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Tear the World Down
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2010 debut album from this band featuring former members of Evanescence joined by American Idol vocalist Carly Smithson. The formidable five-some is comprised of the original members of multi-platinum trailblazing band Evanescence, guitarists Ben Moody and John LeCompt along with drummer Rocky Gray, joined by breakout American Idol finalist Carly Smithson on vocals. Acclaimed bassist Marty O'Brien (Disturbed and Static-X, among others) rounds out We Are The Fallen's unique sound.
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I wouldn't compare them to Evanescence directly but if you like that type of music and can actually listen to this album with an open mind I think you'll like what you hear.
Pour ceux qui s'ennuient de l'ancien Evanescence!
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Secondly, I loved "Fallen," it was a brilliant album, but Evanescence is growing in a different direction, and if I give "We Are The Fallen," a chance, I can have the best of both worlds. Ben's sound with WATF and Amy's lyrics and voice with Evanescence.
Finally, it's about the music. If the music is good, then listen to it. This album carries on the sound that was introduced to the world with "Fallen," but into a new decade, with a new singer, and attitude. I think WATF has a lot of potential, and "Tear The World Down," is a good start and worth the money.
Subtle differences between the two? Creative evolution? Sure, there's some of that, but really, listen to the sound clips, and essentially you hear "Evanescence Part Two." The good news is that if you adore the old "Fallen" sound, and if you're not holding an artistic grudge against the Ben Moody/Amy Lee split (of which I know no details, so I can't comment), you're going to enjoy this album. This is not just hard rock, but the hard rock that Ben Moody makes beautiful, magnified by strings and softened by piano. The lyrics haven't changed much, either, still dramatizing the darker side of relationships ("The nightmares I find here/All my tears pull me through hell again," "When the moonlight sings the darkness brings me back to die with you," etc.). Eh, whatever. I always listened to them for their music, anyway.
The one real drawback for me is something I almost hate to say, but here it is: Carly Smithson is not Amy Lee. I don't dislike her voice; in fact, she's quite good. But her style feels like an attempt to *be* Amy, so of course she falls short just as anyone else would. (Particularly, Carly's highest notes sometimes sound a bit shrill, more hollered than belted.) Even when striving to emulate someone else, though, her talent shines through. I hope that, in the future, she will emerge with her own vocal identity.
Personal favorite moments: the sweetly loyal, power-ballad-esque "I Will Stay," the pop-style percussion in the verses of "Without You," the lovely strings-laden outro of "Bury Me Alive," and the simplicity and tender vocal harmonies of "Sleep Well, My Angel." Personal creepiest moment: the perfectly rendered, chaotic mood of "St. John."
All in all, if you're an Evanescence fan and know what you're buying, you won't be disappointed. Probably a more accurate band name would be Still Fallen. This "new" band of Ben Moody's doesn't sound all that new, but I liked the old band just fine, so I have no trouble enjoying "Tear The World Down."
I highly recommend this to anyone, as it's probably one of my favorite albums ever. By the entire album as well, not just a few songs.
A lot has already been said about this album, and a lot of the criticisms are, in my opinion, very unfair. Sure, the title is a bit of a jab at Evanescence, but perhaps it's deserved. Whatever they were trying to say about Evanescence is AT LEAST backed up by a more mature, well-composed, longer-lasting and far better album than anything from Evanescence. This is certainly Moody's best work, and he has found members that better fit the style he wanted previously.
Since people are so insistent on comparing artists to one another, I suppose I'll do the same. THIS band... sounds far more like Within Temptation than Evanescence. Yes, I know, Carly Smithson and Sharon Den Adel sound nothing alike, but look past that. The music behind the singing in Tear the World Down isn't just background noise like it was in Evanescence. It's more demanding, less repetitive and much more unique. Not only that, the instrumentation actually shines as the main attraction of the title track, "Tear the World Down" , which is the last and easily the strongest song on the album. The rest of the album could do with a bit more variety, but individually, they are all good, so the album is truly without filler or duds, which were undermining Evanescence and Moody's credibility as decent songwriters in the past. The split was needed, the drama... not so much.
I really look forward to the next album, and hopefully all of the drama will subside because it really bothers me that people will shun the obviously superior music just because of a little disagreement in the past... But it also would have been nice if the band members didn't keep the drama alive by choosing such a faux pas for a name. Oh well...