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Open Door

The Open Door

4.5 116
by Evanescence
When co-founder Ben Moody left Evanescence, conventional wisdom suggested that Amy Lee would push the band full-force into the pop mainstream by stripping away the torrential riffs that propelled many of the darker songs on the band's breakthrough, Fallen. Well, as so often happens, conventional wisdom comes up empty on The Open Door,


When co-founder Ben Moody left Evanescence, conventional wisdom suggested that Amy Lee would push the band full-force into the pop mainstream by stripping away the torrential riffs that propelled many of the darker songs on the band's breakthrough, Fallen. Well, as so often happens, conventional wisdom comes up empty on The Open Door, a disc that -- while not as focused on the primal as its predecessor -- packs every bit as much punch both sonically and emotionally. Those elements dovetail brilliantly on "Call Me When You're Sober," an acerbic rocker that finds Lee reluctantly but firmly calling an end to a relationship that's grown too destructive to maintain. With the help of new guitarist Terry Balsamo -- who shines particularly brightly on "Sweet Sacrifice," which interpolates a "Kashmir"-like riff with hypnotic effectiveness -- she takes Evanescence in a direction that's even more darkly compelling and far more multi-dimensional. Lee pushes the envelope in terms of song structure on several of The Open Door's tracks, from the eerie jungle construction that underpins the insistently pulsing "Snow White Queen -- a cautionary tale of an obsessive stalker -- to the massed choral chants that push her along on the woozy "Lacrymosa." So while it might not bear as many instant mosh pit hits as one might expect, The Open Door offers -- as befits its title -- something truly intriguing to those willing to cross its threshold with an open mind.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Evanescence   Primary Artist
Simon James   Concert Master
Amy Lee   Vocals,Group Member
Darryl Phinnessee   Choir, Chorus
Alyssa Campbell   Choir, Chorus
Mary Gaffney   Choir, Chorus
Joanne Paratore   Choir, Chorus
Millennium Choir   Choir, Chorus
Dwight Stone   Choir, Chorus
Terry Balsamo   Guitar,Group Member
Seattlemusic Group   Group
Susan Youngblood   Choir, Chorus
John LeCompt   Guitar,Group Member
Rocky Gray   Drums,Group Member
Tamara Berard   Choir, Chorus
Melanie Bruno   Choir, Chorus
Marcella Carmona   Choir, Chorus
Kevin Dalbey   Choir, Chorus
Carrie Lee   Background Vocals
Tania Themmen   Choir, Chorus
Talaya Trigueros   Choir, Chorus
Lisa Wall Urgero   Choir, Chorus
John LaCompt   Guitar
Will Boyd   Bass,Bass Guitar,Group Member
Amy Lee   Piano,Vocals

Technical Credits

David Campbell   Orchestral Arrangements
Dave Fortman   Producer,Audio Production
Bon Harris   Programming
Gail Marowitz   Art Direction
Jeremy Parker   Engineer
Terry Balsamo   Composer
Andrew Lurie   Management
John LeCompt   Composer,Programming
Rory Faciane   Drum Technician
Amy Lee   Composer,Programming,Choir Arrangement

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The Open Door 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 115 reviews.
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Night-Girl More than 1 year ago
LOVED LOVED LOVED!!!! Loved it--every song!!
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i dont like these songs at all. their older stuff was better but i dont like evanescence anyway.she look like a wannabe goth person but she has a strong voice, thats the only good thing i can say about this band.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a small disappointment in terms of a long awaited follow up album to Fallen (Evanescence's Debut CD). But there are some songs on The Open Door that are absolutely incredible. Sweet Sacrifice, Weight of the World, and of course, Call Me When You're Sober are incredible tracks. There are a few other really good tracks on this album, but then again there are a few that sound very similar and feature Amy singing through a megaphone, which doesn't even begin to show her true talent. In the end, if you're an Evanescence fan, go buy the album, but if you haven't heard Fallen, don't base thier talent on this album alone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Evanescences second studio album The Open Door opens with the strong, hard hitting rock song Sweet Sacrifice which signals the end of Fallens theme of vulnerability and begins TODs theme of empowerment. This crisp introduction proceeds into first single Call Me When Youre Sober with its chugging riffs and blunt lyrics reflecting Amy Lees new found strength. Contrasting these two epic rock efforts are the three ballads of the album. The tense, mournful Like You explores Amys longing desire to be with a lost loved one and gives a glimpse of weakness which is also apparent in the melodic, self-doubt filled Lithium. This uncertainty is ultimately eclipsed by happiness though in last track Good Enough which captivates via its potent combination of piano graced with Lees stunning vocals. The albums beautiful centerpiece Lacrymosa is a magnificent metal adaptation of a part of Mozarts Requiem. Amy Lees delicate voice entwined with a string orchestra result in the best song of the album and possibly of Evanescence to date. The pulsating eastern motif filled rock track Weight of the World delivers a fresh sound by the band whilst the resonating Your Star depicts loneliness with its slow, solemn intro and intricate guitar playing. The two heaviest tracks on TOD are the chilling Cloud Nine with its constant studio effects and the spiritual The Only One which has a thumping backdrop and inspiring lyrics. Snow White Queen is an enchantingly gothic song which delves into both a victim and stalkers mind. This track is brilliantly disorganized and reminds me of Haunted with its pure darkness. This darkness becomes even more sinister in Lose Control which has wonderful guitar riffs and delightful metaphors. Lees severely distorted vocals result in this being the most unique track of the album. Finally we have John LeCompts contribution in All That Im Living For, a pleasing but predictable song which lacks the albums endearing quality of adventure and experimentation. Overall a brave and beautiful sophomore effort by Evanescence which gives you an insight into Amy Lees world. B+
Guest More than 1 year ago
omg this is the best CD of the century, other than kelly clarkson (i'm a poly-music-listener)(lol) well i totally give this CD a 5 if you're into that weird yet laid back and relaxing rock music. it really does relax you!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Evanescence!!! There 2 cd's are fantastic!! If someone made me choose though between the 2, I think I would have the open door having a very, very slight edge over Fallen, but not by much. The reason why is because she's not afraid anymore of the person she is writing about, instead of being scared. They both rock though!!! Evanescence 4 life!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
With her haunting voice, Amy Lee does it again with the new follow-up album "The Open Door". The unique music is comepletely different from their previous album "Fallen".
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have waited three years for this album. It wasn't what I expected or had in mind.. it was even better! Amy Lee succeeded in creating a new style that is darker and way more diverse than the other albums. In "Lacrymosa" alone, the music jumps from classical to rock, it's really amazing! And Amy Lee's voice.. Wow! She has always managed to charm me by its uniqueness, and that shows the most in "Sweet Sacrifice". Moreover, the lyrics are really great and direct, no metaphores like in "Fallen" which shows real growth! I love you Evanescence :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that this CD is amazing! It's definitely worth buying. I love the use of all the beautiful, different instruments in it!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Evanescences second studio album The Open Door boldly breaks free of Fallens constraints and delves deeper into very dark, obscure corners. The innovative fusion of metal with classical resonates throughout this masterful record, particularly in the Mozart inspired Lacrymosa. The bands inevitable maturity since Fallen is displayed via complex melodies and intricate guitar playing, both of which are abundant in Your Star and Lose Control. Lees ethereal vocals fracture through the albums gloomy shell with intense expression. This is defined in the self doubt filled ballad Lithium. Evanescences new record will appeal to a more specific audience, separating the quality from the quantity. B+
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this album. I have had the priviledge to listen to the entire album through AOL (a few times actually) and I adore this album. I definitely think that they have refined and improved their sound and are hitting all the right notes with this album. There are amazing songs on this album like: Lacrymosa, Lithium, Snow White Queen, Like You...these are just some of the songs that are so emotionally deep they might just bring you to tears. This album is what music and musical artistry is all about. This is timeless music that you can listen to in twenty years. I also love the fact that the songs are complex and don't ape the pop sounds of other contemporary music. It takes you a few listens to get used to the sound and understanding some of the meanings, but the music just becomes more and more beautiful and spiritually satisfying the more you listen to it. I would recommend this album to any music lover who appreciates true artists and people who stay true to their music. Finally, Amy Lee has one of the most beautiful and talented voices I have ever heard. The music on its own is amazing, but her voice gives the music so much feeling and definition, I can only describe this album as being OUTSTANDING!!! Her voice definitely transcends meaning and allows the music to go into pure emotion and feeling...so much so that some tracks make me break out in goosebumps. This album is a definite must to any music lovers collection!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This band can do no wrong. Amy has an amazing voice which sounds even better live.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I own every cd evanescence has done (even origin) and I love this cd. Amy Lee came out strong. Her songs are deeply personalized and emotive. I really don't understand why some of these people are saying negative things. If you are an Evanescence fan, you will love this cd. It's original, and it's a different sound (what were you expecting? Amy kind of had to start from scratch) but it is so amazing. Amy Lee is a great artist and probably the voice of this generation. Buy this album. My one complaint is that it is in a cardboard case. I prefer the plastic, because it stays better-looking for longer, but I love the design and layout of it, the lyrics are amazing, and let's face it: Evanescence rocks!
Vampress_of_Darkness More than 1 year ago
I love Amy lee's voice!! shes awsome and beautiful!! MUST GET IT!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i must say the open door is a bit different from Fallen so it does take some time to getting used to. in my opinion i believe this album is more heavier than the last considering that almost every track has heavy guitar riffs, even if some of the tracks start off slow at first. in some ways its better than Fallen because some of the songs sound more angrier and to me its easier to listen to and it seems as if Amy is becoming much more confident in her writing abilities, especially since Ben Moody is no longer with her considering all the recent drama the band has gone through. most of the tracks are listenable but my faves besides call me when you're sober are snow white queen, lithium, lacrymosa, cloud nine, like you, and others which i cant name right now.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a much, much better album than Fallen. Its not nearly as commercial. Its also heavier. Amy Lee has never sounded better. After 3 years since Fallen, its definitely worth the wait. The best songs are probably Your Star, Lacrymosa, and Weight of the World.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After so much anticipation, I'm very disappointed in this album. It seems like Amy is going through a 'sing through a megaphone' phase. Most of the tracks on the album sound very similar - and very different from Fallen and their pre-Fallen work. It's not a bad CD, just not the spectacular work of art I was hoping for.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Evanescence is one of thise paradox's that i just cant understand. Whay are they this big? The music makes me want to cease to exist.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Then please "jim john, a daryll", do cease to exist, cause you have NO taste in music. Amy Lee's voice combined with her classicaly trained past creates a number of great songs that have become smash hits, such as "Call Me When You're Sober" and "Lithium". My favorite is "Good Enough", because she went out of her sad and dark shell and wrote a happy song with an interesting blend of chords. Overall, Evanescence is not going away, this album is JUST as good as Fallen!