So, I've been listening to the new Evanescence song "Call Me When You're Sober," which is off of their forthcoming album "The Open Door" (which comes out in October). Okay, I'll admit it, I've illegally downloaded the track... but I'm going to buy the album, so I don't feel guilty (and for people who know me, it takes a lot to get me to go out and get any CD - so you know by this that I really like the band).
Now, "The Open Door" is Evanescence's second full length studio album (for the sake of this entry, I'll ignore Origin and their two EPs, and consider Fallen their first album - and of course ignore the live album "Anywhere But Home"), but as this is the first studio album post-Ben Moody, my first thought is seeing where their music will shift to. If the single "Call Me When You're Sober" is any sign though, I would say that it is a move in a positive direction.
Now, I am a fan of this band, but I found their previous release "Fallen" to contain songs which I loved, but that I often had to qualify it with "but they can be overly angsty." I'm happy to say that this song is, honestly, a move in a positive direction.
Now, you may say, "But Trae, 'Call Me When You're Sober' is a pretty angsty song!" Well, there's a difference though when you compare this particular track to Amy Lee's previous performances. First off, the emotional tone the song is actually quite different. Lee's vocals and the accompanying music take on a very empowered tone - which is in stark contrast to the previous, almost helpless tone of songs like "Going Under," "My Last Breath," and "My Immortal" off of "Fallen." In fact, in the middle of the bridge of "Call Me When You're Sober" the song actually hits a major chord (*gasp*) as Lee says "It's Over." Overall, I think that the track actually takes a proactive feel, versus the almost passive concepts that drive the band's prior releases.
Perhaps Amy Lee is growing up. She has confirmed in interview that the song is about her ex-boyfriend Shaun Morgan of the band Seether (who is currently in rehab). It feels like Amy Lee actually has something to say this time around... I can only hope that this change in tone reflects on the entirety of the album... of course, I'll probably still like it either way (as I enjoyed "Fallen").
I don't know - I have my hopes up.
In anycase, I guess I'll find out on October 3rd.
Don't take this personally or anything, but I absolutely can't stand Evanescence. Maybe it's the whiny vocals or the over-the-top emo-rock lyrics of their current singles. I dunno. Kudos to you if you like them, but I still cringe whenever I hear them on the radio. :O
(And just a note to Kellin - the whole point of my entry is that this new single isn't really whiny at all - and that the proactive non-crybaby tone is what makes it better than their older stuff. The song is effectively her telling off her exboyfriend... it's a raised middle finger more than anything. )
sorry im not signed in, its theresa. but im in agreement with trae here. i never particularily liked evanescence because they were so... as kellin says whiney. their style and love of costumetry was great though! but i enjoy "call me when your sober". it sounded as if theyve turned around. instead of being whiney, ms. lee (also, very pretty in the video <3) just says fuck you. whats the point of getting upset over your issues? my kudos to them.