Evanescence
Evanescence EP


2.5
average

Review

by Samuel O. Santana USER (4 Reviews)
January 9th, 2012 | 13 replies


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist

Review Summary: All in all, thanks to the lack of excellent songwriting , this EP falls short of being great. But moments like the song “Understanding”, showed that this band had some potential.

Evanescence seems not to be the most liked band around here. Maybe it’s the huge commercial success or the obvious lack of songwriting skills that can be heard on lots of their songs. But if we go back before they made it big with their debut, before Amy Lee became the icon she is for teenagers around the world. Evanescence showed a side that’s not really the one everyone knows. This EP released in 1998 contains a sound that is reminiscent of the Evanescence everyone knows nowadays, but possesses a mellower sound and ultimately sounds more inspired than their other work.

This whole EP possesses a similar sound, in which the songs mainly consist on simple piano lines or guitar arpeggios, while the electric guitar and drums combine to bring the tracks to a climax. It’s a pretty simple formula but it works really well for the songs in here. The main selling point in this EP, are the vocal hooks, although really simple, they do tend to get stuck on your head. Amy Lee’s voice sounds rather weak in this ep but she makes up for it thanks to some really good vocal lines throughout the EP.

The highlight of the EP is without a doubt the sixth track "Understanding"; the seven minute song takes every positive aspect previously mentioned and creates a somber & melancholic song. Although Amy Lee’s voice tends to crack sometimes during the track she delivers a great performance, as does the rest of the band that during the last few minutes , create a wall of sound that brings the song to its speak. One can even hear some nice sounding double-bass during the bridge of the song and some sampling that give the track a dark vibe.

All in all, thanks to the lack of excellent songwriting, this EP falls short of being great. But moments like the aforementioned “Understanding” showed that this band really did have some potential. Sadly, they never did anything outstanding with it. The mellower side of Evanescence is without a doubt the best and this EP shows it on various songs, the instrumentation is also pretty good by Evanescence standards and the vocal melodies are pretty good overall.


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Hayzte
January 9th 2012


81 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Dunno why, but I really wanted to review this. Point out any mistakes, constructive criticism greatly appreciated.

letsgofishing
January 9th 2012


908 Comments


Evanescence album isn't good...surprise!

Hayzte
January 9th 2012


81 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Understanding is a great song though.

KjSwantko
January 9th 2012


9448 Comments


"But if we go back before they made it big with their debut, before Amy Lee became the icon she is for teenagers around the world."

sentence makes no sense; I think you forgot the 2nd half of it?

"This ep released in 1998 shows a sound that is indeed reminiscent of the Evanescence everyone knows nowadays, but manages to sound more mellow and inspired in some ways, than the other works they’ve released."

I don't really understand that.

"in which the songs mainly consist on simple piano lines or guitar arpeggios and the electric guitar and drums are used to bring the songs to a climax."

"in which the songs mainly consist OF(?) simple piano lines and guitar arpeggios, while the drums & guitar combine to bring the tracks to their climax. An idea.

"The main highlight of this ep is without a doubt “Understanding”, this seven minute track manages to take every good aspect mentioned before and create a really somber and melancholic song"

"The highlight of the EP is without a doubt "Understanding"; the seven minute track takes every positive aspect previously mentioned and creates a somber & melancholic song." An idea.

"....she delivers a great performance and the same goes for the band, that during the last few minutes manage to create a wall of sound that brings the song to its speak."

"....she delivers a great performance, as does the rest of the band who during the last few minutes manage to create a wall of sound that brings the song to it's peak.". idea.

"You can even hear some really nice sounding double bass during the bridge of the song and some samples that really give the track a dark vibe."

" One can hear double-bass from the drummer and some sampling during the bridge of the song that give it a dark vibe."

-also, need comas after things like "all in all," "sadly," etc
-capitalize EP
-don't use words like "really" as much

I figured it'd be easier to just rewrite some of your stuff and give some ideas as opposed to explaining how to fix it. Cheers bro, enjoy your stay at Sputnik m/


DinoX
January 9th 2012


3582 Comments


wake me up wake me up inside wake me up wake me up inside save me!!! call my name and save me from the darrrrrk bid my blood to run before I come undone, save me from the nothing I've become ooooooooohoooooohoooooooooooooo

Hayzte
January 9th 2012


81 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Thanks man, really needed that check.

Acanthus
January 9th 2012


9545 Comments


Origins is where their potential shows imo

Digging: MO - No Mythologies To Follow

Hayzte
January 9th 2012


81 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I'll have to check that one out. I hope at least some songs are as good as "Understanding" quality-wise.

AsoTamaki
January 9th 2012


2525 Comments


This is a really good first EP. Yeah, it's a lot of simple singer-songwriter sounding type stuff, but the emotion is there and it sounds nice. It's great.

Shuyin
January 9th 2012


12048 Comments


^yeah origin is kinda cool tbh

Acanthus
January 9th 2012


9545 Comments


I like it a lot.

MisterSteel
January 9th 2012


453 Comments


Origin is the best thing they did.

Flugmorph
July 30th 2014


846 Comments


Nightwish - Once



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