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Album review

With regards to nicolebitchy's latest post: Where are the mods when you need them? =S

Anyway, I'm shocked that there haven't been any reviews on The Open Door yet. I've been really tied up and have kept forgetting to get around to it. While I have some free time (and see a need for a post of substance), I'll write one up here.

Overall, I'm pretty pleased. I love the guitar sound that seems to be dominant on the whole album, really raw and powerful, and the rhythm section is quite strong. Amy seems to be doing a bit more singing in the lower registers than on Fallen, which is fine with me, she still sounds quite good.



Sweet Sacrifice is a brilliant song as a starter. Quiet to start, then with a bit more guitar&drums, then still fairly calm, and then - BANG! - chorus. Brilliant. Really well put together. I also found it a pretty good track to use to get psyched up before a soccer game, for any of us here who might also be into sports.

My first impression of Call Me When You're Sober was "Hmm..." It had to grow on me, which it did. The first bit of verse one is really resonating with me right now, too. "Should I let you fall/Lose it all/So maybe you can remember yourself." I love the attitude of the lyrics, too. "You want me? Come find me. Make up your mind." "If you loved me, you would be here with me." You can definately hear "You moron" in a lot of lines. But then there's the bridge, and some of the verses where you see that it's definately not all calling someone out for being a jackass, there's a lot of internal conflict going on at the same time.

And now to get a bit random...

Personally, I adore Cloud Nine. Especially the soaring vocals and the guitar at the beginning, when it goes from "I'm not afraid to dream/To sleep, sleep forever" to the next part of the verse. Really good track altogether, one of the best on the album.

Lose Control I think is a really cool song. I love how it builds from verse to chorus. Very slow and soft and then explodes into the chorus part. It's a really driving tune, a bit of a weird one, perhaps, but I love the structure. Soft vocals, to slightly louder vocals, to the chorus, which sounds excellent, and then kind of brings it back down again, rebuilds...

Lithium is really powerful. Really driving, like Lose Control, but slower and softer, and more constant. Once it's built up, it's built up, and then the quiet ending works really well. I love its height at 2 minutes in, and then again when it breaks into the chorus about a minute later. While it's not one that stands out for the loudness factor, you'll hear from listening to it a few times that it's one of the stronger songs emotionally. Like I said, it's powerful, but it's more from the lyrics than the instruments, although they do very well to set the tone of the song.

Anyway, I haven't got a lot of time to finish up my homework before Doctor Who is on, so I guess I'll end this here, as I've got a few things to add into my own journal before I'm off the computer. So, there's some of my thoughts. What are yours? Let's get a discussion going, shall we?
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I loved "Like You". Loved loved loved. There is so much genuine pain evident in the song. She seems to be gasping for air at parts, like she's deeply distressed and possibly on the verge of tears or crying. And then when she sings "I long to be like you, sis", the way she says "sis" so quietly... god, the whole song just sends shivers down my spine and makes me cry like a little girl.
I always tend to go off into space when that song comes on, for no real reason other than the fact that I'm usually off in space anyway. X-D It is pretty amazing.
Snow white queen: strick me the most and I don't know why I like I just do.

Clone Nine: I don't really like the beganing of the song it songs like it was a alien science fiction movie.

Your Star: I love how she sings star loud and I love the crouse of the song." And I'm alone now, me and all I stood for. We're wandering now, all in parts in pieces, swim lonely, find your own way out."

All that I'm living for: "Like a lullaby, like a reason why, like a play of my obessions..." thart strick a nevre for me, I love this song.
It is a bit of a weird opening, but I didn't mind it (then again I do somewhat like sci-fi, and have a thing for the unusual.)

Your Star's chorus is great, I really like that too. I love where it goes after the second repetition of it.

All That I'm Living For = ♥ I particularly like how it opens.
I agree - I can't stand when people type LyKE ThIS, OMgZ! (especially when you've seen them type intelligently in another community)...or ask ridiculous questions like that. Stereotypes shouldn't enter into it...music is pretty much a universal language...

It took me a few listens, but the album grew on me. And it keeps getting better with every listen for me.

-I like Sweet Sacrifice. If I were to become a professional wrestler, that's what I'd want played for my entrance. XD
-Call Me When You're Sober...I still love it. And the video. I want to be a thrasher when I grow up. =P
-Weight of the World is good, too. I love the soaring vocals of the chorus.
-Lithium...is a good one, too. But I have to admit...I was disappointed with the music video. I've liked every video up until this one. Of course, I've only seen it once, but it seemed a bit piecey, here, there, everywhere...wait, where are we? But the song was good.

...I just realized I have awhile to go, but Idon't have that much time. ^_^;
So, all in all...I've been liking the album more with each listen. I didn't like Snow White Queen or Lose Control at first, but they get stuck in my head, and I HAVE to hear them, you know? And I absolutely LOVE good enough. It's vunerable, yet confident, full of hope. I love the soaring vocals and the guitars, and the thump of Rocky in the background. It flows well, and I'm SICK of people saying they don't like it because it's a "break-up" record. Not all of it is. Lithium Amy wrote when she was a teenager. The Only One was about her as a teenager being closed-minded. And so on. It's not all about Shaun, it's about expectations of fans, losing your privacy, finding yourself, and overcoming hurdles.

...and if you liked me here, I'm Not_a_Fangirl on the evanescencewebsite.com messege board. =P
*nods* Music is just that, something for everyone. Stereotypes should never come into the picture.

Sweet Sacrifice is really a good opening/psyching up song for just about anything, isn't it?

I didn't know Lithium had a video =S Then again I've pretty much stopped watching music channels so I'm way out of the loop. Oh well.

I didn't get Lose Control at first listen, but the second or third listen I found it much better. It's a bit unusual. Snow White Queen was kind of the same way but took me a couple more listens than Lose Control did, maybe because Lose Control had a couple of lines I could really latch onto, and I could hear most of the words better at first.

Honestly I don't hear that much about breakup on the album. Yes, it's definately there in a lot of places, but would I say it's everywhere, that the album is just a breakup record? Hell no. Silly people.

Ah, I'm not on that forum. I have trouble staying around message boards for very long. Meh.
nicolebitchy is a troll. I doubt the real person behind the troll account types like that, or would seriously ask which of the two bands is more goth.