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The Open Door

EvanescenceAudio CD
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Evanescence’s third album is self titled for a reason: 15 years after its formation, the multi-platinum band has made the most collaborative, united album of its career. And it rocks.

“Coming back together is such a beautiful and happy thing,” co-founder and lead singer Amy Lee says of making “Evanescence,” the group’s first album since 2006’s ... Read more in Amazon's Evanescence Store

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  • Audio CD (October 3, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bicycle Music Com.
  • ASIN: B000FTWB7G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (533 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,080 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

Editorial Reviews

There's nothing like a breakup to focus your muse. This follow-up to the stunning, multi-platinum Fallen was penned as singer Amy Lee's troubled romance with bandmate Ben Moody was spiraling out of control, impelling her to craft an anxious record full of recriminations, revelation, and self-flagellation, as she questioned everything that kept her whole. It's a fascinating journey for the listener as she ventures into her own personal heart of darkness, her stricken, perfect voice suspended on an unsteady precipice between breakdown and breakthrough. Despite the loss of two members, including guitarist Moody who left mid-tour in 2003, the album has a maturity, sophistication, and a singular vision that wasn't found in their earlier work. Stately and as exotic as Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti, with its intricate instrumentation, disturbing imagery, and disembodied chorus, The Open Door shows exactly what this band is capable of. "Snow White Queen" is a goth-y alternative to Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together," equally anthemic, but with much more grit and pain. --Jaan Uhelszki

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The follow-up to their Multi-Platinum Debut Featuring the hit single "Call Me When You're Sober"

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48 of 54 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lee Keeps Evanescence Tight as a Drum December 3, 2006
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Evanescence has been through a lot since its major label debut "Fallen" rocked the charts in 2003. Songwriter/guitarist Ben Moody departed from the band on account of personal and creative differences with lead singer Amy Lee and has since moved on to work with other artists (Avril Lavigne, Kelly Clarkson), and Lee herself has been at the heart of a well-publicized sexual harassment lawsuit. At long last, however, the band's long-anticipated "The Open Door" has arrived, having debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts.

While Lee is flanked by talented musicians, she is now the indisputable centerpiece of the band, which was inevitable from the beginning. She wrote all the tracks either solo or in tandem with the band's new guitarist, Terry Balsamo, and staking a clear assertion of independence. From her impassioned vocals to her forthright lyrics, it is clear to see she has a lot to get off her chest.

Lead single "Call Me When You're Sober" seems at once like yet another Kelly Clarkson radio hit, but this actually works well, striding the line between catchy pop and mainstream rock. Constant airplay has not diluted the song's appeal as it continues to air out Lee's frustrations with Shaun Morgan, her ex-boyfriend and lead singer of rock band Seether. "Lithium," the second single, channels Sarah McLachlan with piano/vocal simplicity before the guitar riffs surge, beckoning the psychiatrist's couch with its deep, dark gloom.

The album's opening track, "Sweet Sacrifice," however, is extremely radio friendly, with a downright awesome hook and sharp lyrics to boot.
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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Evanescence Delivers a Good Sophomore Effort November 7, 2006
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3 1/2 half years, and Ben Moody-less later, Evanescence delivers the follow up to their debut "Fallen." "The Open Door" sees the band adapting a few new sounds, but staying firmly rooted in the sound that brought them to worldwide fame. Amy Lee has always been Evanescence, but with Moody gone, she really takes over. She's definitely the driving force behind The Open Door, and that makes for a record that is her vision. At first I considered the Open Door a sophomore slump, as the first few times through there were only a handful of songs I liked, and none of them grabbed me like say Bring Me To Life, or My Immortal. But thankfully repeat listens did wonders for me and the album, and I now feel it is even better on an overall level then Fallen. The album has some misses, but it has mostly hits. I think it has somewhat of a subtle feel to it, in that the quality of many of the songs doesn't unravel until you give a lot of attention to them. Overall I think Evanescence delivers a solid sophomore set. If you like the band for Fallen, give this a chance and you shouldn't have much to complain about.

Song reviews:

1. Sweet Sacrifice-The best comes first. This is my favorite off of the Open Door. It was one of the only songs I immediately liked on first listen, and repeat listens just made it better. Catchy guitars, hooks, and melancholy lyrics add together to make one of the overall best songs the band has, not to mention a surefire future hit single. 10/10

2. Call Me When You're Sober-The first single, and a song that deals with Amy's ex boyfriend, Shaun Morgan of Seether, and his drug/alcohol problems. A decent song, but a FAR stretch from the first single off Fallen, Bring Me to Life. Something like Lithium or Sweet Sacrifice would have been much better first singles.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Incredible production, but not as good as FALLEN December 10, 2006
By Wuchak
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I picked THE OPEN DOOR up a couple of months ago and after quite a few listens am finally prepared to evaluate it.

First off, let me say that FALLEN isn't the masterpiece that many hail it as. It's a good female-fronted gothic-tinged new metal album with a few great tracks, but it's not as stellar as the hype suggests.

Evanescence subsequently lost their primary songwriter, Ben Moody, and I was curious how their new material would stand up to FALLEN.

WHAT WORKS: First of all, I think we all can agree that Amy Lee is one of the most beautiful women to ever walk the earth, and her voice is angelic.

Ben Moody's replacement, Terry Balsamo, is definitely a worthy proxy; a professional metal guitarist and song-writer in every sense.

The production is incredible -- crisp, clear and heavy; I'm not sure if I've ever heard a better SOUNDING recording.

The very first song, "Sweet Sacrifice," kicks some serious arse. This sole tune expertly obliterates any doubts concerning whether or not Evanescence could carry on without Moody.

One of the songs, "Lacrymosa," features full-on orchestration.

I really can't say there's a bad song on the (very long) album; it's, at least, enjoyable from beginning to end. Nothing makes me cringe, but I'm not compelled to listen to it repeatedly either.

WHAT DOESN'T WORK: As I see it, THE OPEN DOOR has the same problem that plagued FALLEN: the songs are simply too samey-sounding. Yes, the creative ideas abound and the instrumentation is plentiful, but the numbers are somehow too indistinguishable. On their next release they need to tweak the song-writing and production to make their tunes more distinguishable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 8 days ago by David G. Gerstner
5.0 out of 5 stars very nice she has a very beautiful voice wow
the best I wish the band are she were still a big deal now
Published 14 days ago by vadina blue
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
awesome CD. i am currently listening to the CD right now!!!
Published 18 days ago by Adria Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Amy Lee!!
Amy Lee is simply awesome.
Published 23 days ago by Tracy L. Judy
5.0 out of 5 stars One of their best CDs
If you are an Evanescence fan then you cannot go wrong with this album. I haven't heard any songs that I don't absolutely love. I highly recommend the album.
Published 27 days ago by K. Silvers
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
another great cd
Published 1 month ago by Max Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good music
Published 1 month ago by linda ciampa
5.0 out of 5 stars great
these guys have always been a favorite, and i love the songs here in this cd. what a beautiful voice, and such interesting lyrics
Published 3 months ago by julie damon
5.0 out of 5 stars To all those cd players that eat cds' na na...
I had this cd and put it in my husbands' player and it ate it! I couldn't get it back out for nothing! So of course I had to replace it. :P
Published 4 months ago by Pamela
5.0 out of 5 stars the open door cd reminds me of life!
Published 4 months ago by heavy75goth
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Can't wait for the next Evanescence album!!
Evanescence just posted the release date OFFICIALLY on their website!!!!
It comes out October 11, 2011 and a their first single comes out in September!!!
Jul 28, 2011 by Cici |  See all 3 posts
TRUTH of Mainstream albums
Goathorns is right about hard rock bands writing their own lyrics and music for the most part. It is pop music performers who, especially when they start out, record music given to them by the record companies. This is usually because pop singers are singers, but not musicians (and yes, I know... Read More
Oct 4, 2006 by gigi_in_la |  See all 11 posts
Evanescence is not goth!
I was listening to "goth" when you and Amy weren't born yet.
Jan 12, 2007 by Donald J. Lebo |  See all 20 posts
Like you--about Amy's sister?
yeah i believe this song is about her sister. i heard somewhere that she wrote a song about her sister for this album too. so i would think from the lyrics "i long to be like you, sis" that it would be this song.
Jul 30, 2007 by madison avenue |  See all 4 posts
2nd Disc!
If it's the Japanese Release it's the Album (which I assume it is since that was the only 2 disc edition) It comes with a Region 3 DVD that has the Call me When You're Sober video & the making of it with Japanese subtitles.
Aug 9, 2007 by Arianne Shean |  See all 2 posts
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