It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything from those gothic rockers Evanescence, but they’re back in good form with their self-titled album. Basically, if you like Evanescence you’ll like this album.
Amy Lee’s voice continues to be top notch, and is still the main draw to this dark rock/metal fusion. The entire album holds a pretty steady pace, not deviating much from the classic driving almost-metal that the band has built their career on. Lee’s piano skills make an occasional appearance, which helps to switch things up.
“Lost in Paradise” showcases the most artistic talent of any song on the album; it reminds me of “My Immortal” at first, but then picks up much like Avenged Sevenfold’s “Seize the Day.” This band clearly knows how to balance power and feeling, which makes me wonder why they don’t do it more often.
The only complete departure from everything we know about Evanescence comes in the last song “Swimming Home,” which is my favorite on the album. It’s like nothing else you’ve heard by them, and its completely unique feel is refreshing after listening to 11 songs of straight gothic rock.
Aside from that song, the album is exactly as the title says: Evanescence. They tell you what it is and you’ll get what you expect, and those two changeups upgrade the album from just a solid return to a possible fan-favorite. You won’t get any new hits like “Going Under” from this one, but you’ll get enough fresh material that you won’t care.