The Open Door

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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.
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/3/2006
  • Label: Bicycle Music Com.
  • UPC: 601501312021
  • Catalog Number: 31202
  • Sales rank: 8,685

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sweet Sacrifice (3:05)
  2. 2 Call Me When You're Sober (3:34)
  3. 3 Weight of the World (3:37)
  4. 4 Lithium (3:44)
  5. 5 Cloud Nine (4:22)
  6. 6 Snow White Queen (4:22)
  7. 7 Lacrymosa (3:37)
  8. 8 Like You (4:16)
  9. 9 Lose Control (4:50)
  10. 10 The Only One (4:40)
  11. 11 Your Star (4:43)
  12. 12 All That I'm Living For (3:48)
  13. 13 Good Enough (5:31)
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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
Ted Jensen Mastering
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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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted February 5, 2011

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    But it! But it NOW!!

    LOVED LOVED LOVED!!!! Loved it--every song!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Wicked Awsome!!

    I love Amy lee's voice!! shes awsome and beautiful!! MUST GET IT!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    A gothic paridise and more all in one CD

    It's so good there are know words for it. just go and get it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing!

    Awesome music! The lyrics have alot of meaning and the instrumentals are great. I love Amy Lee's voice. This CD is worth buying.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Evanescense

    I think that this CD is amazing! It's definitely worth buying. I love the use of all the beautiful, different instruments in it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The open door or Fallen

    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!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    There are six great songs on here

    I think "Like You" will be their next single. It's a beautiful song. It's track #7 on the CD, not #8. There are six great songs here. The first four to begin with. Then "Like You" and "Good Enough." The rest of the songs are all right. There are about four songs that sound similar. Amy better be careful in the future on the arrangements. I think Amy has one of the best voices ever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Overlooked Masterpiece

    While credited by most critics as well-done though not as great as the first, the album in my opinion was one of the greatest I have ever had the pleasure of listening to. Unique in style, sound, and instruments, Evanescence has continued its grand journey into the history of music and pop culture with one of their most astounding works yet. Tracks that struck me as the best done and most emotionally striking were 'Call Me When You're Sober', 'Lacrymosa', 'Like You', 'Lose Control', 'The Only One', and 'Good Enough', as well as the unreleased except on pre-ordered copies 'The Last Song I'm Wasting on You'. So difficult to find is a band that mixes heavy guitar riffs and screaming vocals and then can go as calm as a piano solo. The Open Door is truly a masterpiece that has been well overlooked. I eagerly anticipate their third album which will most likely be released "if the time difference between Fallen and ToD serves as any indication" in three years. Much to long too wait in my opinion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    This band can do no wrong. Amy has an amazing voice which sounds even better live.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Evanescence - The Open Door

    The cover looks pretty and gothic like like something Twilight would look. This one was alright and had some good songs but wasn't good as Fallen but has its moments. Songs that caught my ear were call me when you're sober, weight of the world, cloud nine, lacrymosa (from the title i thought of the lacrymose leeches from the wide window of a series of unfortunate events), and etc.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not for You

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WOW!! this really sucks!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    if you like amy lee on vocals check out lucuna coils new album

    amy lee has been with her band for more than one year now and yes amy lees vocals have matured and yes i beileve she could front lucuna coil and yes this album is a must have for metal fans and none metal fans alike

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best one yet!

    While most sophomore efforts pale in comparison to an artist's first release, I really have to say that this release is better than "Fallen". The song Lithium is phenomenal...as is Lacrymosa. Actually, the single that's been released so far (Call Me When You're Sober) isn't the best song on the album. If you liked "Fallen", you should like this disc even better -- buy it now!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Spooky, emotional rock

    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".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    the open door is my favorite album from evanescence!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    must spin

    i was so excited when i heard there was a new album by evanescence...i was waiting for so long for the album and now i got it i think everyone must have this album because it's far better,take a listen to "like you",at the end of the song amy lee really was given such an amazing voice ever...the band was far better than any other band especially my chemical romance who did a really sucks song!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ....

    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.

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