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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 wanna lock me up inside Lithium, don't wanna forget how it feels without Lithium, I wanna stay in love with my sorrow Oh, but God I... 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: 79 out of 103
  2. Negative: 13 out of 103
  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. Ori
    Mar 10, 2007
    10
    This album isnt for 1st listening and not even 2nd. After you hear it couple of times You realize how good it is! Great album!
  3. georgea
    Mar 28, 2008
    10
    The open door is different from fallen but it's still obvious it is evanescence.their music is so special.this album is so The open door is different from fallen but it's still obvious it is evanescence.their music is so special.this album is so mature,amy's voice,the music,the lyrics everything.Fallen was like a teenage album and the open door an adult album.Also I like the fact that they tried many things in this album with songs like sweet sacrifice,lacrymosa,your star and more.Finally I like that it has more anger more...I'm leaving I'm free and not like..stay,I love you...It's awesome!! 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. 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. Sep 16, 2011
    7
    This album has some incredible music inside, but it's not the Evanescence we know. It lacks the energy and the specialness of Fallen. FallenThis album has some incredible music inside, but it's not the Evanescence we know. It lacks the energy and the specialness of Fallen. Fallen had no fillers, while in this there are songs that really feel like b-sides. I can't believe i'm saying this, but at times i was bored and that's because of the slow-paced and too long parts between the choruses. They are not bad, they are just not interesting. I still suggest this album as a great buy and wonderful music, but don't expect Fallen part II, this is well below that album.
    Great job for taking some risks and trying something new, but i was kinda dissapointed considering what i was expecting after Fallen
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  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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