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Evanescence - Fallen - Cd
The Daredevil soundtrack provided a nice boost for this previously unknown quartet from Little Rock, Arkansas. Evanescences 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 bands debut, alongside a selection of similarly brooding tracks that evoke pensive artists like Tori Amos and the Cranberries. Vocalist Amy Lee has the kind of voice that can cause weeks of insomnia, but on songs like "Tourniquet" and "Haunted" she belies the musics sinister mood with evenhanded spirituality, thoughtfully letting some light shine through the tempest. --Aidin Vaziri
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This is one of the top debut albums of its time. This is a 20 year old Amy Lee whose voice has filled out and gotten better through to the eve of an interesting concept, but by no means new formula, Synthesis and whatever their fourth full album will be called. Fresh, different, a home run by a group that had been in existence since 1995. My only nit pick is the rap singer from 12 Stones on the 2nd track, Wake Me Up. Evanescence was correct in holding out to prevent the suits at the record label from forcing them to hire a rapper for all of the songs. I'd love to know who these pinheads were. This one song is a begrudging compromise, the song sounds better without the rapper and the forced extra lyrics. It actually dates the original song to the early 2000's, in a negative way.
I like to listen to most of my favorite CD's with closed headphones. This CD is no different. The subtleties of Amy Lee's voice are unlike most other singers, It's not so much what she does during the formal lyrics, it's what she does approaching a song, the flourishes within and at the finish. Although her voice does not reach full potential on this album, you can just project where it might go and then it does on later work. For most of us here, this album was fresh new and goes in a different direction. Ben Moody was top form for his contributions (I'll avoid any discussion about his leaving, what is done is done and to spend anymore time that that on it is a distraction.)
The staying power of this band, even after long absence, is a testament to how this work and those CD's to come speak to and move maybe roughly 75% of who has ever listened to it. Now, that could be a definition of "pop" music. The term has taken on an air of negativity. It is popular music. Music can be popular with out being the latest gimmick or something by some one trick pony.
Venture out and sample. It's a safe bet that you just might be that ~75% of listeners who enjoy this album to the point of singing every word at live concerts, even when the songs are not in your native tongue. There is a lot of detritus in music out there. This is not In that category by a long shot.
Also, if you are a superfan, check out the whole discography that was released. It is a bit pricey but it comes with a ton of content, including this album.
Amy Lee's vocals is very powerful. Her voice stands out, yet blend perfectly with the instruments. It's not like a typical pop/rock band where everyone tries to compete with each other and all the impression we get is the typical teen angst. With Evanescence you feel the energy going in one direction.
"Going Under", is a very clever first track to introduce the band. They slowly introduce everyone starting with Lee's voice and guitar, followed by drums, keyboard, etc. until everyone starts to jam together - all within 25 seconds. Check it out and see how the instruments slowly piece together within that time.
"Bring Me To Life" will always be the most powerful song. It's the reason why I bought the disc, but definitely the only song worth listening to. You think it's a slow song because of the piano intro and slow vocals until the drum kicks in and background vocals shout "wake me up!".
"Everybody's Fool" follows the rocking mood.
Then "My Immortal" slows things with a haunting violin in the background. "Haunted" will bring the pace back up, with "Tourniquet" kicking things in full gear. Of note in this track are the drums and guitar. As the song ends "Imaginary" takes over, with no pause between tracks.
If you think you're in for a slow ride, "Taking Over Me" will continue the rocking pace. It's "Hello" that gives us a moment to pause. Piano, vocals and violin - that's it.
"My Last Breath" brings the whole band back. It's like the last song until they give out one more encore song "Whisper". Definitely not a quiet track. A good ending that leaves you wanting more.
My suggestion, leave the disc in the player and set to "repeat all". Make sure you have good speakers or audiophile headphones to appreciate the hi fidelity of the instruments and vocals. Enjoy.