Evanescence ?Falling? out The Open Door?

By: Athina May


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If you are a die- hard fan of Evanescence first album Fallen[1] and
you?re expecting the same quality music from their second album The
Open Door, I would not advise you to ‘open your door’ to rush out and
buy it. You are better off staying inside, holding onto the impression
stamped on you by their first album which can possibly be donned as
the beginning and the end of the soft goth Evanescence genre as we
know it.

The Open Door can probably be seen as metaphor for the bands
transformation into a different music genre, or an urge to their
Fallen fan base to be open minded about their transition in music
style. Lead singer Amy Lee has opted to stick to belting out lyrics
from her relationship diary which popularised album Fallen.

However due to a change in band members such as co- founder Ben Moody
[2]dropping Evanescence due to ?creative differences[3]? with Lee,
and being replaced by Terry Balsamo [4]on guitar; the different
approach in musical melody brought on by Balsamo can be picked up from
the very first song ?Sweet Sacrifice?. Balsamo?s credibility as
a guitarist is in no way in question. However his different guitar
technique is not complemented but rather drowned out by Lee?s vocals
which are beautiful but over powering.

Lee has not adapted her singing to the change in music style, so
unlike album Fallen in which the sombre music complemented the soft
goth genre of Lee?s singing, we are left with a confused mix sound
cocktail of light and dark which is evident in track 3 ?weight of the world?.
Heavy guitar chords? lightens the emotional content of Lee?s
songs. This product result is therefore more hard core and leaves one
grappling at finding a specific genre type for the album. It can
probably best be described as Pop goth.

Despite the bands change in genre which was much loved by fans of the
Fallen, the album does offer a few good listens such as ?Lithium? which is probably the only exceptional song on the album and then
there is the popularised ?Call me when you?re Sober?.

Emphasis on acoustic guitar can be heard in track 8 ?like you? which is a refreshing new twist to Evanescence. All round the album
itself is acceptable and would probably be a good buy for a different
target market or those tolerant of their change to Pop Goth music.

Link sourced: youtube

[1] http://
[2] http://- http://www.scribd.com/doc/3229274/History-of-Evanescence


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