2009 20:01
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          An amazing Goth rock album - absolutely not to be missed

          Evanescence probably don't need an introduction, but for the sake of those who may have just woken from a coma or stumbled into one of those pesky worm holes and have been transported 50 years into the future here is a quick bit of background on them.

          Evanescence are a Goth rock band formed in 1995 in Little Rock, Arkansas by Amy Lee and Ben Moody, alongside Moody's friends John LeCompt, Rocky Gray and Will Boyd. Their first demo album released was Origin in 2000, and this was a raw, yet beautiful album showcasing their potential talent for music and lyric writing and the absolutely amazing strong and impassioned vocals of Amy Lee.

          Skip forward to 2003 with the release of the global sensation Fallen with sales in excess of 15 million (7 x Platinum) and two Grammy awards to their name which effectively rejuvenated the Goth rock genre and brought them to the forefront of the music industry. This was an album of great variety with heavy rock songs and darkly haunting ballads and was home to the song "Bring Me To Life" which skyrocketed the group to stardom and set the tone to what was a truly phenomenal album.

          Three years were to pass before the release of their next album The Open Door and in this time the band had undergone some major upheavals. Ben Moody (with such an apt name) had left the band in the middle of their European Tour for Fallen citing reasons of "creative differences". Moody was replaced by the guitarist Terry Balsamo originally from the band Cold.

          But further delays were to ensue before the release of their second full album - Balsamo suffered a stroke, their former manager left in controversy and so with all this growing anticipation could The Open Door live up to all the hype?


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          The Open Door
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          The Open Door was released on 25th September/ 3rd October 2006 around the world with overwhelming success. Within the first week of release The Open Door sold 447,000 and by the second had sold 725,000 copies and was already certified as platinum by November 2006. Debuting at number one in the US and four other countries and reaching the top five in 14 other countries including the UK it seemed that hopes were exceptionally high for this album.

          I was also heavy with anticipation before the album was released but must confess to being slightly concerned after my initial hearing of the first single "Call Me When You're Sober". Obviously with new creative forces behind this new album I wasn't expecting a carbon copy of Fallen (something which would have been incredibly disappointing) and was glad to find that the essence of Evanescence (try saying that 10 times fast) was still there with pure and heavy guitar riffs, beautiful piano melodies and of course Amy Lee's trademark powerful and haunting vocals in full force.

          But the lyrics seemed less evocative, less dark and the music was perhaps just a little more mainstream and a little too polished which made me wonder if this album would not have the edge that Fallen had. But upon hearing the rest of the album, relief set in and I was once again sucked in to the compelling and emotive world that Evanescence are able to create with their music and in some ways I actually prefer this album to Fallen.


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          1. Sweet Sacrifice
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          Sweet Sacrifice was the third single released off the album and got to #24 in the US. This is a stunning opening to the album. We are eased into the song with a gentle guitar riff, soft and pure vocals from Lee, before slowly building to a heavy and angry tempo with matching haunting and angry vocals from Lee. There is also a symphonic undertone in the more dramatic parts of this song which adds to the depth and range of this song.

          The lyrics are pleasingly just as Evanescence have always managed, dark, evocative and meaningful - maybe not as powerful as some of the tracks on Fallen, but for me the band hadn't lost any of their spark on this opening track.

          9/10


          2. Call Me When You're Sober
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          Ah, the first single as I mentioned before. To be fair, despite the obvious commercial advantages to this song it is a grower. It is very catchy, with a nice melody, a nice balance of shifting tempos throughout the song and naturally the exquisite vocals of Amy Lee give it that extra special something.

          With a pleasant, but not awe inspiring tune, and decent enough lyrics, but lacking any of the dark evocations that Evanescence normal provoke this is an okay, but not amazing song.

          7/10


          3. Weight of the World
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          Another angry and impassioned song and the fifth single to be released, this song keeps up the momentum of the album with a fast paced and heavy rock tune. Again, nicely balanced with heavy guitar riffs interwoven with more melodic piano based phases and a chance for Amy Lee to really let rip with all the power of her voice, plus dark, angry and anguished lyrics to perfectly suit the mood this is another excellent and heart-thumping song.

          8/10

          4. Lithium
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          A change in tempo for the second single to be released, Lithium is the first ballad off the album. This song has a beautiful and extremely haunting piano based melody, and for the first time on the album Amy Lee really displays a full range of emotions in her vocals which genuinely inspire true feeling from this song. The chorus is chillingly epic and the lyrics are eerily depressing and full of torment which makes this song a standout one on the album and are Evanescence at their best.

          10/10


          5. Cloud Nine
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          Cloud Nine marks a return to the angry, more up tempo style as seen in Sweet Sacrifice and Weight of the World. The song is punctuated with heavy riffs, and free-flowing vocals from Lee which work in tandem with the changing pace of the song to flit from angry to resigned with smooth and effortless grace. The lyrics are yet again wonderfully dark and slightly bitter and this song consistently maintains the dark aura of the album.

          9/10


          6. Snow White Queen
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          Snow White Queen is the first completely haunting song on the album. With controlled and chilling vocals and a gently building piano melody leading to a chorus full with a tale of inescapable and tormenting captivity this is an extremely enchanting song. Amy Lee's vocals again intermingle with the ebbs and flows of the music with amazing ease to create yet another astoundingly evocative song.

          10/10

          7. Lacrymosa
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          A Latin word that means weeping (I had to look that up!), Lacrymosa adds a new element to the album with much more emphasis on a symphonic style with violins and the piano taking centre stage. Again, the music, lyrics and Lee's vocals are haunting and, as many of this song's predecessors, this song undergoes a serious of ebbs and flows, with gentle passages leading up to an adrenaline fuelled chorus full of anger and pain where the guitar begins to kick in to assist with this extra dimension to the song.

          9/10


          8. Like You
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          Another haunting and melodic song, with heavy emphasis on the piano this is yet again another awe inspiring song on the album. I believe this song was written for Amy Lee's sister who tragically died at the age of 3, and the genuine emotion that rolls off this song is extremely moving and gives the beautifully crafted lyrics all that much more meaning. Lee's vocals are again so full of feeling that you cannot help but be sucked in by the sheer intensity of the song.

          9/10


          9. Lose Control
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          After the last two achingly haunting songs, Lose Control brings back a slightly less intense, but yet again another angry song with emphasis returning a balance between heavy guitar riffs and an understated melodic piano tune. Lee's vocals are again supreme and show amazing dexterity to change effortlessly from anguished to incensed as the song demands it.

          9/10

          10. The Only One
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          This is by far my favourite song on the album. I absolutely adore the lyrics on this song, both the music and Lee's vocals are the most haunting of any of the songs on this album, and the way this song builds through an array of emotions is jaw dropping. The genuine feeling and passion inspired by this song is quite simply amazing - there is a rollercoaster of tempos and emotions woven throughout this song which makes it the best constructed song on the album.

          10/10


          11. Your Star
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          Your Star is another haunting tune again with great emphasis on a piano melody and the exceptionally emotional vocals from Lee. A slow building song which does reach a passionate climax and with poetic, dark and meaningful lyrics this is the kind of song you can just get lost in. Another excellent addition to the album which is timely placed to keep a great balance between anger and pain, heavy rock and melodic harmonies.

          8/10


          12. All That I'm Living For
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          Again, All That I'm Living For sees a mix between the heavy guitar riffs and a gentler symphonic melody which in a way summarises the whole album through the amazing ability to seamlessly switch from one style to the other. Again there is a haunting quality to this song through both the melody and Lee's stunning vocals, and once again the dark and angry lyrics round off this song in style.

          8/10


          13. Good Enough
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          The fourth single to be released off the album, Good Enough is a fitting way to finish off the album. Here Lee gets to show off both her voice and her piano skills with an uncharacteristically slow paced song, but very vulnerable song. There is absolutely nowhere to hide with this song, and Lee clearly gives it her all. With a far more symphonic style than any of the previous songs on this album, this is one of the more emotional songs on the album, and builds brilliantly to a very moving climax.

          9/10


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          I would say that The Open Door for me lived up to and actually exceeded the hype by a full country mile. Evanescence have definitely taken a different direction from that of Fallen, but their essence that made them such a magical band has remained and has manifested itself in a new, but just as exciting way.

          The Open Door is a richly dark and thoroughly evocative album and is jam packed with fantastic riffs and melodies that range from heavy Goth rock to heart breaking ballads, poetic and meaningful lyrics and the absolutely stunning vocals of Amy Lee which all culminate to create a truly fantastic album.

          I can't wait for them to release their third studio album in 2010.

          A must have album!

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            17.05.2009 15:00
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            worth the time =]

            Evanescence:The Open Door
            Evanescence a well know heavy metal'gothic' band (Although I wouldn't put the gothic in there') First released their debut album 'Fallen' in 2003 and followed that up with their live DVD 'Anywhere But Home' in 2004. In 2006 with Wind-UP Records they released this album 'The Open Door.'

            In my oppinion it is a great album, although I do prefer their previous album 'Fallen'.
            Their tracks 'Lithium' and 'Call Me When You're Sober' both have Music video's which are to a great standard.


            The Band Members

            Current Members
            Amy Lee - lead vocals, piano, keyboards
            Terry Balsamo - lead guitars
            Tim McCord - bass

            Former Members
            David Hodges - keyboards, piano, drums, backing vocals
            Ben Moody - lead guitars
            Will Boyd - bass
            John LeCompt - rhythm guitars, backing vocals
            Rocky Gray - drums, percussion


            The Album Tracks

            Torniquet 4/5
            Yes this one is on 'Fallen' But this is a live version. This track proves that Evanescence are Brilliant Live..A catchy chorus with flawless vocals Amy Lee really puts her voice out there in this track.

            Sweet Sacrifice 5/5
            This is an excellent track , It has an awesome rhythm that is consistent through out the track. More amazing Vocals as usual from Amy Lee, She never fails to amaze me and others I know.

            Call Me When You're Sober 5/5
            This is an excellent track with a superb video, its worth checking out on youtube.
            It starts off with Amy singing and a few piano notes then the guitar, bass and drums are bought in and the track really picks up from there. Amy sings the lyrics with a flawless voice and leaves you mesmorised...I was anyway.

            Weight Of The World 4/5
            This is a great track, it has everything that makes it amazing. A great Bass line, Awesome drums and Excellent guitarring and as excpected awesome vocals =]

            Lithium 5/5
            This actually is quite a slow song at the begiining but thats excellent because you think its going to be a slow song all the way through and you get a little shock when the guitar kicks in. It has a lovely Piano melody at the beginning which is lovely even on its own.

            Cloud Nine 3/5
            I wasnt that impressed with this track to be honest, It has an interesting beat but that little chant or whatever it is throughout the beginning ruins it and Amy's voice isnt as good as it is in other tracks...she could (I can't believe i find myself saying this) do better in this track.

            Snow White Queen 4/5
            This track was wrote for Narnia, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, but I don't think it was used from what I heard, I have never seen the film so I wouldn't know wether they used it or not. The track has superb vocals and an awesome riff. The chorus is catchy and really it only lacks a little with the bass line, its not that impressive.

            Lacrymosa 5/5
            The band have an orchestra behind them which really sets this track off in my oppinion, They also have a choir which gives it an eerie edge in a way. Amy Lees voice really leaves you in shock because it is the best she has done on this album and this track leaves you wishing the track would carry on a little longer.

            Like You 4/5
            The song has a slow start but it does pick up eventually. I love the effects they use with the guitar. The piano melody is beautiful when played on its own too and gives this song that little bit of the push it needs, Its got a simple but effective beat it also.

            Lose Control 4/5
            Another beautiful Piano melody and some real awesome vocals given from Amy Lee. This track has a great beat and some really interesting lyrics. The track REALLY picks up about 01:15 into it with an awesome rhythm that leads to a great riff.

            The Only One 5/5
            I love the lyrics/vocals to this track they have an eerie feel to them. The beat is superb and this has to be one of the best tracks on this album. Amy Lee exceeds herself in this track, she really is a great role model.

            Your Star 4/5
            A track that really gives the listener something to think about. You don't know wether to like it or dislike it. The piano melody is not at its best and doesnt really fit with the vocals when you actually listen carefully but it works. Amy's Voice is excellent in this track. The great thing about this track is when your bordering on your answer wether to like it or not it picks up as if the band have tricked you in a way. It is a great track all together.

            All That I'm Living For 3/5
            I like this track but I find it gets a little annoying after a while and I never thought that this band could acheive that. Amy's voice is great but I think the beat and rhythm clash a little...the beat eventually gets boring and the song just goes a little down hill.

            Good Enough 4/5
            Well have to say this is a good enough way to end the album =] It has a great Piano melody at the begining and a great orchestra behind them. it takes about 01:00 for the song to actually pick up. The vocals and lyrics are brilliant and I just love this track, there isn't really much more to say.

            All in all this is a good album, I just think it is a shame about those one or two tracks that could do with a little tweaking. Deffinatley worth it though, I cant remember when I bought this but I know I have got my moneys worth from it.

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              20.03.2009 00:36
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              One Of My Favourite Albums

              **THE BAND**
              Evanescence are an American rock/metal band from Arkansas. They are well know for their style of dark and theatrical, dramatic songs. Over the years their style has changed slightly but without losing their trademark traits. They have a huge fanbase, mostly compiled of fans of rock or metal music. The current members of the band are: Amy Lee, Terry Balsamo, and Tim McCord. So far they Evanescence have only released two studio albums:
              Fallen (2003)
              The Open Door (2006)


              **TRACKLIST**
              1."Sweet Sacrifice" 3:05
              2."Call Me When You're Sober" 3:34
              3."Weight of the World" 3:37
              4."Lithium" 3:44
              5."Cloud Nine" 4:22
              6."Snow White Queen" 4:22
              7."Lacrymosa" 3:37
              8."Like You" 4:16
              9."Lose Control" 4:50
              10."The Only One" 4:40
              11."Your Star" 4:43
              12."All That I'm Living For" 3:48
              13."Good Enough"


              **MY FAVOURITE TRACKS**


              **1. Sweet Sacrifice**
              This song is a perfect example of the theatrical and dramatic songs i mentioned earlier and also a perfect opener for this album. It starts off with slightly muted vocals from Amy Lee, overlapped with muted electric guitars playing a heavy but low riff. Her voice definitely gives the effect of drama, it sounds almost operatic at first but when she gets into it you can hear the rock side. The chorus of this song is almost as good as the first big hit from Evanescence because it is very catchy. 10/10.


              **2. Call Me When You're Sober**
              This song is a completely different direction to the first track. It starts off with a piano playing the intro followed by Amy Lee's stunning vocals. This track almost has the feeling that it is telling a story although the lyrics don't exactly reflect this, it just seems to gradually fet better and better. Again, the chorus on this track is not only very dark and dramatic but also very catchy. 9/10.


              **3. Weight Of The World**
              Here is yet another direction the band, more of an emotional plea or some sort of desperation can be heard in Amy's voice. It's not quite as dramatic as the first two tracks that I mentioned but it is quite agressive but it does give it a good atmosphere. Her vocal range on this track is amazing. 10/10.


              **MY OVERALL OPINION**
              This album is a definite must own for any fan of rock or metal. There are some dark tracks and some that are not as down beat but very different. The band haven't changed too much in the last few years but they seem to be going from strength to strength, I personally prefer this album to the first, it definitely shows off Amy Lee's voice. Overall, 10/10.

              Thanks for reading!

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                *****

                After the much talked about departure of Ben Moody, Amy Lee was left to craft and create an Evanescence album more to her personal style which results in a slightly less accessible and less 'radio friendly' record, which still manages to impresses none the less. Although three years isn't that longer gap between albums, The Open Door has seemingly taken a decade to arrive and much of the aura and buzz surrounding the band has died down during this time - which was perhaps a good thing anyway.

                The album doesn't have the slew of obvious hits the breakthrough Fallen album had and has much more symphonic feel to it with numerous strings and gothic choirs backing the music. This helps to creates a rich depth, although it may not immediately appeal to those unused to the more powerful stuff.

                Amy Lee vocally is slightly more diverse as well, using her voice as more of an instrument both in the foreground and background of tracks, of which the first single Call Me When Your Sober and the enchanting Weight of the World highlight. Also worth a mention is the excellent opening Sweet Sacrifice which is a delightful throwback to past graces.

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                22.06.2008 17:34
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                This usually isn't my type of music, but I picked this album up because there wasn't anything else that caught my eye in Woolworths, so I purchased it.

                As I unwrapped it from it's see through cling film-like packaging I noticed that the case had a very nice appearance to it.
                I opened up the case and was quite suprised at how nice it was inside. There was a neat little book inside that included all of the lyrics from the songs and pictures of the band. On the whole it's quite gothic and dark.

                The songs are very dark, as the combination of lead singer Amy's low-pitched-angel-voice, drums and a guitar on heavy drive was very good. I have also read in the acknowledgement bit at the back that some of the songs have included a choir of some sort which gives the some of the songs a spooky sound to them.
                The way the songs are and the lyrics makes the whole album quite beautiful in some aspects.

                The songs in the album follow:

                .1. Sweet Sacrifice
                .2. Call Me When You're Sober
                .3. Weight Of The World
                .4. Lithium
                .5. Cloud Nine
                .6. Snow White Queen
                .7. Lacrymosa
                .8. Like You
                .9. Lose Control
                .10.The Only One
                .11. Your Star
                .12. All That I'm Living For
                .13. Good Enough

                To me it seems suitable that there are 13 tracks in this album as it's very gothic.
                In summary, a very good album for people with a taste for grungy, heavy rock songs.
                Thanks for reading.

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                  21.01.2008 23:52
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                  A blend of excellence and a great album

                  After seeing that this item was reviewable I have jumped at the chance to review one of my favourite music albums. The Open Door represents more than 3 years of waiting for new music from Evanescence's fans but this record is worth all the wait because it is brilliant! The band comprise of lead singer Amy Lee's often haunting vocals, combined with a rock/goth feel from drums, guitar and bass and Amy's expert piano playing. This album is value for money as I can see it on Amazon for £5.97 yet you get 13 songs which is more than most albums seem to manage to deliver.

                  Evanescence mix goth rock with sweet slow and sad piano-vocal songs which really define Evanescence and make them unique. It works well because Amy Lee really can sing and each song has her trademark vocals stamped all over them. Also she plays piano in most the songs (though sometimes it is drowned out my heavy guitar drones!) which I as a pianist am in awe of because they are quite challenging to play (many notes in not a lot of time) yet including quite nice riffs (the riff in Your Star is brilliant and fantastic to play). Arguably the guitar parts aren't as good as in the first album (Fallen) after Ben Moody who was their guitarist quit the band. Certainly the guitar playing is full of melody but I feel that it is not as challenging as before. However the record is a pleasure to listen to:

                  1. Sweet Sacrifice
                  A catch introduction to the album, but this was released as a single and it has a slightly manufactured style. The style of this song is like the style found in their first album, yet all the later songs are more distinct.

                  2. Call Me When You're Sober
                  Again this was released as a single so similarly it songs manufactured but this is one of the best songs on the album which a very nice piano part.

                  3. Weight of the World
                  A song which is less 'rocky' than the first two songs but yet is fairly haunting. Not a bad song, again this was released as a single but the sound of it represents Evanescence more than the first two tracks.

                  4. Lithium
                  Slower than other songs, an ordinary not outstanding song.

                  5. Cloud Nine
                  A song which passes very quickly as it has a quick beat. Vocals are excellent again.

                  6. Snow White Queen
                  This is the most haunting song on the album but without listening to the lyrics it's quite a moving song as well.

                  7. Lacrymosa
                  My least favourite song on the album. This is based on Lacrimosa by W.A. Mozart which Amy Lee is very keen on but I don't think this covers successfully as a song. The lacks sole and I often skip this track! The original Lacrimosa is more preferable for me!

                  8. Like You
                  A song written about Amy Lee's deceased sister, so fairly slow and personal to Lee. Hard to relate to as a normal listener.

                  9. Lose Control
                  The album starts to pick up the pace again after some slow songs with Lose Control but this track isn't particularly gothic.

                  10. The Only One
                  Again picking up the pace. An excellent warm-up for the next song.

                  11. Your Star
                  By far the best song on the album! Everything about this song is perfect! Vocals (Lee and choir), piano and other instruments are exactly right and combine to make a truly memorable record.

                  12. All That I'm Living For
                  This is a rich vein of form in the album. This song is rocky and catchy.

                  13. Good Enough
                  A great song to finish the album with. It starts with a 90 second instrumental and then kicks into the song. Another great song.

                  In conclusion this song mixes fast with slow, rock with quiet and thoughtfulness. It is a mix and a very successful one at that. Well worth buying, especially as you can pick it up cheaply now. Good listening!

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                    A welcomed return to the powerful Amy Lee but some may be pushed away by the overused gothic anthems

                    Opening with 'Sweet Sacrifice' Amy Lee's band (Evanescence) sets the par well above standard with this fantastic Gothic anthem. A mixture of heavy guitar fueled songs with light melancholic ballads keep this album alive through intense emotions such as anger, bitterness and solitude. The Open Door however is much more mature and profound than Fallen, with more of the songs being meaningful.

                    This type of music is good for either rocking out to when in a bad mood and wanting to express that through music and evenely when feeling down and wanting to procrastinate on the past. The rhythm of each song lures you into the lyrics and demands a reaction out of you.

                    The Track list is as follows:

                    1. Sweet Sacrifice
                    2. Call Me When You're Sober
                    3. Weight of the World
                    4. Lithium
                    5. Cloud Nine
                    6. Snow White Queen
                    7. Lacrymosa
                    8. Like You
                    9. Lose Control
                    10. The Only One
                    11. Your Star
                    12. All That I'm Living For
                    13. Good Enough

                    Sweet sacrifice and Call Me When Your Sober are my favourite tracks offering addictive lyrics and enticing beats that sooner or later get you singing along with Amy Lee's brilliant voice. Weight of the World is another great track for the band that resembles more of the tracks from the debut album and Lithium resembles My Immortal, but delivers in a new bolder way.

                    Cloud Nine was too confusing for me with Amy Lee's voice sounding more like a drone than anything else and the guitar music blending with the haunting chants do not mix well at all.

                    Some may say that the first single Call Me When You're Sober is somewhat 'mainstream' and synchronised rhythmically to appeal to a wider audience and encourage sales but to be honest its a blend of catchy and addictive beats.

                    There are many songs on the album that resemble 'Fallen' songs with their errie haunting horror type tunes and and sounds and to be honest does seem over used somewhat in certain songs. Lacrymosa is a pure example with a gothic choir providing back up vocals.

                    However, the album really sets its mark on you both emotionally and physically as you block the rest of the world out. A sense of accomplishment comes through after you listen to all of the tracks as The Open Door is like an emotional journey but i have to admit i felt angry at times as it forces you to remember your past as well.

                    Amy Lee as always delivers gorgeous vocals to a blend of successful tracks such as weight of the World and Lithium and it is her journey you follow as you embark on the album. Her vocal abilities really shine through on some tracks and can make you standaback and appreciate her effort at fine tuning her voice going up and down the scale throughout. There are times however when the music really does blend her voice out and with some baddly picked beats and sounds, she sounds nothing short of a grunting pig. Your Star and Snow White Queen are brilliant examples.

                    If you are a fan of Evanescence then this will not be a let down from the other amazing album Fallen. This is not like your typical commercial slush that pop stars rant out and like i've mentioned before its more of a journey that requires you to relax and get heated up at the same time.

                    If you liked their previous tracks but not a fan of Gothic mood be wary of this album as it hits you in face completely different than Fallen and it may be too overwhelming for some.

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                    Disc #1 Tracklisting
                    1 Sweet Sacrifice
                    2 Call Me When You're Sober
                    3 Weight Of The World
                    4 Lithium
                    5 Cloud Nine
                    6 Snow White Queen
                    7 Lacrymosa
                    8 Like You
                    9 Lose Control
                    10 Only One
                    11 Your Star
                    12 All That I'm Living For
                    13 Good Enough