Sound — 10
This new Evanescence album sounds like classic evanescence but with a renewed passion for the music. Amy sounds like she is having fun again. This album contains all of the spooky haunting melodies and heavy metal riffs you can handle but the guitar sound is slightly different then on the previous albums. I think this change is for the better, it makes the guitar sound more individual. There are many different stylistic ideas such as songs like "The Change", "The Secret Door" (Deluxe Edition of the album) and of course "What You Want". I love that they kept the classic sound but I also love that they added some new flavors to the mix. Evanescence keep it fresh as always.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics for this album are very centered around being free. In the song "What You Want" the entire song is rejoicing in the fact that Amy and the rest of the band are having fun and can do what they want because no one is holding them back. The lyrics to "Made Of Stone" reflect self defense and standing up for yourself. Some of the most beautiful, deep, and meaningful lyrics are found in "Lost In Paradise" which is a very powerful/emotional song that Amy performs on piano and then a huge band section comes in.
Overall Impression — 10
This album compares very well with the others, in fact I would say this album is better than "Fallen"... Only because fallen isn't as "themed" as this album. "Fallen" is more of like a greatest hits album lol. And if I lost this album I would get three more! And they would be deluxe editions!