The Open Door

Release date: October 3rd 2006
Wind-up Records
Distribution: Sony/BMG (Denmark)

Modern Metal

Rating: 85/100
Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen
Date: October 6th 2006

Has Amy Lee and Evanescence with "The Open Door" made a commercial own goal? Off course it's hard to follow up on such a huge success like "Fallen", which has sold more than 14 millions copies world wide. The band has also gone thru some bad spells: main songwriter Ben Moody left the band, Amy Lee went thru a lot of personal turmoil and Terry Balsamo was taken to hospital with a stroke.

But all of this belongs in the past, and it has all flown into the songs, resulting in a very intense and melancholic selection of songs, songs that are a lot deeper and profounder. Amy Lee and Terry Balsamo has taken upon themselves to carry the song writing torch on, and as a metal fan I can only salute them, because this album is darker and harder than "Fallen".

But all the little teeny girls, who buy this album looking for the next "My Immortal"-like song, are in for a big surprise, because this album rocks HARD and chances are that they'll never discover the beauty of "The Open Door".

First single "Call Me When You're Sober" is an honest statement from Amy; she is really pouring her heart out on this album. The lyrics are all very personal; sincere and deep. There are plenty of awesome songs on this album, and the best moments are: "Lithium" - a great rock ballad that never gets cheesy! "Lacrymosa" and "Your Star" are both monumental - they creep under your skin and stays there. "The Only One" is a cool dark gothic rock song. "All That I'm living for" has big-time hit potential and "Good enough" is another piano masterpiece from Amy. And even though most of the best moments are to found at the end of this cool album, I suggest you take the full journey there because itís worth the trip.

"The Open Door" is a very mature, melancholic and sincere album from Evanescence and a deeper and better album than "Fallen"; everything has taken a step forward. Amy proves that not only is she a great singer - her performance on the album is magnificent - she is also a great songwriter, take a listen to "Lacrymosa", where she has perfectly integrated Mozartís composition into the song. Her supporting cast is doing an equally great job, so everything in Evanescence's power has been done... the rest is up to you!

But to answer my own question: they might, but that doesn't in any way make this a bad album! Actually it's very, very good one...