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The Open Door

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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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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 1, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: The Bicycle Music Company
  • ASIN: B000FTWB7G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 592 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,723 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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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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To start with, this is not a carbon copy of Fallen. Not by a long shot. The departure of Ben Moody left a huge mark on this band, and they are better for it. Amy Lee is now much more free and able to be more creative. The songs on this album are richer, more vibrant, more emotional, and simply better than the ones on Fallen (and all of Evanescence's pre-Fallen material as well). Everything this band does seems to be better than their previous efforts.

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Sweet Sacrifice - Amy Lee has declared that this will be the third single from the album. This is a scathing, guitar-driven song that opens the door with a bang. Terry Balsamo, Ben Moody's replacement, immediately makes his presence (and superiority to Moody) known.

Call Me When You're Sober - the lead single from the album. This was a great choice as the first single from this CD because it is something of a bridge between the band's sound on Fallen and their sound on The Open Door.

Weight of the World - another crunching anthem in which Amy Lee's angelic voice carries the lyrics over the guitars as if they are floating.

Lithium - the second single from the album. It has a very atmospheric and cool video with lyrics that are the pinncale of what it means to be Evanescence - laced with sadness and misery, yet at the same time hopeful and carrying a positive message. Nobody can pull this off the way Amy Lee does.

Cloud Nine - rather than having the vocals and guitars seem to be trying to outduel each other as the focal point of the song, this track allows one to take the lead for a while then shifts to the other.

Snow White Queen - Amy Lee loves the story of Snow White.
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