The Open Door

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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.

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Lithium
Lithium, don't want to lock me up inside Lithium, don't want to forget how it feels without Lithium, I want to stay in love with my sorrow Oh, but,... See the rest of the song lyrics
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: 71 out of 95
  2. Negative: 13 out of 95
  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. OMG!
    Jan 19, 2007
    10
    I dont see how this album is rubbish it is a wicked album... i admit not as good as Fallen but still it is very good.. I dont understand I dont see how this album is rubbish it is a wicked album... i admit not as good as Fallen but still it is very good.. I dont understand people these days. they wouldnt know a good rock band if it punched them in the face... you deserve a punch in the face if you think this album is bad ... hmph Expand
  3. Melissa
    Oct 27, 2007
    10
    Wow, what a great album. There are only a few albums that contain all great songs, and The Open Door has joined that elite club for me. I can Wow, what a great album. There are only a few albums that contain all great songs, and The Open Door has joined that elite club for me. I can listen to it from start to finish, and truly enjoy all of it. Expand
  4. JoeB
    Oct 6, 2006
    9
    No, this is not a Fallen remake. Why would anyone want that anyway? It is as different as I was 3 years ago. That doesn't make it a bad No, this is not a Fallen remake. Why would anyone want that anyway? It is as different as I was 3 years ago. That doesn't make it a bad album. It is heavier and the lyrics are as haunting, if not more, than anything in the past. Amy's voice is like the Siren's song as it pulls you into her world of story telling. This is one of those albums that is an easy listen but the more time you spend understanding the story she's telling, the more compelling this album becomes. Expand
  5. Jan 12, 2016
    9
    The Open Door é um álbum magnífico. Não é melhor que o Fallen, mas é ótimo. Amy Lee mostra sua evolução vocal e a banda mostra a suaThe Open Door é um álbum magnífico. Não é melhor que o Fallen, mas é ótimo. Amy Lee mostra sua evolução vocal e a banda mostra a sua diversidade instrumental, variando da guitarra até o violino.

    Pontos Altos: Lithium, Call Me When You Sober, Cloud Nine
    Pontos Baixos: Lose Control, Like You, Your Star
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  6. fw
    Oct 28, 2006
    7
    while more material from evanescence is welcome, this album is disappointing when compared to fallen, which is one of why favourite rock while more material from evanescence is welcome, this album is disappointing when compared to fallen, which is one of why favourite rock albums. while the single "call me when your sober" is very good and there are some good songs towards the end of the album, much of what is here is too heavy and disorganized for it's own good. if i was looking for metalica or rage against the machine i would have bought them(though i never would). if the guitar in the album was more refined and the album was more like fallen i would have preferred it. while i will play it from time to time, i just know it won't be the first album i pick me when i reach for evanescence on my music shelf. 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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