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Reviews 22/08/2003

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Gillingham, Kent, UK (By Mikey) - Each week I preview an album which I think deserves a listen to and if it's worth to buy, I will cater for all tastes of music from R'n'B to Rock, Hip hop and Pop. At the end of the page, you will find all future album releases.

Evanescence - Fallen
Release Date: April 28, 2003
Evanescence (ev'e-nes'ens): a dissipation or disappearance like vapour

Although the band's name may suggest a sudden vanishing, the music of Evanescence - Amy Lee (vocals), Ben Moody (lead guitar), John LeCompt (guitar), Rocky Gray (drums) - is poised for longevity. 'Fallen', the Wind-up Records debut of this talented quartet from Little Rock, Arkansas, is an emotional, ethereal work of undeniable potency guided by the heavenly vocals of Amy Lee. "We're definitely a rock band", says the 20-year-old Lee. "But the twist is that the band's music is epic, dramatic, dark rock". Includes the single Bring Me To Life (as featured in the movie 'Daredevil').

I wasn't sure what to expect when I bought this album. I knew there would be a lot of rock, but I didn't know what else. I just thought, 'I love Bring Me To Life, so why not get the album?' Amy Lee (vocals), Rocky Gray (Drums), Ben Moody (lead guitar) and John LeCompt (guitar) put a lot of work into this album, but would it be worth my money?

The album starts with Going Under, a heavy rock tune, and a good start to the album. Amy screaming the chorus is the best part. Next is Bring Me To Life - everyone knows it, you've heard it, and it is amazing rock, certainly one of the album's highlights.

The next track is Everybody's Fool. I find this song boring, mainly because it doesn't seem to go anywhere. Following that is My Immortal, the first ballad of the album, and it's a very beautiful and emotional one. Amy's voice isn't her strongest on here though.

Haunted, up next, IS haunted. There's no other way to describe it. It has a very spine-tingling tune, and low, menacing vocals. This is my current favourite, mainly because of the vocals. Amy describes what's happening during the verses, then lets out a determined siren for the chorus. Also, near the end, a choir joins in, making it sound ghostly. Fantastic.

Tourniquet comes up next, and is a good song, but not the best. It has a very strong sound, and the vocals sound like a cry for help. The same goes for Imaginary, which is quite a spooky song with an imaginary tinge (there are no other words).

Taking Over Me and Hello are probably my two least favourite songs. Taking Over Me manages to sound like a bad version of Bring Me To Life, while Hello (a ballad) is like Everybody's Fool - it just doesn't seem to go anywhere.

Towards the end we have My Last Breath, one of the highlights of the album with its techno/rock sound and its powerful vocals. The final track is Whisper, which is also quite good and a perfect end to the album.

Fallen surprised me a little. It's dark, dramatic and hard rock. It's a great album altogether, but loses a mark because some of the songs sound a little similar, and they often talk about death. However, that aside, it's an excellent effort.
10/10

Tracklisting
1 Going Under
2 Bring me to life
3 Everybody's Fool
4 My Immortal
5 Haunted
6 Tourniquet
7 Imaginary
8 Taking Over Me
9 Hellos
10 My Last Breath
11 Whispers

NEXT REVIEW: Blu Cantrell 'Bittersweet'

Album Release Schedule

September 1
Abs - Abstract Theory
Kelly Clarkson - Thankful
Jewel - 0304

September 8
David Bowie - Reality
Cooper Temple Clause - Kick Up A Fire And Let he Flames Break Loose
Iron Maiden - Dance With Death
Elvis Presley - Second To None: The Greatest Hits
Spiritualized - Amazing Grace

September 15
Gloria Estefan - Unwrapped
Human League - The Very Best Of
Lemonescent - Unconditional Love
Beth Orton - Pass In Time: The Anthology
Seal - Seal IV
Starsailor - Silence Is Easy

September 22
R Kelly - The R In The R&B: Greatest Hits Collection Volume One
Muse - Absolution
Nickelback - The Long Road
So Solid Crew - Second Verse
Sting - Sacred Love

September 29
Dido - Life For Rent
Lisa Scott-Lee - Unleashed
Lene Marlin - Another Day
Rachel Stevens - Funky Dory
Wheatus - Hand Over Your Loved Ones

October 6
Blondie - The Curse Of Blondie
Siobhan Donaghy - Revolution In Me
Soft Cell - Soft Cell Live

October 13
Stacie Orrico - Stacie Orrico
Travis - Twelve Memories

October 20
Suede - Singles
Texas - Careful What You Wish For

October 27
REM - In Time: The Greatest Hits






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