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Evanescence
Studio album by Evanescence
Released October 7, 2011
Recorded February 2010–June 2011; Blackbird Studio, Nashville, Tennessee
Genre Alternative metal, nu metal,[1] hard rock[1]
Length 47:15 (Standard)
61:42 (Deluxe)
Label Wind-up
Producer Nick Raskulinecz
Evanescence chronology
The Open Door
(2006)
Evanescence
(2011)
Singles from Evanescence
  1. "What You Want"
    Released: August 9, 2011
  2. "My Heart Is Broken"
    Released: November 11, 2011
  3. "Lost in Paradise"
    Released: May 25, 2012

Evanescence is the self-titled third studio album by American rock band Evanescence released on October 7, 2011, through Wind-up Records. The band started the writing process for the album in June 2009. The release of the album was changed several times; on February 22, 2010, the band entered the studio with producer Steve Lillywhite, but later they stopped recording the album with him because he "wasn't the right fit". During that time the album was scheduled for an August or September 2010 release, but Lee later announced that Evanescence had left the studio to write more material. On April 11, 2011, the band went back into the studio with a new producer, Nick Raskulinecz.

According to Lee, the band drew influences from Björk, Depeche Mode, Massive Attack, MGMT and Portishead in the album. The songs on Evanescence contain elements of gothic rock, nu-metal and hard rock as well as new electro elements. Upon its release, the album received generally positive reviews from music critics who praised the new musical elements in the sound of the songs and Lee's vocals. However, some of them criticized it for being similar to the band's older material. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart with 127,000 copies sold in its first week and it also topped four different Billboard charts; the Rock Albums, Digital Albums, Alternative Albums and Hard Rock Albums. The album was also successful worldwide appearing on the charts of over twenty countries. The band promoted Evanescence by premiering some of the songs online on various websites and appearing on several televised shows.

The first single from the album, "What You Want", was released on August 9, 2011. "My Heart Is Broken", the second single of the album, was released on November 11, 2011. "Lost in Paradise" was released internationally on May 25, 2012. "The Other Side" impacted U.S. Alternative and Modern rock radio on June 11, 2012, as a promotional single. In 2011, the band embarked their third worldwide tour, the Evanescence Tour in support of the album along with The Pretty Reckless and Fair to Midland.

Background and writing[edit]

In a news posting to the Evanescence website during June 2009, Amy Lee wrote that the band was in the process of writing new material for a new album proposed for release in 2010. She stated that the music would be an evolution of previous works and be "better, stronger, and more interesting".[2] Lee further described the music on Evanescence as epic, dark, big, beautiful and desperate.[3] During an interview with Spin magazine, Lee called the record fun which according to her was a totally new thing for the band. Lee revealed, "When I listen to our old music I see that's where I was in my life at that time. This has been a long trip and parts have been hard. But it's about not taking everything so seriously this time."[4]

In an interview with Billboard Lee said, "After finishing touring [behind 2006 album The Open Door], I just sort of took off and didn't know what I was going to do next and wasn't sure if the Evanescence thing would happen again or when it would."[5] She took a break from music for 18 months and in the end she decided she "wanted to work with the guys, and it became more of a group project".[5] Lee also admitted that she had an identity crisis saying, "[The success with] Fallen happened really fast, and it was just go, go, go for a couple years, and we went right into writing and wrote the next record. By the time we finished touring with The Open Door, I just needed to go, 'Who am I as an adult?'"[6] During that time, she started spending a lot of time painting and appreciating other people's work, going to concerts and museums and listening to folk and indie music.[7]

The writing process for the album started in 2009 when Lee wrote a song for the album, which was an electronic-driven song, a different direction from her usual style.[7] Lee said, "I remember listening to it over and over, just obsessing over it the way I used to obsess over Evanescence music. That was the spark for me – and the spark to go in the electronic direction and bring some of that into what Evanescence is doing."[7] She said that everyone in the band was involved in the writing of the songs, "Usually it's me and one main co-writer.[...] This time everybody had something to do with it from the ground up."[5] She revealed, "[...] we had a lot of sessions where everybody was at their instruments spitting out ideas. That was scary to me in the past. You have to be fast to keep up and I didn't have that confidence, which is funny, because I've played music all my life. Plus, everybody hasn’t always agreed on what they wanted the band to sound like. But now, we're all on the same page and everybody brings something good to the table, so working like that made for special moments I couldn’t have come up with myself."[7]

Recording and development[edit]

The producer of the first session for Evanescence was Steve Lillywhite

Evanescence entered the studio on February 22, 2010, to begin recording for the album. Will Hunt returned as drummer while a second drummer and programmer, Will "Science" Hunt, was brought in to assist in writing but ultimately did not join the band.[8][9] David Campbell, who previously worked with the band on their second album The Open Door, was brought back to handle string arrangements,[10] and the album was scheduled for release by the producer Steve Lillywhite.[11] Lee later said that "Steve wasn't the right fit" and added that the band was on an experimental trip, trying different things and seeing what was right but when they tried to record the songs which Lee wrote without the band, "it wasn't working."[4] She also revealed that the songs which were written with Lillywhite were of a slow tempo and acoustic and didn't flow with Evanescence's sound.[12]

At the time the band began recording with Lillywhite, the album was intended for an August or September 2010 release.[13] However, on June 21, 2010, Lee announced on EvThreads.com that Evanescence had temporarily left the studio to work further on the album and "get our heads into the right creative space". Lee also indicated that record label Wind-up was going through "uncertain times", which would further delay the release of the album.[14] Wind-up Records president Ed Vetri supported Lee's decision to start recording all over again: "One thing we do at Wind-up is, we're patient. I[f] it's not right, it's not coming out. If it takes a year or four years, [we're] going to take the time it needs to write the right record."[5] Having visited the studio several times to witness the album progressing, he stated that "her core fans will be really happy."[5]

"I've come to realize now I was making like a solo record, and if it was going to be an Evanescence record, we needed to come together and make it like a band. That was a hard time for me. I thought I knew what I wanted and it sort of didn't happen like I wanted it to...But I have to say I feel so strong about what we're doing now...We still have some of the same songs from those sessions but we've made them about the band."

— Amy Lee about the first sessions for the album.[5]

The band re-entered the studio in early April with nineteen songs and new producer Nick Raskulinecz, who has produced music for Alice in Chains and Foo Fighters, to continue work on their third album,[15][16] which was recorded in Blackbird Studio in Nashville.[3][5] The mixing of Evanescence was done by Randy Staub.[17] After an initial denial by band management, on June 12, Lee confirmed that Troy McLawhorn had rejoined the band as a guitarist.[16] At the same time, Lee announced that the album would be released on October 4, 2011, which was later pushed back to October 11 by Wind-up Records.[18] Lee explained that after the band got into the studio, she wanted the album to come out as soon as possible because it had been a long time since their last album.[19] During the sessions, the instruments by the other members of Evanescence were recorded first, the pianos second and Lee's vocals were recorded at the end for a longer time because the songs were very hard according to Lee and she had to "push" herself vocally.[19] During the recording, producer Nick Raskulinecz helped her to work out when the album was finished.[19] Lee revealed that the recording with Raskulinecz made the album a rock record.[4] She stated:

"Nick is an awesome producer. He really helped me get the plan and have confidence in the decisions that we made. For me, I have a lot of ideas and sometimes it just comes down to 'OK, everything that I'm doing I have two options!' He's awesome, because as I'm doing these things I'm asking him from the vocal booth or the piano room or whatever, 'Which one of these should I do?' He's good at helping me make a quick decision. I really trust his opinion because he makes great records."[19]

Title and concept[edit]

During an interview with Kerrang! in June 2011, Lee revealed that the album's title would be Evanescence.[20] She explained that she realized how much she loved the band and got back in a "real, fuller way", realizing that the band is a "true part of me" and "makes me really, really happy to be here."[6] Lee also revealed the reasoning behind the title of the album: "It's about the band; it's more of a band record. But I started thinking about it, and it's also that this whole record and the lyrical content and a lot of the things that it's about to me is about falling back in love with this thing, with Evanescence, with what I've obsessed over for a decade, longer than that."[3] She also revealed, "I had a lot of album title ideas. But as it became more and more about the band...the more collaborative it became, it just felt like this is who we are, it's a band. And to have that feeling in the music where the band is so pumped up, it was just the only title that felt right. It's about falling back in love with this thing in a major way."[12] During an interview with MTV News, Lee said that 16 songs had been recorded for the album, but that not all of them would be included on the album.[3] Later it was revealed that all of the songs would be placed in a deluxe edition of the album and the standard edition would contain 12 songs.[21]

The cover artwork for the album was revealed on August 30, 2011, on Evanescence's official website. It showed the name of the band written on a black background.[22] It is the first album cover by the band that does not show Lee.[22] During an interview Lee talked about the cover artwork saying, "Well, both of our other records are me on the cover, and I think it's cool to have that photo, you know, that people can look at and go, 'OK, that's who that is.' But I feel like, by now, they know who we are, and I wanted something really different. I didn't feel like we had to put a photo on the cover, I wanted it to be more mysterious and more about Evanescence itself, not just me."[22] She added, "The idea to not have any photos on the outside I thought was really cool. And all the images and the artwork is a play on the meaning of the word 'Evanescence.' It means 'to dissipate like vapor,' so I decided to go with light and vapor... it's really about Evanescence, not just me."[22]

Composition[edit]

Musical style and inspiration[edit]

"Looser. This album is not so glossy or tight. It's more instinctive. It's big on groove and there's some real musicianship that we're really proud of. Everyone knows our sound but that's just a foundation and we've danced on top of that! It's still very heavy and dark but we were having fun with it."

— Amy Lee about the sound of the album.[5]

During the sessions that the band had with Steve Lillywhite, Lee described the album as a "rainbow of sounds" with heavy songs and stripped out songs.[23] She added that the album had electro influences and a lot of drum programming.[24][25] Later during the sessions with Nick Raskulincecz, Lee talked about the theme of the album saying that she was inspired by nature, "The ocean's been a theme. Brokenness has become a little bit of theme, without necessarily offering a solution."[4] She added that the band used a lot of new instruments such as harp, synthesizers and vintage keyboards like the Moog Taurus Pedal.[4] In an interview with Kerrang!, she further added that she was inspired by life saying, "The music is about me [and] my relationships. The music and the lyrics have gone more aggressive than they ever have before too."[20]

Lee cited Björk (pictured) as an influence on Evanescence.

Lee noted that the album was fun but not in a "poppy way". She added that the band had fun during the recording of the songs. The themes were about "brokenness, the quest for freedom, and then there's songs that are just about falling in love".[26] Another inspiration came from her relationship with Evanescence's fans. Lee revealed, "I can really hear myself singing about my relationship with Evanescence and with the fans. There's always one big relationship on a record that I sing about the most. I feel like my big relationship on this album [is] with Evanescence itself, and with the fans. I think lyrically you're hearing a lot about a relationship, a struggle with a relationship or love in a relationship, and mostly I'm singing about that."[27][28] In an interview with Spin magazine, Lee said that she wrote some songs on harp (which was a gift from her husband[29]) including the ballads "Secret Door" and "My Heart Is Broken".[4]

For the album, the band was influenced by artists like Björk, Depeche Mode, Massive Attack, MGMT and Portishead.[29][30] Lee said during an interview, "I remember when I first heard MGMT, their first record – I loved it, loved it. And I actually started getting inspired around that time with synthesizers and stuff. I have always loved Portishead, Massive Attack, those electro things... Some of that has made it here. But I think when I finally found the sweet spot was combining the two things, combining Evanescence with some new elements."[29] Lewis Corner of the website Digital Spy noted that rumbling guitars and dainty strings were present on most of the songs on the album.[31] "Amy Lee declares over roaring guitars and classical strings, reinforcing their medieval influences as opposed to the electronic sound they've been purporting."[31]

Songs and lyrics[edit]

Amy Lee shares writing credits with other members of the band on 11 of the 12 songs.[32] The album's first track and lead single, "What You Want", was described as being one of the band's most different and heaviest songs with heavy guitar melodies, loud drums, and a freedom theme.[18] It opens with drums and a synchronized synthesizer whilst Lee sings "Do what you, what you want / If you have a dream for better / Do what you, what you want / 'Til you don't want it anymore"[33] before transferring into danceable guitar-driven beat.[34] Lyrically, the song is filled with the angst of a relationship that just is not quite working out despite the presence of love binding the pair together.[34] "Made of Stone" is one of the oldest songs on the album,[35] and has influences of heavy metal.[36] "The Change", originally titled "Purple",[35] begins with a gentle vibe that grows more insistent and has been compared to "Digital Bath" by the American alternative metal band Deftones.[37][38] The fourth track and second single from the album, "My Heart Is Broken", is a ballad that was originally written with a harp in stead of a piano before the final recording.[35] It begins with a piano and Lee's vocals before transferring to a drum beat accompanied by guitars and strings. During the chorus, Lee sings "I will never find a way to heal my soul/ And I will wander 'til the end of time/ Torn away from you/ My heart is broken".[37][39]

The fifth track, "The Other Side", has churning, chunky guitars, double-bass drum and Lee's "ethereal, widescreen" vocals, and has elements of R&B.[40] Lyrically, the main theme of the song is death.[40] "Lost in Paradise" is a rock ballad that begins with piano, strings, and Lee's unlayered vocals before the band kicks in during the song's climax. Lyrically, it reflects Lee's past struggles.[41][42] It was also written as an apology to her fans for the band's five-year absence.[43] The musical structure of the song was compared to "Jóga" by Icelandic recording artist Björk.[41] "Sick" has a loose and lazy melody and a chanted chorus.[44] It was one of the first songs written for the album and "set[s] a heavy direction for the rest of the record."[45] "End of the Dream" moves "full bore with chunky guitar, then falls into a brooding grove with piano underpinning Lee's unmistakable vocals."[46] In the chorus Lee sings "Follow your heart 'til it bleeds," evincing the track's "seize the day" message.[46] Talking about the song, Lee said "It's about understanding that this life isn't forever, and how you have to live it, embrace even the pain, before it's all over. As much as it hurts, it just means you're alive. So don't be so afraid to get hurt that you miss out on living."[46] "Oceans", starts with a big, low synth and a vocal, and then the band starts performing. Lee said that "It's big and lush. We've been having a lot of fun playing that one especially."[4] "Never Go Back" which was originally called "Orange" talks about "loss from the perspective of someone losing someone in a tragedy".[26] Lee revealed that the song was inspired by the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami,[47] which is also showcased in the lyrics "It's all gone, the only world I've ever known".[42] "Swimming Home" is an electro-pop song with grinding guitars and weeping piano.[44]

Release and promotion[edit]

First, during the Steve Lillywhite sessions, the album was scheduled for a release in August or September, 2010.[13] Later, during the sessions with Nick Raskulinecz, that date was pushed to October 4, 2011, which was later pushed back to October 11 by Wind-up.[18][48] In Germany, the album was released on October 7.[49] The deluxe edition of the album was available for pre-order on the iTunes Store.[50] Snippets of the songs "What You Want", "The Other Side" and "Lost in Paradise" were previewed on MTV News on July 11, 13, and 15, respectively.[18][40][41] Several songs from the album were made available online including "The Other Side" which premiered on September 21 at Hot Topic,[51] "My Heart Is Broken" on September 27,[39][52] and "End of the Dream" on October 4, 2011, on Spin;[46] all of the songs were made available on Spin on October 7.[46] A Renholdër remix of "Made of Stone" appears on the soundtrack and in the closing credits to the film Underworld: Awakening[53][54] and a Photek remix of "A New Way to Bleed" was included on the The Avengers soundtrack Avengers Assemble: Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture.[55]

On August 8, Evanescence appeared on MTV to premiere their first single "What You Want" with a live performance and later an extended interview.[6][56] The entire event was called "MTV First: Evanescence".[6][56][57] Lee went to Toronto's Liberty Studios on August 22, to preview five mastered songs from the new album to a selected crowd of thirty people.[17][37] She previewed "What You Want", "The Change", "The Other Side", "My Heart Is Broken" and "Lost in Paradise".[17][37] Evanescence appeared on the Rock in Rio festival on October 2, 2011, and performed "What You Want", "Made of Stone", "The Change", "The Other Side", "My Heart Is Broken", "Sick", and several songs from their previous two albums.[58] Prior to the release of the album in the United States, Amy Lee appeared on Billboard on October 11, 2011, to promote Evanescence.[59][60] On October 15, 2011, Evanescence appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and performed their songs "What You Want" and "Going Under".[61] On December 12, 2011, the band appeared on the Nobel Peace Prize Concert where they performed "Lost in Paradise" and "Bring Me to Life" (2003).[62] On February 1, 2012, the band performed "My Heart Is Broken" during The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.[63] On February 3, 2012, they performed "Made of Stone" and "The Other Side" on Conan.[64]

Tour[edit]

Amy Lee performing on October 25, 2011, during the Evanescence Tour.
Main article: Evanescence Tour

Evanescence began their tour in promotion of the album with a concert at War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, on August 17, 2011.[65] This was followed by performances at Rock on the Range in Winnipeg on August 20,[66] Rock in Rio on October 2,[67][68] and José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum, Puerto Rico on October 6.[65][69] The band kicked off the tour in the United States on October 10 in Oakland, California, and finished it in New York City.[12] They also had several concerts in the United Kingdom which began at London's Hammersmith Apollo on November 4, 2011, and ran until November 13, when the band closed the tour at the O2 Academy Birmingham.[70] Their performances were supported by The Pretty Reckless,[71] Fair to Midland[70] and Rival Sons.[72] The set list of the tour contained songs from all three Evanescence albums.[21] Lee stated, "We're definitely focusing mainly on the new material. We're really excited about that music the most – obviously it's the newest – but of course we'll be playing some from both of our other albums too. I guess I'd say in general, our show's on the heavy-energy side, so we'll be running around singing a lot of fast songs."[73] The Evanescence Tour continued with concerts in the United States, Asia and Europe.[73]

Evanescence toured through various locales worldwide throughout 2012, including Rock in Rio Lisboa in Portugal and at Rock am Ring in Germany. The South American tour began on October 4 in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and the band returned to the UK for four events in November 2012. Evanescence also appeared on the Carnival of Madness tour with Halestorm, Cavo, New Medicine, and Chevelle. The tour began on July 31, 2012, at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield, Illinois, and ended September 2, 2012, at the Buffalo Outer Harbor Site in Buffalo, New York.[74]

Singles[edit]

"What You Want", the first single of the album was released digitally on August 9, 2011.[75] The song, which was written by Amy Lee, Terry Balsamo and Tim McCord, talks about freedom which is a constant theme on the whole album.[18] The song was well received by fans,[76][77] and by music critics who praised Amy Lee '​s vocals.[78][79] The single debuted at number one on the UK Rock Chart, making Evanescence the artist with the most number-one singles on the chart for 2011.[80] It also peaked at number 68 and 72 on the Billboard Hot 100 and UK Singles Chart respectively.[81][82] The video for "What You Want" was filmed on July 30, 2011, in a warehouse in Brooklyn, New York, and was directed by Meiert Avis.[83] It was released on September 13, 2011, and it showed the band performing the song live.[84] Critics praised the video for its "crystal clear" shots and the live performance of the song.[84][85][86] Evanescence premiered the song live on MTV on August 8 during a special show called "MTV First: Evanescence", which was also the first performance of the song.[6][56]

"My Heart Is Broken" was released to Hot/Modern/AC radio on October 31, 2011,[87] and to pop radio on November 1, 2011, as the first mainstream single, and the second single from the album overall. The official music video was released in January 2012. "My Heart is Broken" also officially impacted Alternative and Modern Rock radio on February 13, 2012.[88][89] The next pop single, "Lost in Paradise", was released as the third overall single on May 25, 2012, and only internationally. The official music video for "Lost in Paradise", released on February 14, 2013, focuses on the band's live tour, featuring footage of the band performing the song filmed by fans in the crowd from around the world. "The Other Side" is a promotional rock single which impacted Modern Rock radio on June 11, 2012,[90] and Alternative radio on June 12, 2012.[91] A lyric video was uploaded to the band's YouTube channel on August 30, 2012, but Lee stated that no music video would be made for it.[92]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (63/100)[93]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[94]
Digital Spy 4/5 stars[31]
Entertainment Weekly (B)[95]
IGN (8/10)
Kerrang! 5/5 stars[42]
Los Angeles Times 2.5/4 stars[96]
PopMatters (5/10)[97]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[98]
Spin (5/10)[44]
USA Today 2.5/4 stars[99]

The album has received mostly positive reviews from music critics.[93] Metacritic assigned an average score of 63 to the album based on 8 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[93] Before its release, the album was placed on several lists including Spin '​s "26 Fall Albums That Matter Most",[100] Entertainment Weekly '​s "Fall Albums We Can't Wait to Hear",[101] and Rolling Stone '​s "Fall Music Preview: The Season's Hottest Albums".[102] Steve Beebee of rock magazine Kerrang! gave the album five stars out of five, claiming that it is "easily their most cohesive and confident work"[42] and their "best album to date".[42] Rick Florino of Artistdirect wrote that the album was "their best album to date and a new classic" and added, "Evanescence represent modern rock at its finest, and this album is further proof. They manage to experiment while staying unshakably infectious. That's not an easy feat, and few acts manage to do that. Evanescence is spacey, soaring, strong, and utterly alive."[103] In another review, he called the album "mind-blowing", saying that Lee's vocal range "remains beyond impressive as she carries immortal melodies to the heavens and back."[104]

Allmusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine praised Raskulinecz's production, Lee's vocals, the "fair share of crossover hooks" and added that the band sounded "less tortured tonally even if it remains quite dramatic."[94] Entertainment Weekly's Kyle Anderson said "when she [Lee] uses baroque orchestral accoutrements to wage an air assault on her demons... she's more than just the token girl in the pit."[95] Lewis Corner of the website Digital Spy gave the album four stars out of five, stating that the band's trademark sound was present on the album, "and truth be told, we wouldn't want it any other way."[31] Mark Lepage of The Gazette concluded that the album was "so solid that it begins to sound like one rolling, chugging, plangent epic."[105] Chad Grischow of IGN wrote that Evanescence was a "great album that delivers the familiar while keeping an eye on the future."[106] Rob Williams of Winnipeg Free Press classified the album as gothic nu-metal and hard rock with dramatic orchestration that makes everything sound "big and alive" and concluded, "With so many extra bells and whistles, despair has never sounded so epic."[1] Marc Hirsh of The Boston Globe concluded that the album captures "each party elevating the other far above where their proclivities would get them on their own."[107]

Nick Catucci of Rolling Stone said that the album consists mostly of "syrupy mix of piano, guitar and strings" which according to him, weren't as "saucy" as the band's other material.[98] Chris Willman of Reuters said that "every interchangeable tune on the new album also sounds designed to play over the end credits of an action blockbuster that takes itself too seriously".[108] Theon Weber of Spin gave a mixed review of the album, saying that "you might expect that the problem with Evanescence's third album of epic goth theater is that Lee's band hold her back. Instead, it's that they don't hold her back enough" and added that "Evanescence gets lost in the cavernous spaces carved out by their unsecret weapon."[44] Edna Gundersen of USA Today criticized Raskulinecz '​s production and the electronic sound of the album, saying "Tempered, her [Lee's] emotional wail enhances the hypnotic medieval magic of signature Evanescence tunes. Some electronics slip into the mix, but the band's rock essence and penchant for weepy strings remain prominent, as does its flair for conveying wretched despair."[99] PopMatters '​ Dane Prokofiev gave a mixed review about the decision of making a self-titled album saying that it was a step for a newly created band. However, he praised the "noticeable increase in the prominence of choir singing, tinkling piano motifs, and the silky sound of string instruments."[97] He also concluded that the songs on the deluxe edition were the best ones and that they sounded more memorable than any of the songs on the standard edition.[97] Steven Hyden of The A.V. Club gave a negative review for the album writing: "Maniacally narcissistic, Evanescence is corny in the way only music so grim and humorless—and yet irredeemably stupid—can be."[109]

Chart performance[edit]

"What can I say, we're thrilled about it! We made an album that we're really proud of and now we get to watch it fly. We weren't expecting this and we're just so grateful to our fans."

— Amy Lee about the commercial success of the album.[110]

Released on October 11, 2011, in the United States, Evanescence debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 for the week of October 15, selling more than 127,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. This became Evanescence's second album to debut at number one on this chart.[111] However, the first week of sales were lower than the band's last album The Open Door, which sold more than 447,000 copies in its first week.[111] It declined to number four the following week, selling more than 40,000 copies.[112] Evanescence also managed to top the Digital Albums, Top Rock Albums, Alternative Albums and the Hard Rock Albums chart in the same country.[113] It became the 141st best-selling album of 2011 in the United States.[114] As of August 2012, Evanescence has sold 421,000 copies in the U.S.[115]

Evanescence sold more than 2,000 copies on its first day of sales in the United Kingdom[116] and later debuted at number four on the UK Albums Chart selling 26,221 copies in its first week.[117] It was certified Silver by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) on November 11, 2011, denoting shipments of over 60,000 copies.[118] It was certified Gold in Australia in 2012, denoting shipments over 35,000 copies.[119]

Track listing[edit]

  • All songs produced by Nick Raskulinecz.
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "What You Want"   Amy Lee, Terry Balsamo, Tim McCord 3:41
2. "Made of Stone"   Lee, Balsamo, McCord, Will Hunt, Troy McLawhorn, Will B. Hunt 3:32
3. "The Change"   Lee, Balsamo, McCord, Hunt, McLawhorn 3:42
4. "My Heart Is Broken"   Lee, Balsamo, McCord, Hunt, Zach Williams 4:29
5. "The Other Side"   Lee, Balsamo, McCord, Hunt 4:05
6. "Erase This"   Lee, Balsamo, McCord, McLawhorn 3:55
7. "Lost in Paradise"   Lee 4:42
8. "Sick"   Lee, Balsamo, McCord, Hunt, B. Hunt 3:30
9. "End of the Dream"   Lee, Balsamo, McCord, Hunt, B. Hunt 3:49
10. "Oceans"   Lee, Balsamo, McCord 3:38
11. "Never Go Back"   Lee, Balsamo, McCord 4:27
12. "Swimming Home"   Lee, B. Hunt 3:43
Total length:
47:15

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits are taken from Allmusic[123] and the album's liner notes.[124]

  • Chapman Baehler – photography
  • Zach Blackstone – mixing assistant
  • Claire Bryant – cello
  • David Campbell – consultant
  • Claire Chan – violin
  • Jonathan Dinklage – viola, violin
  • Peter Donovan – bass
  • Dave Eggar – cello
  • Evanescence – composer
  • Paul Fig – engineer
  • William B. Hunt – composer, programming
  • Ted Jensen – mastering
  • Michelle Lukianovich – package design
  • Andrew Lurie – management
  • Mike Mongillo – product manager
  • Maxim Moston – violin
  • John Nicholson – drum technician
  • Suzy Perelman – violin
  • Sarah Pratt – violin
  • Nick Raskulinecz – producer
  • Michael Roth – violin
  • Antoine Silverman – concert master, contractor
  • Mike Simmons – bass technician, guitar technician
  • Phillis Sparks – instrument technician
  • Randy Staub – mixing
  • Hiroko Taguchi – viola, violin
  • Entcho Todorov – violin
  • Chris Vrenna – keyboards, programming[125]
  • Gregg Wattenberg – A&R
  • Zach Williams – composer
  • Anja Wood – cello
  • Nathan Yarborough – assistant engineer

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Australia[167] October 7, 2011 CD, digital download Universal Music
Germany[49] Wind-up
Ireland[168][169] Virgin Records
United Kingdom[170] October 10, 2011
Poland[171] Wind-up
France[172] EMI
Denmark[173] Capitol
Netherlands[174] Universal Music
United States[48][175] October 11, 2011 Wind-up
Italy[176] Virgin
Canada[177] EMI Music Canada
Finland[178] October 12, 2011 EMI Music Finland
Japan[121] EMI Music Japan
Sweden[179] Wind-up
Mexico[180] October 25, 2011
China[181] March 1, 2012 Starsing Records

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