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Open Door

The Open Door

4.5 116
by Evanescence

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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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Guest More than 1 year ago
i love this cd its way better than fallen. i listen to that cd every day. when im going to school or just at home washing the dishes. i always listen to it. sometimes when i listen to it i get great ideas for my stories. its the best cd ever.
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
A complete let down. There is still a shadow of the artistic tunes which Amy spun in Fallen, but it is only a distant shadow. Too much rock grinding, too little of her (or maybe Moody's?) creativeness, deep lyrics and her strong vocals - her voice gets lost in what is meant to be background music. The album on the whole sounds too much like a mush of the same sounds than unique individual peices of art as the first one was. I hope Amy gets it together better for the next album
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
it is okay the lyrics aren't as well written as the ones on fallen and the music isn't as haunting but some songs are really good the best songs are lithium and lacrymosa
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
The album is very different sound from the first but definately worth buying. It might take a few more listens than normal but once you understand the meaning of the songs and understand how deep the lyrics are you'll definately fall in love with this album. Best way to approach this album is to not comapare it to the first one and give it a chance b/c the sound has chnage.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Evanesence has made a big comeback with their album. My personal favourite is "Call Me When Your Sober". The lead singer shows off her vocals in it proudly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
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
i heard it before on dialupconnection internetand it sounds better on the cd. its definitely a change, but its not at all the same, coarse im gonna make myself like it, considering i bought it. and i got a free keychain with it too.
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
the open door is my favorite album from evanescence!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been a huge Evanescence fan for years now. I was so anxious for this record because I knew that they had a lot to live up to after the success of Fallen. I love Fallen but I have to say I really love their older stuff from the EPs and Origin. The Open Door has a few songs that wouldn't seem out of place on Origin. Anyway, The Open Door sounds a lot different than Fallen. This album has a unique sound, and it shows a lot of growth of Amy, Terry and John and Evanescence. I've been listening to this album nonstop for a month or so now and it rocks my socks. It goes without saying, but if you're an Evanescence fan this is a must buy. Now I'll do the song by song thing: 01 Sweet Sacrifice: This was my first favorite song, the first line rings very true to me, "It's true, we're all a little insane." 02 Call Me When You're Sober: This is a great first single, it rocks, it's very angsty and delicious. 03 Weight of the World: This is probably my least favorite song on the whole album I don't really have a lot to say about it. 04 Lithium: This is a sweet song, probably my other favorite. There's lots of emotion not to mention that lyrically this song is a metaphor that I can relate to pretty well. 05 Cloud Nine: I loved this song when I first heard it. It reminds me of a more pop-culture version of Missing, musically. 06 Snow White Queen: This is another great song, I love voyeuristic/stalker songs, it has such a dark/gothic sound and Amy's vocals are absolutely stunning. 07 Lacrymosa: I'm a pretty big geek and I'm really in to some classical music. Mozart's my favorite, but this version is the perfect blend of electric guitars, soaring vocals and classical music. 08 Like You: This song makes me kind of sad, "I long to be like you, lie cold in the ground like you, there's room inside for two, and I'm not grieving for you." Obviously a song written for her sister, this is also a powerful and emotional song. 09 Lose Control: I'm not really sure what this song is about it's not really one that stands out to me though. 10 The Only One: By far this is my favorite song on the entire album. The duck thing is kind of weird, but the killer lyrics are just earth shattering. I relate to this song on a very deep level, "All our lives we've been waiting for some one to call our leader." It makes me feel less alone as I wonder what I'm doing with my life. 11 Your Star: To be blunt, I really didn’t like this song the first time I listened to it. Of all the song on this album it sounds the most different from anything else by Evanescence. After listening to it the second time it has become another one of my favorites. 12 All That I’m Living For: it’s almost funny, but this song sounds like it could have been on Fallen. It’s rocky it would sound great on the radio if it becomes a single. 13 Good Enough: I love the piano, and I love the lyrics, but most of all, I love the way I feel after listening to it. This is a great song to end such a magnificent album. It’s only logical that this CD sounds different they’re out two of the original band mates now, so it’s foolish to think that it would sound the same. Plus if they keep putting out the same kind of music people would get bored with them, and they would limit their growth potential. I see the Open Door like an open window and I have a very good feeling that Evanescence is going to grow and mature and be recognized as a rock legend years from now.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very good album. alot differ from fallen. this has more soul and heavier and lighter which i like. my favorite song on there is all that im iving for.
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
The long awaited album is not what i expected. The music seems too commercialized targeting radio stations and music video channels. The album Fallen was pretty good but this album is very different. The best Evanescence music is before they made it big. Its a shame that it is so hard to find. The album Origin is by far their best work. What happened? Fame and fortune maybe?
Black-Fury More than 1 year ago
It's so good there are know words for it. just go and get it.