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.