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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.

Top Track

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: 82 out of 106
  2. Negative: 13 out of 106
  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. BlakeM
    May 21, 2009
    10
    Amy Lee's vocal's could not have been better suited for the song she was sining, as well as the main message in the song. When she Amy Lee's vocal's could not have been better suited for the song she was sining, as well as the main message in the song. When she sings'Call me when your sober' she has a comicaly evil tone to her voice. When she sings 'Like you' you can tell she's truly upset. Well done! 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. Nov 23, 2020
    9
    The album was good and audible. The best album of this group is Fallen in my opinion
  6. Mar 12, 2011
    7
    Evanescence's sophomore album, The Open Door, may be overly produced, but it's attractive for that matter. However, I'd hardly qualify TheEvanescence's sophomore album, The Open Door, may be overly produced, but it's attractive for that matter. However, I'd hardly qualify The Open Door as a full rock album, sadly enough. Actually, Evanescence aren't really a "real band" anymore either. As much as I adore the lovely frontman, the sound seems to rap around Lee herself most of the time. The album's lead single, "Call Me When You're Sober", is one of the only tracks you actually hear the band's "all". Another problem within the band's sound is their similarity between eachother.

    The album's ballad tracks, "Like You" and "Good Enough", are lovable for their in-depth lyrical content, but while the sound is unique, they're lackluster in the ability to relate to. The album's standout track is "Lithium". It's a wonderful flashback to their previous album, lyrically. While the track is certainly ballad-worthy, it has a beautiful "gothic rock" melody.

    Overall, The Open will please hardcore Evanescence fans, and maybe even fans of the album's unique sound. However, mainstream listeners might find it difficult to accept Evanescence's new sound.
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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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