Review: Evanescence - Evanescence
The fact that they're doing their own thing on not really trying to be part of any style makes their music sound so much more real as well, the lyrical sense of melancholy is elevated to much greater depth on tracks like My Heart is Broken, with the relentless guitar chugging from Troy McLawhorn and Terry Balsamo being played in accompaniment with a dramatic sweeping symphonic soundscape. Occasionally instead of an orchestral backdrop, there will be a preference put towards the use of synthesizers, leading to the interesting Oceans making the use of a synthesized backdrop that wouldn't sound out of place on an MGMT album, a group Amy Lee stated had managed to influence her when creating compositions for the album.
And speaking of Amy Lee, it most be noted just how on form she is for this album. A common criticism towards Evanescence is that Lee often overshadows the rest of the group and receives too much focus, but with her grand, powerful vocals which are simply draining with an emotional intensity, is it really that big a surprise that everyone is into her? With such majestic and operatic vocals harnessing the tortured and heartfelt lyrics of Lost in Paradise, it becomes obvious that Amy Lee truly is the very centerpiece of Evanescence.
2011 has been a year where we've seen various amounts of comeback albums from the likes of Blink-182, Red Hot Chili Peppers and even Limp Bizkit. However, there's been little in the way of comeback albums that could be seen as being the bands best album showing them on top form. Evanescence's self titled album in this case, is an exception.
Also, this album has managed to restore my faith in new music as a whole, meaning I can start blogging healthily and frequently again. As a matter of fact, my current plan is to release several new reviews of albums I've missed out on in one go, so it's like I never went away! Anyways, it's a good thing I liked this album, because this a fantastic way to celebrate my 100th post on Ramblings of a Rock fan!
Evanescence's self-titled album is out now via Wind-up Records. The band will tour the UK in November with The Pretty Reckless and Fair to Midland.