After much success with their debut album, Evanescence returned with “The Open Door” amid skepticism that without founding member Ben Moody in the fray, the album could be a setup for disappointment among fans.
Nothing could be further from the truth, for “The Open Door” if anything, is more far reaching and versatile than the tight, no nonsense approach the debut album’s overall production had surrounding it. With their sophomore effort, even Lee’s poetic and powerful vocals seem to have found new boundaries to cross as instrumentally the album also finds new horizons to reach for. With progression like this, I can only imagine what the next studio release will be like.
Track 2 is “Call me when you’re sober” and has an awesome, driving guitar piece at the beginning of it, and coupled with Lee’s vocals seem to be a little more elongated and crooning at times which tells me right off the bat that the band seems to perhaps be breaking out of a shell of some sort. The backing vocals are done well also, giving the song a sweet combination of soothing vocals and driving guitars. Track four clocks in less than four minutes long but has a lot of staying power, as like the first album features some sweet piano parts that are backed by a haunting vocal effort by Lee. A Beautifully written song, “Lithium” is not one I will forget anytime soon. Track five is “Cloud Nine” and is crazy in the fact that at times, it sounds to me like an easy going, almost bluesy tune before implementing a ghostly, haunted house sound in the background. The band’s ability to change so much in sound within the structure of their songs and still deliver a talented performance in both vocals and instruments makes them much more than just a band of “teen angst” popularity. Track eight has a slow, somewhat ballad feel to it while track nine (Only One) is a track that showcases pretty much Lee’s beautiful voice and another nice piano opener before winding up to a grunge style guitar riff that helps finish out the song. 13 tracks in all, “The Open Door” is every bit a success for this band as their magnificent debut, and in some ways I must say I think I like it a little bit better. Strong Chorus, Melody, and varying changeups in Tempo and Rhythm are surrounded by a sometimes pensive, artful approach that overall makes “The Open Door” anything but a disappointment for this new fan.