Evanescence - Fallen

Saturday 1st November 2003
Evanescence - Fallen
Evanescence - Fallen

RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
LABEL: Wind Up/Epic 5108792
RRP: £10.99

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

The bizarre controversy that has seen these Little Rock, Arkansas, newcomers step perilously close to apostasy as they tied themselves up in knots denying they're a Christian band. But what of the music on their million-selling debut? Despite HM magazine's perculiar suggestion that it sounds like "Bonnie Rait fronting the early CCM rock band Servant," this is actually an intriguing blend of influences with Amy Lee's voice soaring hauntingly over explosive bursts of nu metal guitar and elegant piano and strings to create a sound that is an anthemic goth mutant of considerable originality. Bassist/songwriter Ben Moody was being rather disingenuous when he suggested to a Guardian reporter that he was "not ashamed of my spiritual beliefs but I in no way incorporate them into this band." There are many traces of an unfocused spirituality and message of hope ala Creed, in between the passages of dark despair. And one song, "Tourniquet" ALMOST makes it as a full on Christian song. But sadly, it's now clear that there's more fog than illumination in this talented band's music.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Josh in Dawson Creek, Canada @ 21:41 on Jan 1 2007

I love Evanescence. There my favorite band but my dad wont really let me listen to them because of the y feel. I still listen to them anyway because most of there lyric are Christian based and there is no swearing, or ual themes. Anyway they Rock

Posted by christiana in usa @ 22:01 on Aug 28 2006

i love their music, but i wish they would incorperate ben's christian beliefs into their lyrics.

Posted by Peter in England @ 19:58 on May 23 2006

I think this is a great album and should be considered as a rock/heavy metal/goth rock album. It is great to head bang to and makes great listening. The lyrics are true and are well back up by the instruments. A great album

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