Evanescence – Evanescence (2011) – Review

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Oh my!

What a total and sad downgrade from the heights of Fallen to this album, kind of unhappily named Evanescence. Only that the evanescence – true to its name – of this gig seems to have finally disappeared completely.

First signs of this to happen already appeared in their former record The Open Door, where one could observe a certain lack of direction and oomph. But still, the latter record contained a lot of good stuff to render it more memorable.

This record here, however, tops it in the negative arena. Evanescence sounds like Amy Lee propped herself on top of a bunch of studio musicians. And this is exactly what it is. The trve essence seems to be out of Evanescence.
 
The whole album seems too poppy, with no metal to speak of. And – as it appears – run by a bunch of disjointed musicians, all trying to get something going again that died before. Just distorting a few electric guitars does not make it metal, guys. It is just like so much noise. 

After the departure of Ben Moody from the band and a lot of the original members with him, the band never quite recovered.

Old style dead, new style yet undiscovered. That kind of thing. With an outcome in this concoction that is VERY mainstream, and a dime-a-dozen style of music. Makes me want to switch off my music player. Like after five minutes or something.

To add insult to injury, the aforementioned Mr. Moody and a bunch of ousted Evanescence members founded some sort of a back-up band aptly named We are the Fallen. They went ahead, hired Carly Smithson (Ultimate High, American Idol) and produced … a copy of the Evanescence sound with a bunch of very powerful tracks. They – of course – vehemently declined any such similarity. But the album is exceedingly well done.

But back to Amy Lee and her latest.  

Amy needs to be lauded, though, by trying to bring out her own style in the way she wants it. Like the first lines of lyrics in Do What You Want so expertly tell “Hello, hello, remember me? I’m everything you can’t control“. And I am all for re-inventing the music and not to dwell on old styles for too long, as this can get strenuous, too.

All of this is of course underlined by the fact that the band now finds itself enjoying a hiatus.

Or should I say lack of direction and purpose?

Also, I am not sure of the significance of this statement. Judging by some of the interviews Amy gave lately, this seems to be of the lasting kind.

As usual, not all is bad in this album, of course, and the first tracks are rocky enough, interspersed by a couple of soft ballads. Lost in Paradise is hauntingly beautiful after all. But after that, it goes downhill big time. 

In the end, this record is not something I would buy again. It kinda felt like having a well-trained racehorse replaced with a donkey cart.

Go figure!

Yet for the future, I for sure hope that any follow-up album will again be consistent and worthy of Evanescence. And preferably grounded in a more metallic and consistent way. One that gives credit to a talent of Amy Lee‘s caliber.

And perhaps, Amy Lee should just try to break free from Evanescence and truly live by her own style, unencumbered by the past. This would allow the soaring soundscapes she likes to create the space they deserve. Breathing space, and volume to develop and shine.

And some stuff she produced so far in this direction clearly speaks to that.

*****

Record Rating: 2/10 | Label: Wind-Up Records | Web: Official Site

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