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SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
October 11th 2011



15332 Comments


nice review gyro, not sure what i think of this album yet

grats on the feature too

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AsoTamaki
October 11th 2011



2525 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've settled on a 4 for this. It would be a 3.5 for the standard album, but I'm gonna include the deluxe edition tracks.

Gyromania
October 11th 2011



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Thanks guys.

Aso: were you not in complete disagreement with me earlier? Your rating is only .5 higher than mine, unless your disagreement is with my thoughts on past albums and how this stands up against them.

AsoTamaki
October 12th 2011



2525 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Right, I should have probably added "and the score" to my exception. Haha. I could've sworn I mentioned something about ratings. Must've been on one of the other reviews (never knew Evanescence was so popular on sputnik).

Yes, what you just mentioned about the past albums was one aspect of it. There were also the parts where you: called "What You Want" their best single (I believe it's their worst aside perhaps from "Call Me When You're Sober"), referred to "Made of Stone" and "The Other Side" as filler (two of my personal favorites and two that showcase the "band" mentality strongly with the guitar riff in the former being more memorable than the vocals and with both the guitars and drums leading the way throughout the latter), and pointed to "Lost in Paradise" as an example of experimentation (although I do enjoy the song, it doesn't strike me as much more than a simple fusion of "My Immortal" and "Lithium").

Gyromania
October 12th 2011



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Fair enough my friend, to each their own. I personally see "Lost in Paradise" as a mix of elements
that make Evanescence so strong: their ability to elicit an emotional response from their listener
while maintaining a theatrical feel. So yes, it definitely does shadow "My Immortal," but it also
feels like something new that draws influence from artists like 'Bjork'. I think it's just going to
boil down to preferences.

AsoTamaki
October 12th 2011



2525 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, it's a quality song for sure. I just didn't feel it brought anything new into the mix.

That's cool. The fact that we disagree on the strong points, but both enjoy it equally proves it's a solid album with some depth and not something one-dimensional.

fromtheinside
October 12th 2011



17714 Comments


album is - Omg - good not a 3.5 bit still the best thing they've ever done. the change however has a chorus that has her hooking melodies I swear she's done like a million times already. anyway great review and poor Amy lee for being stuck with this band as an outlet for that astounding voice

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Awesomesauce
October 12th 2011



1083 Comments


Great review. This album is 10 years late though.

Gyromania
October 12th 2011



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Thanks fromtheinside and Awesomesauce.

That's cool. The fact that we disagree on the strong points, but both enjoy it equally proves
it's a solid album with some depth and not something one-dimensional.


Agreed.

god now i know why i never come to the review site anymore


Good, stay away then.

simonpettersen
October 12th 2011



272 Comments


Good review, but can't stand this album. Fallen is their only good work imo.

foreverendeared
October 12th 2011



14678 Comments


I'm surprised this is getting any love at all here. I find Evanescence to be the epitome of terrible music.

Gyromania
October 12th 2011



15200 Comments


I really do dislike Evanescence on the whole so I thought for sure I would be trashing this album in my review, but it's actually not that bad at all. Give it a try to find out - if you don't like it after the first three songs then it's not for you.

foreverendeared
October 12th 2011



14678 Comments


I'll give it a go.

Gyromania
October 12th 2011



15200 Comments


"Swimming Home" is so relaxing.

Willie
Moderator
October 12th 2011



15877 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"My Heart is Broken" is definitely my new favorite Evanescence song. I also like "Erase This". Other than that, the rest of the songs are kind of good/average.

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Valerius
October 12th 2011



1137 Comments


This is their best album yet. Amy is singing her heart out, and the guitars, bass, and drums are better. Some really good hooks in these songs.

I'd give this album a 3-4, and this isn't really the type of music I jam. If you like Evanescence I could see this album being a 4-5. This is a damn good album.


keyserfunk
October 12th 2011



280 Comments


Wow, this is very well-written and logically structured review (pos) but if What You Want is Evanescence's best single to date, then no wonder I gave up on them years ago. I felt embarrassed listening to this album stream even when I was by myself. Just not my thing. At all.

Valerius
October 12th 2011



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You felt embarrassed listening to an album?

Fear is the mind killer.

And before you go anywhere, you need to 5 Slayer's Show No Mercy. You don't even have it ranked.

Just saying....since you care about your image and all.

Gyromania
October 12th 2011



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"My Heart is Broken" is definitely my new favorite Evanescence song. I also like "Erase
This". Other than that, the rest of the songs are kind of good/average.


Yeah, there are a lot of songs here that are just 'good' but there aren't many I'm recently itching
to play. Still, when Evanescence are playing to their potential they're great.

Wow, this is very well-written and logically structured review (pos) but if What You Want is
Evanescence's best single to date, then no wonder I gave up on them years ago. I felt embarrassed
listening to this album stream even when I was by myself. Just not my thing. At all.


Thanks man. Fair enough, like I said, this isn't for everyone and it's a low 3.5 for me. I'm just
shocked to see them evolving as a band - so many artists today who suck have typically always
sucked, but who knows, perhaps Evanescence will eventually pull away from their roots entirely one
day and create something truly unique.

keyserfunk
October 12th 2011



280 Comments


Valerius, I'm really sorry I hurt your feelings and appreciate your points, especially how important I take my carefully cultivated image. You really "get" me. As a result, however, I can't follow your advice given your "nooby" status on this site. I mean, what would that make me look like? Not cool, that's for sure!!!! Besides, between you and me, I actually think that album is kind of too scary.



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