Anywhere But Home

Anywhere But Home

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by Evanescence
     
 

While it might be a little early in their career for a live album, this CD/DVD set proves that Evanescence -- particularly singer Amy Lee -- are more than capable of delivering the goods in concert. Recorded live in Paris, Anywhere but Home reprises most of the band's multi-platinum album Fallen, but few of the selections areSee more details below

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While it might be a little early in their career for a live album, this CD/DVD set proves that Evanescence -- particularly singer Amy Lee -- are more than capable of delivering the goods in concert. Recorded live in Paris, Anywhere but Home reprises most of the band's multi-platinum album Fallen, but few of the selections are close-to-the-vest re-creations of the studio versions. Both "My Immortal" and "Bring Me to Life" are rendered in more anthemic form, thanks in large part to the swirling, energized grooves laid down by the rhythm section. "Breathe No More," on the other hand, emphasizes the haunting intensity of Lee's voice, a powerful instrument indeed. The disc does offer up a pair of previously unreleased songs that illustrate the dual personality within Evanescence: On "Missing," the band's Goth roots shine through in all their dark and stormy glory; a cover of Korn's "Thoughtless," on the other hand, nods to their ability to crank out capital-R rawk. The set's DVD contains all the concert footage, shot in a non-slick manner (all the better to capitalize on the show's energy), and an hour's worth of interviews and behind-the-scenes footage.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Anywhere but Home is a live chronicle of where Evanescence have been since the spring 2003 release and subsequent sextuple-platinum reign of their debut album, Fallen. Recorded at a tour stop in Paris, the set includes all their hits, as well as a previously unreleased studio track ("Missing"). While it's a fine holdover until the recording of a proper studio follow-up, Home also reasserts Amy Lee's position at Evanescence's center. Throughout the band's rise, there was the drama -- co-founder Ben Moody's contentious departure, the are-they-or-aren't-they Christian rock debates -- but there was always the singular force of Lee, whose powerful vocals, strident public persona, and striking fashion sense broke down the doors of the alternative metal boys club. Appropriately, Lee is the star of Anywhere but Home. Her voice has an impressively raw quality live, and her banter with the fawning Parisian crowd is always engaging. The mix also favors her (as well as the prominent use of keys/synthesizers), which unfortunately lessens the effect of John LeCompt and Terry Balsamo's guitars and Rocky Gray's impressive drumming. Still, "Going Under" surges nicely into its anthemic chorus, and when the guitars do show up (like on "Everybody's Fool"), Lee matches their power easily. She takes a softer approach for the arch piano ballad "My Immortal," which becomes a singalong moment for 5,000 souls, and that song leads nicely into an extended vocal intro for the breakthrough hit (and Home standout) "Bring Me to Life." (Evanescence's cover of Korn's "Thoughtless" will be another fan highlight.) The album closes, as does Fallen, with the swirling, vaguely Eastern-tinged metal melodies of "Whisper," and Lee's throaty vocal endures even as the synths and processed choir effects threaten to engulf her.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/23/2004
Label:
Bicycle Music Com.
UPC:
0601501310621
catalogNumber:
13106
Rank:
17435

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Evanescence   Primary Artist
Amy Lee   Vocals,Group Member
William Boyd   Bass,Group Member
Terry Balsamo   Guitar,Group Member
John LeCompt   Guitar,Group Member
Rocky Gray   Drums,Group Member

Technical Credits

Dave Fortman   Producer
Amy Lee   Executive Producer
Eddie Mapp   Engineer
Jeremy Parker   Engineer
Rafael Alcantara   Director,Videography
Hamish Hamilton   Concert Director
Ian Stewart   Executive Producer
Ed Sherman   Package Art Direction
David Hodges   Composer
Ben Moody   Composer
John LeCompt   Composer
Rocky Gray   Composer
Dennis Rider   Management
Joshua Swart   Engineer,Digital Editing
Amy Lee   Composer

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