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pick of the week; EVANESCENCE The Open Door (Wind-Up).

Byline: by Paul Cole, Jack Daniels, David Brook

IF it ain't broke, don't fix it. After their debut album shipped gold orplatinum in no fewer than 35 countries, Evanescence return with aset once more built round the soaring vocal of Amy Lee and guitar crunch of Terry Balsamo.

Songs such as Sweet Sacrifice and Call Me When You're Sobersoon show it's business as usual - but it's where they do ring the changes that prove most intriguing.

The atmospheric Lacrymosa finds the band backed by strings and a church choir, and closing track Good Enough is simply Lee backed by an orchestra, perhaps suggesting a solo album any day soon.

Spine-tingling moments? There are two - Lee's impossibly high note during Lithium (not the Nirvana song of the same name) and Balsamo's guitar chops in Like You. PC
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Oct 8, 2006
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