Friday, October 06, 2006

The Open Door












Evanescence
"The Open Door"

With Ben Moody leaving the band in 2003, I have heard speculations that Evanescence will fall apart. That they are nothing without his guitar playing. Well to clear the air, those who said that are dead wrong. Now if you told me that singer Amy Lee was leaving, then I would agree that they'd fall apart. In fact, if you listen to the new album The Open Door, you'll see how she carries this band. After their smashing debut Fallen, I wondered how they would do their next album. Would they change their style? Tone it down a little? No. They stayed with the style that made their first album work so well. Haunting melodies, piano ballads with a hard rock background, and Amy's hypnotizing voice soaring on each song makes this album work well. Evanescence has always been honest in their songs when dealing with life, love, self worth, faith, and doubt. And you'll find that this new album further explores those topics. From reading a little about the band, I found that Amy had just gone through a breakup. It shows on The Open Door how that experience shaped some of the songwriting. That kind of transparency connects the band with an audience that also deals with the pain in life while looking for hope. That's where Evanescence connects with listeners on a more intimate level. The Open Door is a great follow up to their debut album.

7 comments:

John Three Thirty said...

hey bro, not trying to hijack the music post, check this out:

http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/usworld/news-article.aspx?storyid=64454

Man, I only live about half an hour from there. I'm in metro Nashville, that's just a short jaunt down the Interstate.

I'm thinkin' I may drive down there and open up a can of Jesus "William Wallace" Christ whoop ass!

Maybe I can "suggest" some more real-to-life street names aout the faith. heh heh

bluesbaby said...

Hey just Got back from Point Beach. Man that place has changed. Too commercial, ugh!

John Three Thirty said...

dude, we been missin' ya

John Three Thirty said...

missin' you bro...

Snot said...

I may be the only one that disagrees... but "The Open Door" was a bit of a disappointment. Every song on the last album had this almost palpable drive behind it... and it is totally lacking on the new one. "Call me when your sober" and "Snow white queen" are the only songs on the album that had a little of that drive behind them. I don't know if it was Moody leaving or just a different phase in her life...but I miss the old Evanescence.

Anonymous said...

Where are you man?

Society's Elite said...

"Where are you man?"

Still breathing here in the magical land of New Jersey. Thanks for asking...

Just A LOT of new changes, like a new job, etc...

Until then, keep the stream of consciousness alive...