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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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Goth-metal? Could be. There is an electric guitar dominated goth-metal edge to much of the music on Fallen, but powerful piano ballads carry significant weight here, too. Call the music of Evanescence what you want, but it's Amy Lee, with her captivating vocal expressions, that is the main attraction here. She sings with such emotional depth and acuity, that her credibility seems beyond reproach. Every word is meaningful, and every sentiment plausible. She's more than convincing when she pleads to God in Tourniquet:
Will you be on the other side
Or will you forget me?
I'm dying praying bleeding and screaming,
Am I too lost to be saved?
Am I too lost?
With song titles like Going Under, Bring Me To Life, Haunted, Taking Over Me and My Last Breath, the distance between salvation and the abyss is short, and the emotional crisis critical. Sometimes Fallen is an impetuous tempest of turbulent passion, and sometimes it is a fragile, grieving cry. But it is always profoundly intense, and always extremely emotional. And consummately unforgetable.
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.