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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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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.
As someone else pointed out, the first few songs are the best, but as you listen through the cd a few times, you start to enjoy the other songs just as much, because it furthers the experience. At this price you are paying less than $1 per son, it's worth it!
Some of the best songs on the cd include...
My Immortal, Going Under, Tourniquet, My Last Breath, and Haunted.
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.
"Fallen" is terrific: fat high-distortion chords in familiar progressions on electric guitar, sometimes backed by a wonderful choir, and led by full power female vocals that soar. The rhythms are familiar to alternative and hard rock fans, with variations that catch and please you. It's fabulous to immerse into this music -- and study the lyrics to divine their subtle meanings ...
One thing I liked: the electric bass is, for the most part, *not* loaded with distortion ... and thus stands apart with its own creative musical line, giving the songs just a little less of the heavy effect. Also nice is the piano that wanders in and out of songs with seemingly improvised figures, just under the surface.
Someone pointed out that "Fallen" contains songs that are similar or repetitive, in instrumentation, rhythms, effects, vocal lines, and lyrical themes. At first I was inclined to agree ... though I remained quite willing to rock out repetitively :-)
It occurred to me, however, that the CD is not a collection of "songs" -- it is a *suite* -- and when understood that way, the common elements interconnect the pieces, just as do the repeating themes and structures in any of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos, Handel's Water Music, or nearly any of Vivaldi's popular works.
So, that point having been established, I feel entirely justified to
TURN IT UP LOUD !
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dynamics are crushed.
the sound is lifeless.
get the eu pressing.