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  • While I’ll admit that I have one of the most eclectic CD collections of anyone I know (Live, Dave Matthews and Enya all live happily next to each other in one section of the rack), I’ve always steered clear of the stuff that usually gets lumped together with the “goth” stamp on it. So you’d think that a group like Evanescence wouldn’t have much of a chance of getting into the collection. However, what I’ve found here is nothing short of the most addicting sound I’ve run across in a long time. I expected a Linkin Park-style album with a bunch of tracks like “Bring Me To Life” – the catchy, albeit overplayed first single. What I found, though, was an album with more depth, emotion, and haunting sound than has hit rock in a long time. The first 3 tracks were as advertized: heavy, minor-chord, guitar-riff driven anthems with Amy Lee’s powerful voice soaring over the top of them. When I got to “My Immortal,” however, I had to pull the car over. I don’t know when the last time was that a song made YOU tear, but the unbelievably haunting and angelic sound of Amy and those strings struck a chord in me that I didn’t even know was there. Needless to say, I was hooked, and Fallen has been the shower music of choice every morning since. Ok ok, so the group is basically Moody, Lee, and a bunch of hired-gun studio musicians. And yes, the themes explored are dark, painful and at times almost disturbing. But prepackaged teen-angst it is not. What it IS, is an enchanting melodic ride through the more painful parts of life, centered around a voice that could sing the “Hokey Pokey” and give me chills. Or maybe I’m just a goth in a yuppie’s body after all…

    Posted on February 27, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I was pretty hyped to hear this album after they began playing “bring me to life” on the radio. What a great sound! I’ve heard it described as Linkin Park meets Tori Amos, and I guess that’s accurate, but I was a little disappointed to find that Paul McCoy, who does the guest vocals on “bring me to life”, is not featured on any of the other tracks. Also, the album is short, with only 11 songs total, and it left me wishing for a little more. However, I thought this cd was delightful! Amy Lee’s vocals are stunning, and definitely are the highlight of the band. Each song has somewhat of a gothic romanticism about it; lots of dreamy, almost nightmarish themes of dying, bleeding, taking my last breath, whispering, salvation, and of course, bringing me to life. The feeling is very consistant throughout the whole cd, although it may even be a little too repititous when you listen to the album from start to finish. The standout tracks are definitely “going under”, “bring me to life”, and especially “tourniquet”, which I thought was a little morbid overkill at first, but has really grown on me the more I hear it. Even the cd’s several piano ballads are nice to listen to! Overall, Fallen may not be hard enough for rap/metal or techno/industrial types, for whom it seems targeted, but it will surely be a mainstream hit. I would recommend this album to anyone who is thirsting for something refreshingly new in rock, having such contrasting, yet complimenting elements as heavy guitar rifts and beats, side by side with beautiful vocals and passionate lyrics.

    Posted on February 27, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Fallen rocks: it is swirling, cinematic, spiritual, monumental and a fitting debut for a band that will be making waves for years to come.Evanescence’s label, Wind-Up Records, seems to want to categorize them as something like Linkin Park meets Creed with the female singer twist. (Ignore the label-placed guest vocalist on the first single, “Bring Me To Life.”) But between Ben Moody’s wunderkind soundscapes and Amy Lee’s gorgeous vocals, Evanescence also deserves billing with more adult-oriented artists like Everything But The Girl, Garbage, U2, Sarah McLachlan, and Portishead. Indeed, if Fallen has a flaw, it is that it doesn’t foreground Evanescence’s incredible versatility. Still, there’s not a lot you can do to contain a band like Evanescence and their brilliance shines through even when their versatility does not.That said, I still expect Fallen to be a monumentally popular album and one of the best of the year. Because the production on the album is so polished and precise and the songs so tightly arranged and preformed, it is unlikely to receive the critical respect it should get because– and this is the ironic part– Ben Moody is too good at what he does. He sounds too much like the kind of guy who can only play whatever type of music he happens to be playing, because he plays them all so well and with impressive craftsmanship.This has not escaped Moody at all. He’s as cunning as he is brilliant. Evanescence’s 2002 Demo tapes, from which the bulk of Fallen’s 11 tracks are culled, were made as bait for record labels. Wind-Up Records saw a star in the making and took the bait with gusto– prominent placement on the Daredevil movie soundtrack, WWE pay-per-view events, TV commercials, music videos, and, ultimately, Fallen followed in relatively short order.But if Ben Moody is the dark wizard of Evanescence, crafting intoxicating waves of beats and rhythms, hidden beneath guitars and stacks and switchboards, than Amy Lee is their herald. Lee’s voice is the most striking thing about Evanescence and with good reason: it’s absolutely beautiful and her control over it is impressively mature. As with the album’s two piano ballads, “My Immortal” and “Hello”, a heart- wrenching tale of retreating into one’s own mind, Lee shows that she’s quite capable of carrying entire songs by herself. Yet she’s equally glorious complimenting Moody’s driving soundscapes, particularly on “Imaginary”, when she transitions seamlessly from singing to screaming while still maintaining control over the pitch and body of her voice. That said, Lee’s vocal range and strength are impressive but not flawless; sometimes she can’t quite get the notes for which she’s striving, but this works to the bands credit: Listening to Fallen one gets the impression that at all times they are playing and singing at full force, pouring their hearts and souls selflessly into every lyric and every note.And while the songs that comprise Fallen are, by and large, brilliant, the album itself is somewhat lacking. Its primary flaw is that it doesn’t do much to differentiate its songs sonically. Some tracks will tease the listener with electronic backbeats before switching gears back to the nu-metal guitars, only hinting at the versatility of which Evanescence is capable. And while the sonic consistency, gives the album a consistent feel, it doesn’t capitalize by telling a story with a beginning, middle, and end. There are many neat production tricks that are used to effect to segue seamlessly from one track to the next, but Fallen still feels more like a collection of songs than an album.Ultimately, listen to Fallen, particularly if you like bombastic, widescreen guitar rock, delicate ballads, or lush female vocals. If anything whets your appetite, dig deeper. Even now, there’s much more to Evanescence than the considerable treasures that Fallen offers.

    Posted on February 27, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I’ve tracked through this disc a bunch of times now – It just keeps getting better with each listen. It didn’t take long to realize “Fallen” was going to make its way into my rotation of discs I listen to a lot. I found myself anxiously waiting to hear what came next while listening to it, which rarely happens.Their music is hauntingly dark, and beautiful at the same time, and it does have its “rock” moments, thanks to some really nice guitar sounds. And I *love* Amy’s voice! The production is huge sounding; the songs are beautifully textured with keyboards, strings and layered back up vocals.This is not a ‘rap-metal’ band, if you’ve only heard the “Bring Me To Life” single. There’s a lot of depth to this group that you might not be expecting to hear … and a lot of interesting things going on. Definitely not a “throw on at a party” CD – But one that I find myself wanting to explore beginning to end, again and again.Besides the lead single, I really like “Tourniquet”, “Going Under”, “Haunted”, “My Immortal”, “Whisper” and “My Last Breath.” The rest of the songs are also very good … totally worth picking up, and hopefully an indication of more brilliance to come. Awesome stuff – a CD that’s worth your attention.

    Posted on February 27, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • I haven’t written a review in a very long time now, (Probably over a year) but I was inspired to share my opinion on a great new band that has some solid potential. Evanescence has, probably, one of the best overall sounds I’ve heard in a “new” band in quite a while. While the music does sound comparable to Linkin Park (who I also like) – The Vocals and overall feel of the album is something unique and exciting. I’ll do a quick breakdown of the songs:Going Under: One of the best songs on the album without a doubt. Surprising and interesting at every turn. Very Original. 5/5Bring Me To Life: The song most people know them by. Maybe a little over played on the radio, but a great song none-the-less. And the song that got me interested in them to begin with. 4.5/5Everybody’s Fool: A solid song that expands you a little deeper into the sound of the band. 4/5My Immortal: A haunting and beautiful song. Amy’s voice sends chills up my spine. 4.5/5Haunted: A great song. Dark and eerie, may incite thought and contemplation. 4.5/5Tourniquet: Awesome song. (Though the lyrics are a little on the strange side) Great Melody. 4/5Imaginary: This song has a great transfer from the previous song and is a solid effort as well. Both these songs together make for a great 8 minute excursion. 4/5Taking Over Me: Best Song on the Disc (in my opinion). Played this one over and over again. All around great melody, chorus and the music is outstanding. 5/5Hello: A little strange on this one, but another solid effort. Amy’s voice once again, shines on this one. 4/5My Last Breath: A Good song. Probably the “average song” of the record, if that makes any sense. 4/5Whisper: Now, surprisingly this was my least favorite song on the album. The end of the song is a little out there and while I like the music and the vocals, it seemed to lose me towards the end and seemed a little lacking in the melodies and lyrics. 3.5/5Overall, a solid 4/5. While I do see the validity of a comparison to Linkin Park and bands of the like, I must express that I feel this band still manages to have a unique sound that I really enjoyed. Simply, a breath of fresh air.

    Posted on February 26, 2010 - Permalink - Buy Now