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ranking and reviewing all of the evanescence albums and eps (and yes, i mean ALL of them.)

EDIT: i changed some of the positions and reviews of a few albums, i felt i was a bit harsh with self titled and i wanted to show it more love lmao

i'm bored so i figured i'd give my personal ranking and opinions on every single evanescence album and ep (including live albums, pre-fallen material, and lost whispers and synthesis, but excluding ultra rare trax and other unofficial demo compilations due to them not being actually released by the band and one- off singles like the chain or the across the universe covers). my ranking might change so keep an eye out for future edits or entries.

* disclaimer: these are MY opinions on the albums and i don't want them to be taken as fact. if you have your own opinions, leave a comment, i'd love to hear your thoughts! but be respectful. hate comments towards me, the band, or other people in the comments will get deleted.

1. the open door
obviously. zero skips, a beautiful mixture of metal and classical, and the biggest, most elegant middle finger to former evanescence guitarist co founder and abusive control freak ben moody, as well as the band's record label at the time wind-up records (who nearly made them scrap this album until amy fought like hell to let them release it) and amy's ex boyfriend and seether frontman shaun morgan (although i do have problems with amy making call me when you're sober about his alcoholism. if shaun did do something to amy {which sounds likely considering she felt the need to write a song about him} then she should've focused on that rather than his addiction.). every time i listen to tod it almost feels like a brand new experience; there's lots of small details in the background that i didn't catch the last thousand times i've listened to it. they created something that was pretty experimental for a mainstream band during that time, and while it didn't reach the same success that fallen did, it was, in my opinion, far better in terms of lyricism, sound, and message and it was beautiful to see what the band could do without ben limiting them and trying to make them a commercial band.

2. synthesis
people are gonna hate me for this but idc stay mad. synthesis is a beautiful, raw remake album that features no guitars, but an orchestra mixed with mesmerizing synths that all work perfectly with amy's voice. i've never heard anything quite like this before and i'm so glad it happened. this was a passion project that amy wanted to do ever since the band was working on their self-titled album, and man did it not disappoint! i actually had the pleasure of seeing evanescence during the synthesis tour, and it was absolutely a unique experience and it added a new layer of beauty to the album. while many fans complained that this album wasn't rock or that the other members just sat there doing nothing or whatever, the band was more than happy to let amy go through with this and they did have their part in the making of the album (hell, jen majura learned how to play the theremin solely for synthesis). it's the perfect album for laying in bed and feeling both everything and nothing at once, just staying in the moment and letting amy's rich, powerful voice wash away your pain and worries in an ocean of strings and synths. 

3. the bitter truth
this is their latest album and hoooo boy, the anticipation for this album was real. i was seeing amy on the news doing interview after interview promoting tbt and teasing us with what to expect. while i do have a few gripes with some of the tracks (mostly with the god awful mixing that nick raskulinecz did with his part of the album please stop letting him produce your albums ev im begging you), it's a solid album and an amazing comeback. i like how there was a bit of every ev album in tbt, ranging from the tearful piano ballad far from heaven that featured these low, haunting strings that felt reminiscent of fallen, to the dark, almost sexy feel of feeding the dark that felt like a modern version of lose control off of the open door, to the blend of heavy guitars and synths throughout the album that we got in their self-titled record, there was something for every evanescence fan in it (and yes, even the pre-fallen fans that like that raw, unpolished feel that the album opener artifact/the turn showcased) and it was AWESOME to see live with jen doing backup vocals and everything. the only skip on the album is use my voice tbh. don't get me wrong, i love the message behind it and i'm glad ev is getting more politically involved especially with what's been happening these days, and the song had a lot of potential due to the message and the fact that it features lzzy hale from halestorm, taylor momsen from the pretty reckless, sharon den adel from within temptation and many more, but the thing is, that potential was absolutely wasted. nick mixed it to where you can literally only hear amy (it's like the chain cover all over again i'm so pissed), plus the lyrics were just not quite there yet (tbh if she just said "call me a bitch" instead of "label me a bitch" i wouldn't have much of a problem with it and it would've flowed with the song a LOT better, like seriously that line irks me so much lmao). anyway, very cool album, please see them live with korn if you can (and if you're vaxxed masked and careful).

4. evanescence
this was their comeback album after going on their first hiatus and they brought forth a bit of a newer and more mature sound. this album features more synths than their previous albums and the guitars are real nice and heavy; it made me appreciate synths more, especially in rock/metal. they experimented with the harp a little bit with the closing track swimming home, which is absolutely gorgeous and never fails to make me cry. this album it honestly what made me fall in love with evanescence (and also what got me into writing), and i tend to forget that sometimes. i think it deserves more love than i previously gave it. downsides to this album are mostly based on the mixing (this was their first album with producer nick raskulinecz who personally i don't think his mixing style works with ev or really a lot of the bands he's worked with, but the two deftones albums he did were really good). sometimes the guitars drowned everything out, other times it's amy's voice drowing everything else out. other than that, fantastic album, definitely recommend.
 
5. fallen
usually you'd see this at the top of everyone lists, but oh well lmao. i went back and listened to the full thing again recently and without the pressure of not wanting to sound like every other ev fan, i can say that i love it and it's still an incredible album that deserved the attention it got, and it's not my favorite nor least favorite, and that's okay. this album, while still trying to aim for that commercial feel that ben wanted, still stood out as something drastically different than what was popular with rock and metal at the time, which is part of the reason why fallen was such a hit. like with many other fans, bring me to life was my first true exposure to this band (serious thanks to the internet for turning it into a meme i would've probably never got into metal without bmtl becoming a joke) and it holds a lot of nostalgia and memories to me. it's always such a treat to listen to it and scream-sing all the lyrics. 

5. evanescence ep
oh yeah, we're going waaaaay back. this is the band's first ever release from 1998 when amy and ben were teenagers, so while the lyrics and sound are not quite at the level the band was at when they made their official debut, their core (for lack of a better word) essence is still there and it still hits as hard as any of their current releases do. it's cool hearing their humble beginnings knowing what they have evolved into today. 

6. origin
what can i say, i like the classics. this was the demo album ev sent out to labels back in 2000, which contains soon to be beloved fallen tracks, a bit of reworked songs from their previous eps, and raw material that never saw the light of day past that album. while many (including amy herself sometimes) tend to write it off as unpolished, edgy, cringey demos, you could hear their potential and i personally enjoy the raw and dramatic side of it. i really like that album's version of imaginary, i think they should've kept the old chorus in the fallen version.

8. lost whispers
one word: underrated. i know it's literally just a compilation of b-sides and stuff, but there's a LOT of hidden gems and deep cuts that deserve recognition! a lot of these songs deserved to be on the main tracklists, especially if you don't mind and a new way to bleed. i like the reworked version of even in death from origin, but tbh i prefer the original. overall, it's a cool compilation album and i wish it had a CD release, i'd love to have it for my collection. 

9. synthesis live
i'm not much of a live album person which is why it's kinda low but holy shit man, listen to it, or better yet watch it, it's STUNNING. i wish they kept playing some of the non synthesis tracks when they did the summer 2018 leg of the tour (aka when i saw them) especially their synthesis version of weight of the world (which also isn't on this album), but hey maybe next time if they ever do something like that again. this really solidifies the fact that synthesis is very much a must see live sort of thing, it's just so beautiful to hear in concert. it's on the lower side because again, not much of a live album person and i just don't listen to it all that much, but if you're a fan of live albums you'll love this! 

9. sound asleep ep
this was ev's second ever release all the way back from 1999. it once again has understanding (my favorite pre fallen song) from ev ep along with a new version of it. it's a pretty alright ep, definitely not as good as ev ep imo and most of it is just two versions of the same song (undestanding ev ep version/understanding sound asleep version and long and short versions of ascension of the spirit) and generally i tend to forget it exists. points for the sound asleep version of understanding being good though.

10. anywhere but home
this is the live album they did in 2004 and again, i'm not really one for live albums. amy's voice was definitely not at the level it's at now when shes performing live, but that's mainly bc this was the band's first tour, she was running around and not giving herself enough time to breathe properly, she still didn't have much of a proper vocal technique down yet, and this was towards the end of a long, exhausting tour and it was clear that she was getting worn out vocally and needed a rest. i love their cover of thoughtless though, that's what got me into korn and nu metal in general. also, the behind the scenes bit in the dvd is fucking hilarious, they're such goofballs. 

11. mystary ep
tbh i don't even know if this counts or if it's even "official" (as in, not fan-made), which is why this is last. the ep is literally just four tracks from fallen + one of the bsides. they aren't really demos, they're literally just the fallen versions. not much to say about it just listen to fallen lmao.

alright, i'm pretty sure that's everything. this took me like two hours so please leave a comment with your opinions on my list or your very own ranking, and let me know if you want me to do things like this in the future with other bands or with album tracklists and stuff. this was pretty fun :)


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