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This album, named after the band, can be understood as a hommage to the new unity and creative job sharing. At the same time it is the hardest, most experimental and fun output by Amy and friends. This sounds contradictory, but it is not: It represents the desire for musical expression, discovering new borders and approaches and combining that with having a great time. The best example for this unusual and ambitious attempt is the first single ""What You Want"", which also contains the meaningful line ""Hello, hello. Remember me? I'm everything you can't control."", setting the tone for the rest of the album. It is a symbiosis of classic and rock. Sharp stakkato riffs, piano, harp, strings and shimmering electronics. But also great melodrama, deeply romantic emotions and great euphoria. The album "Evanescence" is successfully walking the border between different genres. It is a great attempt to preserve ones personality while going new ways.
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Tracklist - Evanescence
- 1.What You Want
- 2.Made Of Stone
- 3.The Change
- 4.My Heart Is Broken
- 5.The Other Side
- 6.Erase This
- 7.Lost In Paradise
- 9.The End Of The Dream
- 11.Never Go Back
- 12.Swimming Home
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After hearing that Evanescence were back in the studio after 5 years, I was pretty darn excited! And what they delivered was definitely not disappointing!
This record is heavier than the previous two albums, focusing more on the live elements with the guitars, bass, drums and piano. They have definitely kept in the orchestral elements too which keep Evanescence to their core whilst also experimenting a bit.
The reason I gave 4 stars? There is no choir on the whole album, not even on the 4 extra tracks in the deluxe edition. This was a bit disappointing as I LOVED how they used the choir in with their sounds. I hope they bring it back in their next record.
The way the album ended is very similar to The Open Door. Swimming Home is a more soft, electronic sound about being at peace, which Good Enough was like for The Open Door. Also on the deluxe Edition the last of the tracks, Secret Door, is a soft song using primarily the harp and orchestra. Overall still a great Evanescence record and definitely recommend to check out!
Favourite tracks: Made of Stone, The Change, My Heart Is Broken, Sick, Never Go Back, New Way To Bleed, Disappear.
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