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Worth buying for "My heart is broken"
on 31 January 2015
Truly awesome album; and where to start ? Evanescence's rich combination of metal with a veneer of classical piano and Amy Lee's wonderful voice seems to be improving with age; I remember after "Fallen" a friend said "yeah they're good by the need to mature a little". They have done that, and then some.
On this album, I think my favourites, almost diametric opposites musically, are "the change", and "My heart is broken". Very nice that they follow each other, kind of like "Tourniquet" and "Imaginary". And the effect is the same, "the change" is an angry, pacy track with a really outstanding, brooding bass guitar during the verses, and Amy really giving it some welly on the lyrics "I've been screaming on the inside and I know you feel the pain - can you hear me?", "yes it's over but I need you anyway".
And as the feedback from the last electric guitar riff dies away, in comes the gentle piano intro of "My heart is broken". Anger fades to sadness. Truly an anthem for everyone who's ever been hurt. A song of raw emotion and richness of sound that I've not heard since "Lithium". The last chorus literally reduced me to tears; just the piano and some strings, the line "My heart is *broken* - release me, I can't hold on"; the simple, almost childlike delivery of emotion in that line, like the final relinquishing of hope, the bass drum discretely fades in followed by a reprise of the guitars. To steal a quote from William Gibson, "pitch perfect and clear as ethanol".
And then, like a gift that keeps on giving, there is "lost in paradise". The first is a gentle, classical, introduction; very slow piano with Amy slowly building the emotional context. Then the the strings build in, it's pretty awesomely done, like s shot of good scotch it's warming without the burn... "all the promises I've made, just to let you down...". And then, it builds up to the punchline "and now, I'm lost in paradise" - when the electric guitars and drums kick in (with still the strings backing). And there is the burn. In that moment, perfect, distilled emotion.in audio format.