Anywhere But Home [DVD] review by Evanescence

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  • Released: Nov 23, 2004
  • Sound: 8
  • Content: 10
  • Production Quality: 8
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.9 (14 votes)
Evanescence: Anywhere But Home [DVD]

Sound — 8
This DVD is great for any fan. It was made after Ben Moody left the group, and so there is less lead guitar work, but it's still a good glimpse into the band. Musically, the band is tight, and the little things they've done to slightly alter the sound of the songs are awesome. Some very cool additions are two B-Sides, with Farther Away and Breathe No More, as well as the addition of Thoughtless, a cover orginally done by Korn. Also, on the CD, they add another B-Side done in the studio, Missing. The sound is a little off in the beginning, with Amy's voice being a little lost in the mix, and the guitar's being different volumes, but it evens out as the show progresses, much like a concert, lol. One thing some will notice is the guitar solo's have been changed in Haunted and Going Under. At first it's a little strange to hear, but after awhile, they grow on you. For those of you familiar with Fallen, this is basically a really good live representation of that CD, with some added things.

Content — 10
The DVD/CD contains a live concert, behind the scenes footage, and a hidden live performace, that is pretty easy to find if you put it in a computer. It's almost impossible not to find it. The concert is an awesome performance. The band has grown with Terry Balsamo, who replaced Moody, into a really cohesive unit. Hard not to with almost two years of touring. This is noticable in Bring Me To Life. If you listen to the way the two guitars work with each other in the beginning, while very simple in technique and idea, it has a really strong punch to it not seen in the original recording. The DVD really shines when you watch the behind the scenes footage. You get a good glimpse into the personality of each member, and see what they are like away from the stage. Each member has their own unique spin on things, adding a lot of humorous moments. In fact, there are very few moments that don't at least bring a smile to your face. From the rock star attitudes towards pretzels, to McDonald's baseball, to the most outgoing buttcrack awards, the band show's that they aren't the brooding, depressed people they're portrayed as. They are just like everyone else. Just in a really successful band. Oh yeah, and watching them get drunk is classic.

Production Quality — 8
I think the way the concert is portrayed is amazing to a point. Most of the songs are given camera tricks and editing and such, almost so much that you lose the entire feel of being at a concert. If the editing tricks used weren't so damn cool, it wouldn't work. It's really put together well, and every song has a different theme. Aside from the small sound issue's in the beginning, and the editing orgasm, this DVD is spectacular.

Overall Impression — 10
This is one of the best DVD/CD packages I've seen. It offers an awesome concert, hilarious behind the scenes footage, a CD with the entire concert on it, as well as a B-Side. The concert album artwork is wicked, the menus have a very nightmare before christmas feel, and it's really just a fun DVD to watch. I highly recommend it to anyone, even if you aren't an Evanescence fan, if only just to watch the behind the scenes. And if you are a Evanescence fan, you couldn't go wrong.

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