The Open Door

The Open Door

by Evanescence


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/03/2006
Label: Bicycle Music Com.
UPC: 0601501312021
catalogNumber: 31202
Rank: 23530

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
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
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 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
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
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
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!
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 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
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.
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
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
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'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
The album the open door has bested Fallen with new i repeat new music. This has a intense feel to it.This album brings awsome rifts that will infect you and Amy Lee's voice is better than ever, her range has improved. Over all more thought and feeling has been put into this album it's not just a redo of old songs like Fallen, it's the open door to the new Evanescence
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
Awesome music! The lyrics have alot of meaning and the instrumentals are great. I love Amy Lee's voice. This CD is worth buying.
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
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