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The Open Door

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wind-Up
  • ASIN: B000FTWB7G
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
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Evanescence ~ Open Door

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This isn't Fallen; there it's been said, it's over with. It's remarkable how the two most frequent comments I hear about The Open Door is that 'it sounds the same as everything else' and 'it's not as good as their other album'. Well that doesn't make any sense, if it sounds the same then it should be just as good; but the fact of the matter is that it does not sound the same. You have Amy Lee's voice, true, but I don't perceive that as a bad thing at all. The haunting gothic sound to Evanescence is enhanced in The Open Door, not only through the lyrics, but through the music and even the album art as well.

This album is beautiful in itself, a complete masterpiece. If you want mainstream rock listen to Fallen by all means; it too was a great album, but the style of The Open Door completely deviates from that and opens into a style all its own. It's easy to fall in love with the tracks on this piece if you can accept them for what they are without attempting to mold them to fit Evanescence's older material.

Interestingly enough, I'm still not a terrible fan of the first single 'Call Me When You're Sober' ... it's got Amy Lee's voice, but not the soul that normally goes into the lyrics. This was mended for me by tracks like Sweet Sacrifice, Lithium, and Lacrymosa; beautifully composed and well thought out. And regardless of anything else that can be said of the album, it definitely has a haunting quality. For me this was punctuated and accentuated by the track entitled 'The Only One'; a masterfully compiled piece that sent chills down my spine. My favorite track, 'All That I'm Living For' is beautiful beyond words and I find that you can only appreciate it by listening to it; attempting to confine it to the written word just doesn't do it justice.
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well when i say the open door speaks for itself, i mean they found a new door, a new way of doing their music, yes definitely unique and different than their other cd, which i definitely like now, but i thought the same thing with fallen, so i know that this is definitely a good cd, i listened to it alot of times now, each time it gets better, especialy the screaming passionate choruses. and i am especialy interested in the song all that i am living for, its definitely the song of this cd, meaning it talks about an open door on it also. and about a new begining, a self willing moving ahead, and its also ironic, as when the first one came out, i was in the state of mind of the whole essense of that cd and the same for this one. i'm not saying anyone is better than the other, on the last cd i listened to a few, because those were the ones woth the passion behind them,, but on this one, the songs are very different and have unique passion on them, but they blend very well together too. but this cd i use with faith, i listen to it everytime i need a boost, and each time i listen to it, i feel the pasion in it, more and more, its truely wonderful and i see that each and every single time too.
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I believe the first four tracks are all singles, just as on the first album, but that does not take anything away from the rest of the album. From "Sweet Sacrifice" to "Good Enough," I've listenend to this album twice and each time I listened to it, each song got better!

"Sweet Sacrifice" is an excellent album opener complete with the intensity that Amy Lee's music tends to bring. "Call Me When You're Sober" is an amazing 1st single with a killer bass line by Will Boyd...this song is about a break-up, along with most of the songs off the album.

"Weight of the World" would make a great 4th single ( a-la "Everybody's Fool" ). Unlike first speculated, "Lithium" is not a Nirvana cover BUT it is the new "My Immortal"...a ballad to be proud of. The only song that consists of just Amy and a piano is the closing track, "Good Enough."

Other notables include "Snow White Queen," "Like You," "Lose Control," and "All That I'm Living For." But, as I said, this is an album...just as good as (or maybe even better than) "Fallen!"
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How do you follow up an album that spent a year on the Billboard charts? If you're Amy Lee and Evanescence, you get over the blues of having lost band member Ben Moody, and get right back to work on another great album, even if it takes more than three years to get the job done.

Backing off from mainstream rock, this album embraces the darker side, with lots of the trademark strings and haunting vocals that fueled the popularity of "Fallen". The first single "Call Me When You're Sober" is one track that seems to be geared towards radio and video play, and boy, does it get played. The second single "Lithium" is a melancholy lament to a broken heart, and was reportedly inspired by an ex-boyfriend. When Lee sings "come to bed, don't make me sleep alone / couldn't hide the emptiness you let it show" you can also feel her pain.

Other tracks to note are "Sweet Sacrifice", although it ends abruptly just as you're getting into it; "Weight of the World", a possible single; "Cloud Nine" and "All That I'm Living For". The Millennium Choir again provides powerful back-up, and several tracks could easily pass for soundtrack music, especially "Good Enough".

Music fans looking for more mainstream tracks like the first single may be a little disappointed, but this isn't that kind of album. "The Open Door" is another powerful and emotional album, and although only time will tell if it can repeat the success of "Fallen", it's sure to be a hit with most Evanescence fans.

Amanda Richards
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