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  • Summary: Fans of the Grammy-winning band have waited three years for them to return with a second album, which returns Dave Fortman as producer but no longer includes guitarist-songwriter Ben Moody.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. The Open Door, is more personal and, by accessing a deeper emotional palette, maybe even more universal.
  2. Evanescence fans can rest easy knowing The Open Door handily re-creates the sonic storm of the debut.
  3. 70
    Denser and more scuzzed-up than Fallen, the album amps everything up to gloriously epic, over-the-top proportions. [Oct 2006, p.129]
  4. Sonically, it captures the Evanescence mythos better and more consistently than the first album... but without the songs, it doesn't resonate.
  5. Fans will be thrilled to know that, despite the replacement of main guitarist and co-songwriter Ben Moody, Evanescence's sophomore album is at least as unsubtle as its predecessor.
  6. Many of these theatrical, midtempo songs run together.
  7. The Open Door is an exercise in how not to make a sophomore album (or any album for that matter).

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 75 out of 93
  2. Negative: 13 out of 93
  1. AdrianS
    Dec 5, 2009
    10
    I think this album is Amazing, Amy and the band did a great job. The vocals are as outstanding as Fallen's and even more powerful. Buy It!
  2. Josh
    Dec 6, 2006
    10
    Very addicting, fresh and new. Has a spooky vibe and is easily the best CD of 2006.
  3. Aerows
    Oct 27, 2007
    10
    Amy Lee's voice has just gotten stronger, and her band has just gotten better. The Open Door has all of the elements of a top-notch rock Amy Lee's voice has just gotten stronger, and her band has just gotten better. The Open Door has all of the elements of a top-notch rock album, but what sets it apart is it is injected with strong personal experience. I didn't like this album much when I first listened to it, which is always a good sign for me - the albums I'm not entirely sure about, if they manage to stay with me, tend to become favorites. This one has staying power. Expand
  4. C.J.Ferguson
    Oct 4, 2006
    9
    I loved Fallen, Open Door is equal on all fronts. Great buy for $10 from wally world
  5. Aug 23, 2011
    9
    The Open Door turned out to be the perfect way to follow up Fallen. While Fallen was extremely over-produced, poppy and cliched lyrically, TheThe Open Door turned out to be the perfect way to follow up Fallen. While Fallen was extremely over-produced, poppy and cliched lyrically, The Open Door manages to be a big step in the right direction for Amy and the band. Without Ben to hold her back she shows her true artistic colors. While for the most part the guitars and drums are as stale as they were on their debut, musically the piano and Amy voice has never sounded better. The electro sounds on Snow White Queen and Lose Control give a very dark atmosphere and accomplishes what the lyrics on Fallen tried to accomplish but in a much more modern and simplistic way. The album has a real epic feel throughout and while keeping those beautiful melodies it still finds a way to have that hardness rock fans will be looking for. Evanescence still has a lot to grow but The Open Door is a fantastic step towards a brighter future. Standouts: The Only One, All That I'm Living For and Good Enough Expand
  6. AnthonyJ
    Oct 4, 2006
    7
    I really wanted to like this CD...Fallen was a classic; innovative, emotional, and musically respectable. No other artists have been able to I really wanted to like this CD...Fallen was a classic; innovative, emotional, and musically respectable. No other artists have been able to blend rock-goth-and positive energy. It was dark and moody, but still uplifting and energizing. The new CD has two, maybe three songs that are creative, confident, and catchy. The rest of the album is predictable; lacking innovative vocal and instrumental harmonies and sounding scripted/redundant. Overall, its a good album compared to everything else out there, but the search for a female-led true rock and roll band still continues. Expand
  7. josel
    Oct 6, 2006
    0
    trash, compared to fallen, their breakout album. go back to the studio, or get someone just as good as moody, cuz your voice isn't gonna cut it.

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