The Open Door

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The Open Door

Release date: 10/03/2006

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Track Listings

1. Listen Sweet Sacrifice
2. Listen Call Me When You're Sober
3. Listen Weight Of The World
4. Listen Lithium
5. Listen Cloud Nine
6. Listen Snow White Queen
7. Listen Lacrymosa
8. Listen Like You
9. Listen Lose Control
10. Listen Only One
11. Listen Your Star
12. Listen All That I'm Living For
13. Listen Good Enough

About the Album

It seems like a minor miracle that Evanescence released their second album at all, given the behind-the-scenes toil and trouble that surrounded the aftermath of their 2003 debut, Fallen, turning into an unexpected blockbuster. Actually, so much drama followed Evanescence that it's hardly the same band anymore. Certainly, pivotal songwriter/guitarist Ben Moody is no longer with the band, leaving not long after Fallen had become an international success, and sometime after that, they lost their bassist -- leaving behind Amy Lee as the indisputable leader of the band. She always was the face, voice, and spirit of the band anyway -- dominating so that it often seemed that she was named Evanescence and not fronting a band called that -- but by the time the group finally released their long-awaited second album, The Open Door, in October 2006, there was no question that it was her band, and she has learned well from the success of Fallen. Pushed to the background are the Tori-isms that constituted a good chunk of the debut -- they're saved for the brooding affirmation of a closer, "Good Enough," and the churning "Lithium," which most certainly is not a cover of Nirvana's classic (that song never mentioned its title, this repeats it incessantly) -- and in their place is the epic gothic rock (not quite the same thing as goth rock, mind you) that made Lee rock's leading witchy woman of the new millennium. And she doesn't hesitate to dig into the turmoil surrounding the band, since this truly is all about her -- she may artfully avoid the ugliness surrounding the lawsuit against her manager, whom she's alleged of sexual harassment, but she takes a few swipes against Moody, while hitting her semi-famous ex, Shaun Morgan of Seether, directly with "Call Me When You're Sober," as blunt a dismissal as they come. To hear her tell it, she not only doesn't need anybody, she's better on her own. Yet artists aren't always the best judge of their own work, and Lee could use somebody to help sculpt her sound into songs, the way she did when Moody was around. Not that she's flailing about necessarily -- "Call Me When You're Sober" not only has structure, it has hooks and momentum -- but far too often, The Open Door is a muddle of affections. Sonically, however, it captures the Evanescence mythos better and more consistently than the first album -- after all, Lee now has no apologies of being the thinking man's nu-metal chick, now that she's a star. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide
Artist: Evanescence
Studio Label: CD
Edited: No
Format: CD
Enhanced: No
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date:
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.18
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 0.4 x 4.25 x 5.25
UPC: 0060150131202

Customer Product Reviews

Rated 4.7 out of 5★ by 9reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Favorite CD By Them So Far Well when Evanescence released their first single I was very impressed with the sound and Amy Lee's voice, when I bought the Fallen CD I loved it, every song tells a powerful, deep, depressing story. I love Amy Lee and her powerful voice. Especially in this CD, her vocal chords have gotten stronger and more powerful, as well as her lyrics, and composing. I love everything with Evanescence. I hope that their next CD will be good. But this is my favorite CD by them so far. 03/13/2008
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Very nice. I purchased this from wal-mart.com and it was a terrific cd. I have been looking for this cd for quite some time and I really appreciated the sound quality of the music. The price was very attractive. 03/31/2010
Rated 5 out of 5★ by I love this CD! Awesome price for an awesome Cd! Music is great I have not stopped listening to it scince I got it!!! GET IT!! You wont be sorry! 01/25/2008
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