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2.0 out of 5 stars
Evanescence is dead. Whatta Pity!, 23 Oct 2011
Forget the "Fallen" and the "The Open Door" eras. If you loved them, this album will disappoint you. Amy said about it's title it was "very representative of what Evanescence are [nowadays]". But what are they nowadays? Where's Moody? Where are Gray, LeCompt, Boyd? What is Evanescence today, really?
Evanescence- the band we all have heard and got obsessed with, is dead. Only Amy is left and because of this, someone criticized "The Open Door" to be HERS, not a band's one. Well, probably it was, but was thousand times better than the noisy and monotonous 2011 band's album. In fact, as it bears the it's name, it just stands for what Evanescence is now: another group of people casually found together, which has NOTHING in common with what it was before. The spirit, its very soul has changed.
So there you go: those songs are a group of pieces of music casually put together. Or maybe not- it just seems to listen every time to a slightly alterated version of the same song.
"What You Want" has been described as being the perfect synthesis of it all. In fact, personally I had not few problem accepting it as "Evanescence"'s first single after 4 years of hyatus. But it passed through after several listenings, being acceptable. Anyway, if it didn't convinced you after the first 2 or 3 plays, maybe you are on your way: the album is right in THIS kind of mood, in THIS kind of sound and in THIS, generally. Don't expect to like it if the first single didn't match your musical flavor.
"My Heart Is Broken" is probably the only heavy-meatal driven song here which still gets something different, something of the "old" Evanescence. Probably it's Amy's voice, making some more vocal gymnastic, or few pop influences. You will like the chorus, it will stay safely locked up in the head.
Talking about Amy's voice, one thing to notice is that she had a strange involution. Though her vocals where described here as being "ethereal", the only thing you get after have listened to it in its wholeness is an irritating sense of "she's-been-screaming-her-lungs-out all the time". Lee's at her worst.
"Lost In Paradise" could have been one of the most beautiful ones, but the entering of the distorted guitars is awful, ruins it all down making it a song like another of this pitiful session; again the chorus should have had different arrangements. Despite what has been saied, it reminds very little of Björk `s "Jòga".
Talking about Björk, Lee said she was a big influence on this album. So where's this influence? There's no electro music here, the elder sound of Evanescence is gone (and it was probably the most Björk-ish thing in their work, just think about previous works like "Snow White Queen", "Tourniquet", "Like You" and even "Going Under") and except for "Swimming Home" and "Secret Door", where is this so-called influence? No way, she's probably mistaken.
"Swimming Home" is out of this album. It is totally different from the others, THIS one is ethereal, dreamy and catchy. But it's not an Evanescence song. It's an Amy's. That's probably why you will like it. 5 star out of 5.
"Secret Door", the most intimate, according to Lee, is a harp influenced song. Good, but gets a lack of something, probably more vocal arrangement.
About the other songs, personally I guess there's nothing to talk about: the biggest part of them all seem to be the same one with very little differencies. There's no "epic"thing, it's only noise and lame.
SUMMING UP: if you loved the former Evanescence albums, this one will break the circle, being all but innovative and original. I would define it an involution of the band, not an evolution nor a growth. Its sound is something common and banal, even emerging bands do it better.
You will get something really annoying and boring. Its recording history says it all: it has been only PUSHED forward, it didn't come up naturally, and all the predicted publishing dates were postponed several times. Lee herself stated that they were "in a very different creative space", only after a long "point of where I don't know what's coming next". She would have done better to work upon her solo album; probably it would have been less successful in terms of sales but more heartful and even catchyier. And then, at least, I think it won't sell to many copies- or won't attract past true fans for sure.
A mechanous and total "commercial" album, with lack of originality. 2 stars out of 5. The Deluxe edition's is only quite better because of the bonus Dvd, where Lee explains the meaning of the songs and the background. A little of improvement.
If you really want to listen to something interesting and more "Past Evanescence"-like, try take a look to "Tear The World Down", by We Are The Fallen, Moody's band with Carly Smithson's voice resembling Amy's- and a more mature and solid sound.Tear The World Down
Else, I'd advice "The Unforgiving", by dutch band Within Temptation: a real catchy, satisfying and well cared sound.The Unforgiving