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  • Summary: Nick Raskulinecz produced the third album for the rock band that sees only singer Amy Lee as the remaining original member.
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My Heart Is Broken
I will wander until the end of time Torn away from you I pulled away to face the pain I close my eyes and drift away Over the fear That I will never... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Kerrang!
    Oct 6, 2011
    100
    This album's consistent quality should easily re-establish Evanescence back on the rock map in 2011. [1 Oct 2011, p.52]
  2. 75
    She still occasionally lapses into drama-club caterwauling, but when she uses baroque orchestral accoutrements to wage an air assault on her demons (as she does on the blistering "Oceans"), she's more than just the token girl in the pit.
  3. Oct 11, 2011
    70
    Evanescence's self-titled third album captures each party elevating the other far above where their proclivities would get them on their own.
  4. Oct 11, 2011
    63
    A livelier album seems to lurk inside this one, struggling to sneak past its creator.
  5. Oct 19, 2011
    50
    Evanescence may not be doing anything fresh or positively controversial on this new record all about itself. But they sure know how to keep their diehard fans happy by largely repeating the same formula that worked for them in the past.
  6. Oct 12, 2011
    50
    Too much of the time, Evanescence get lost in the cavernous spaces carved out by their unsecret weapon.
  7. Nov 8, 2011
    25
    Maniacally narcissistic, Evanescence is corny in the way only music so grim and humorless--and yet irredeemably stupid--can be

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  1. Positive: 27 out of 34
  2. Negative: 2 out of 34
  1. Oct 16, 2011
    10
    Mature, well written, well-composed are just 3 of the top terms that come to mind when listening to this album. Some artists, as they growMature, well written, well-composed are just 3 of the top terms that come to mind when listening to this album. Some artists, as they grow with their music, alter their style and lose their identity. Amy Lee and company has proved that their style is positively authentic, powerful, and unwavering. This album has great flavor and really moves the body and soul. The writing is amazing, as usual. If it were possible for Amy Lee to sing any better, she just topped herself with this album. The vocals will blow you away like the didn't in the last 2 albums ...it's that good. God knows how she managed to improve her already amazing voice, but she did it. This album is a critical show of top notch musicianship and every artist who's "remaking" themselves would do well to take a page from this book. Beautiful album, beautiful music, welcome back Evanescence! Expand
  2. Jul 20, 2016
    10
    This album is my 3rd favorite one cause it has meaningful songs and they have a perfect chorus. This album is great and perfect just that. IThis album is my 3rd favorite one cause it has meaningful songs and they have a perfect chorus. This album is great and perfect just that. I love evanescence. Expand
  3. Oct 19, 2011
    10
    I would say this album is about on par with Open Door but not quite to the classic level of Fallen. That being said, I love this album moreI would say this album is about on par with Open Door but not quite to the classic level of Fallen. That being said, I love this album more and more with every listen. At 1st it seemed to feel about the same but the more I've listened to it the more I can hear the subtle nuances. Also, I didn't feel as if there were a lot of "standout" songs however each time I listen they are almost all standing out to me now. For those fans of theirs who have listened to it 1 or 2 times and aren't feeling it as much as they thought, just give it another couple listens and it will absolutely grow on you.

    Congrats on the #1 status on Billboard too! Let's see if enough people will buy it this week to make it 2 in a row!
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  4. Dec 4, 2017
    9
    Unfortunately, "Fallen" just can't be topped. While "Evanescence" is an improvement over "The Open Door" it's just not enough to be as good orUnfortunately, "Fallen" just can't be topped. While "Evanescence" is an improvement over "The Open Door" it's just not enough to be as good or better than "Fallen". There are some tracks that make it come close such as, "What You Want", "The Change", "Oceans", and "Never Go Back". They've stepped in a better direction from "The Open Door", but just can't top their biggest hit. Still a really great album so even though it still isn't quite to the level of Fallen it still gets an A-. Expand
  5. Jan 12, 2012
    9
    I'm a big fan of Evanescence and have been for a little while now. When I first listened to their new album - simply titled "Evanescence" - II'm a big fan of Evanescence and have been for a little while now. When I first listened to their new album - simply titled "Evanescence" - I thought it didn't compare to their older work. However, the more I listened to it, the more it grew on me and now I think it's some of their best work yet!

    The album carries the same hybrid of rock and classical instruments that the band have always had (despite the several line-up changes). Amy Lee is just as good as she always has been as the band's lead singer, and the rest of the group all prove their worth through some fantastic drum and guitar solos. But it's not all good. As per usual with Evanescence there are a few dud tracks. Most notable are "Swimming Home" which seems to lack the entire band's presence (with the exception of Amy). While this has proved to be a winning formula before with songs such as "My Immortal" this time it really doesn't work, and makes "Swimming Home" just very boring to listen to.

    The only other track I had a problem with was "Secret Door" - one of the four bonus tracks you get with the deluxe edition. It suffers a similar problem to "Swimming Home" in that both the lyrics and rhythm fail to grab your attention.

    Those two tracks aside though, Evanescence really is a great album. With the exception of the aforementioned two, all the songs are fantastic to listen to, and feature some great lyrics - and also some quite meaningful ones.

    Highlights of the album are "Made of Stone", "Lost In Paradise", "Oceans", and "Say You Will," and "My Heart Is Broken."

    The fact that they wrote these songs themselves is great too, as that feature is becoming increasingly difficult to find in music acts.

    The deluxe edition also comes with a behind-the-scenes DVD featuring the video to "What You Want," the first single of the new album as well as many interviews with the band. While this is a nice touch, it's not a reason to splash out for the deluxe edition. Although the 3 bonus tracks (not including Secret Door) are of high quality - but still the deluxe edition may be a fan-only thing.

    So all in all, apart from a couple of poor songs, this album is definitely one worth adding to your collection. If you liked any of Evanescence's previous work, or want to start listening to them, there's no better entry point than here. With some meaningful and catchy songs this album is unmissable.

    9/10
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  6. Jul 21, 2017
    7
    Evanescence finally leaves behind the dark, sad-toned atmosphere. In "The Open Door" Amy Lee sings about her love for darkness and how sheEvanescence finally leaves behind the dark, sad-toned atmosphere. In "The Open Door" Amy Lee sings about her love for darkness and how she wants to let it go and be happy. The previous album ended with a happy note. We have never seen Evanescence and Amy Lee so strong before. She really brought the new voice with this album. If in the past we loved her Gothic, dark character, in this album we will love her more for how strong she became. Listeners can really feel the power that comes with her vocals when she sings "Do what you, what you want", "Don't want to play your game anymore", "there's nothing that can change the way I feel". Amy Lee also gave us a more soft version of her new self in "Lost In Paradise" to remind us what we originally fell in love with - a young girl trapped in confusion trying to figure out who she wants to be. Alongside content, the sound of Evanescence is also changed is music. "Evanescence" does not have the Gothic vibe or nu metal. It's more on the hard rock side and alternative and the group completely lost their mainstream sound they had on "Fallen". The style doesn't fall under innovative category as it has generic guitars and drums, typical to old hark rock and alternative. But the sheer positive vibe of the album makes it worth loving. 7/10 Expand
  7. Nov 3, 2011
    3
    I personally think that this is their worst album so far. The guitar riffs blend into one another and the songs, in all honesty, sound prettyI personally think that this is their worst album so far. The guitar riffs blend into one another and the songs, in all honesty, sound pretty much the same to me. Amy's voice is good as usual, though I even don't think her vocals are as strong as they were on Fallen or The Open Door. Overall quite disappointing, even though I'm going to see them on Monday. I hope they play some older songs. Expand

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