Evanescence (Deluxe Version)
Label: The Bicycle Music Company
With their third album, a self-titled affair, Evanescence have shed much of the post-grunge crunch marking previous efforts (particularly Fallen). This isn't to imply the record is lacking in rock riffage. Just check out "The Other Side" and "What You Want"; it's there for sure. But ultimately, the music's most spotlighted qualities are Amy Lee's diva-worthy vocal gymnastics and the orchestral flourishes now woven into nearly every track. Also present are subtle touches of piano and electronica. The end result is easily the most melodic and pop-driven album the band has released to date.