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Year of Release: 2003
Bring Me To Life
Taking Over Me
My Last Breath
My Immortal (Band Version)
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Evanescence marks their debut this week, with their 2003 release, Fallen. This album put the band on the map. It is their most popular album
of their career. Although they were marketed as a "Christian band," Evanescence made it clear, that they did want to be associated with Christian rock.
A letter was sent to Christian radio and retail outlets, that the "spiritual underpinning that ignited interest and excitement in the Christian religious
community." The band described themselves as "a secular band, and as such view their music as entertainment." If I were to compare them to an actual
(harder rock) Christian band, they would be compared to the band Skillet. Fallen would reach #1 on the Billboard Christian Albums chart, for 5
weeks in 2003. It was their first major album released. Despite their no-interest in being a Christian band, their next two future albums would reach #1
on the Billboard Hot 200 Albums chart -- The Open Door (2006), and Evanescence (2011).
Their recent album was released in 2017, Synthesis.
The band is fronted by lead singer Amy Lee, a very impressive singer. The band's name is based on the definition of Everescence, which means
"dissapearnce" or "fading away." (The word "evanesce" means "to disappear.")
The ballads stand out on Fallen, as it brings Amy Lee's voice to recognize as greatly talented. This is heard in its true form on "Bring
Me To Life" and "My Immortal." The latter song could easily fit in the Smooth Jazz/New Age genres. Also, Evanescence easily rocks out
throughout the album. As the opening track does, "Going Under." Likewise, on "Everybody's Fool."
"Haunted" is a somewhat ballad, and is as haunting in sound, as it's title. "Tourniquet" returns as hard rock (or Alternative Rock as
most call it). The Alternative Rock continues with "Imaginary," a song on the soft side a bit, but still matches the Alternative/Hard Rock genre.
Like it's title, "Taking Over Me," this track does take over, as it is another Alternative Rock, some softness in the song, then kicking it into
hard rock/alternative. "Hello" is another beautiful ballad, just as "My Immortal." "My Last Breath" is another good Rock track.
And another good rock track is the last tune, "Whisper," featuring a bit of Classical music; this has been heard throughout some of the other tunes
as well. There is a hidden track, a band version of "My Immortal." More on the piano side, it is just as beautiful as the original.
As much as the ballads are the stand outs on Fallen, Amy Lee and Evanescence can rock it out, like any Rock and/or Alternative Rock band.
As mentioned, the softer songs can fit New Age, most to compare Amy's voice, is that of another popular New Age singer, Enya. Fallen would be
their debut, and a great debut it is. All the songs are exceptional, whether they be the rocking tracks or slower. Enjoy the music of Evanescence.
And whether they are classified as Christian or (preferably) not, their music is definitely entertaining.
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