Evanescence

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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 33
  2. Negative: 2 out of 33
  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. Oct 24, 2011
    9
    After a long wait, the much anticipated album is here and well worth the wait. Much of every song is powerful and emotionally charged. Not aAfter a long wait, the much anticipated album is here and well worth the wait. Much of every song is powerful and emotionally charged. Not a single song felt weak. Unfortunately, this means that, with the exception of three songs, every track felt similar. The album itself starts of powerful with What You Want. The next few tracks are equally impressive. Unfortunately, I felt Lost In Paradise and Sick weren't up to tier with the rest of the album. Fortunately, the album picks back up with End of The Dream and Oceans and ends on a high note with Swimming Home. While this album is close in sound to The Open Door, 2006, overall it is much heavier with the instrumentals and a louder vocal. Expand
  5. Oct 12, 2011
    9
    Its been a long time coming, but the album is finally here! It was a truly refreshing experience, I loved the depth of the album...and IIts been a long time coming, but the album is finally here! It was a truly refreshing experience, I loved the depth of the album...and I believe it stands out from today's music because most of it is just so monotonous and shallow. The best way to describe this album is with four words. Beautiful, dark, elegant, and heavy. The songs that stood out the most for me were "The Change", "My Heart is Broken", "A New way to Bleed (bonus track)", and "End of the Dream". The stylistc dirty bass and heavy guitars blend in seamlessly with Lee's voice...it really does create an elegant mixture. Its not a huge difference from their previous work, but its a bit more lively. Highly recommended. Expand
  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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