Volume 96, Issue 92
Tuesday, March 25, 2003

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CD REVIEW: Evanescence

Not Garbage

Evanescence
Fallen
Wind-up



Rundown: Amy Lee's vocals are haunting yet powerful, and they provide Evanescence with a distinctiveness that will see the rock quartet hit mainstream before Fallen even sees its Canadian release.

Key Tracks: The band's first exposure came on the Daredevil soundtrack with the gripping "Bring Me To Life," but the album offers a veritable mosaic of treasures, from thumping rock in "Whisper" to the soft, textured "My Immortal." A truly inspired track, intermixing delicate piano with a thrashing chorus is "Imaginary."

Sounds Like: Heaven colliding with hell. Evanescence is an amazing debut, but overall it is truly melancholic. Comparisons to Garbage and even Tori Amos or the Cranberries are inevitable, but while there are a few pop rock tracks we've all heard before, most of this album is excitingly fresh.

–Emmett Macfarlane

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