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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.
I'm not usually into Gothic-style anything, but I knew the moment I heard the incredible "Bring Me to Life" during "Daredevil" that this band is not your average "some guy screaming into a microphone while someone hits the same guitar lick 30 times" cookie-cutter hard rock effort that I'm so sick of.
Amy's voice is beautiful, and her ability to make it sound so different and heartbreakingly emotional is the obvious thing that sets Evanescence apart. Her voice is so powerful that she can believably overshadow the guitar on the intense songs -- and she does it without resorting to the mindless bellowing that some singers seem to think is the only way to sound "hard rock." She is equally adept at the wrenchingly beautiful ballads such as "My Immortal."
To top it off, the band writes its own songs, an increasing rarity in the music industry. What a breath of fresh air Evanescence is. When I heard this album the first time, it was like, "Ahhh...now *this* is music!"
In a nutshell, this band has a unique sound and does its own thing with the band members' own talent and sweat, and that is almost impossible to come by in the land of corporate-driven tunes that has come to dominate the industry. I don't care *how* Evanescence snuck in the door -- MORE!!