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Review – Evanescence "The Open Door" (2006) July 19, 2008

Posted by rawkfistmusic in 2006, Evanescence.
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Written by Jake


When Evanescence dropped their first commercial album, Fallen, I was but a wee boy just recently getting into the whole music scene. I bought the album and ate it all up, quickly and eagerly anticipating the next CD by this new, ridiculously cool band fronted by Amy Lee and Ben Moody (now replaced by John LeCompt).

I waited 3 long, cold, dark years and it finally happened. The Open Door dropped and I just had to have it. I ran to the store, smiling broadly, bought the opus and promptly played it on my return home. I had set myself up for disaster once more.

The Open Door in itself is classic Evanescence. Dark, moody lyrics with Lee’s unmatchable, haunting voice and LeCompt’s grinding, grungesque riffs. Each song is separate in its own right and could hold its own on the charts as a single.

This is also, unfortunately, The Open Door‘s major drawback. It is SO MUCH like Evanescence that it lets you down. It’s they took tracks from Fallen that didn’t quite make the cut and just slapped together this piece of thundering awakening.

“Call Me When You’re Sober”, the first single off the record, brought Evanescence back to the masses with epic applause. It captured what was remembered and built upon that, leading the listener on like a coy temptress. The world couldn’t get enough, but they were soon appeased.

“Call Me When You’re Sober” isn’t the only good song on the record, there are a few others, but there is no real flow. It’s not exactly eplileptic rambling, but it’s not The Rising Tied either. Like stated earlier, it seems that they just copy-pasted some old tracks they had lying around.

It is easy to get sidetracked while listening to the record, as it doesn’t hold one’s attention very well. Personally it is used for background music if I’m not in the mood for anything else. This sidetracking issue presents the unusual occurrence that if you’re listening to the album all the way through, the tracks begin to seam together in a very innocuous way. You don’t notice it, and in fact you can zone out during, say, “Cloud Nine” and come back to earth during “Lacrymosa” and feel like you haven’t missed a thing.

You may think this a good thing, citing that it draws you into the album more, but I would retort with the fact that you just skipped one of the coolest songs on this millimeter thick piece of plastic, a song by the name of “Snow White Queen”.

The Open Door is not a terrible CD. It is also not a great CD. It has its highs and lows, and is possibly worth purchasing if you’re a die-hard Evanescence fan. Hell, even if you liked Fallen and you see this CD in a bargain bin somewhere for $2, go ahead and buy it. It helps pass the time.

But if you’re just getting into Lee’s angelic vocals and the lyrics that will give you crack-addicted dreams at night, then search around for Fallen, or even their demo, Origin. It’ll do you much better.

7 out of 10

Download this – “Snow White Queen”

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