Fallen (Evanescence album)

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Studio album by Evanescence
Released March 4, 2003
Recorded 2002–2003
Track Record Inc. & NRG Recording Studios, Ocean Studios, Conway Recording Studios
Length 48:52
Label Wind-up, Epic
Producer Dave Fortman
Evanescence chronology
Anywhere but Home
Singles from Fallen
  1. "Bring Me to Life"
    Released: April 22, 2003
  2. "Going Under"
    Released: September 9, 2003
  3. "My Immortal"
    Released: December 8, 2003
  4. "Everybody's Fool"
    Released: June 7, 2004

Fallen is the debut studio album by the American rock band Evanescence. It was released on March 4, 2003, through Wind-up Records and Epic Records.[1] The album was recorded in multiple recording studios, including Conway Recording Studios in Hollywood, California. Fallen is commercially the band's most successful album to date, selling more than seven million copies in the United States alone, and more than 17 million worldwide. It debuted at number 7 on the Billboard 200, selling more than 141,000 copies within its first week, eventually peaking at number 3 in June 2003. Internationally, Fallen topped the charts in more than ten countries. Fallen has been described as nu metal,[2][3][4] alternative metal,[5] and gothic metal.[2] The album also was certified 7× platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and acquired multiple certifications worldwide.

Upon its release, Fallen received mixed to positive reviews from music critics. It spawned four singles: "Bring Me to Life", "My Immortal", "Going Under", and "Everybody's Fool". "Bring Me to Life" and "My Immortal" peaked within the charts of more than ten countries, including Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The album earned the band five nominations at the 46th Grammy Awards: Album of the Year, Best Rock Album, Best Rock Song, Best Hard Rock Performance and Grammy Award for Best New Artist, winning Best New Artist and Best Hard Rock Performance.

Background and recording[edit]

After Evanescence was formed by Amy Lee and Ben Moody in 1995, the band released three extended plays (EP) and one demo CD and in January 2001 they signed with their first major label, Wind-up.[6] The writing process for the album took a period of eight years.[7] During an interview with MTV, Ben Moody revealed that he never wrote together with Lee adding, "maybe two or three times in eight years did we actually sit down and write together in the same room."[6]

Evanescence performing in 2003 in Denver

The album was recorded at Track Record Inc. & NRG Recording Studios, Ocean Studios, Conway Recording Studios, all in California.[8] Different tracks were recorded as demos before the album's recording sessions, while "My Immortal", "Imaginary", and "Whisper" appeared on the band's earlier material.[6] The album was recorded and mixed between late August and early December 2002.[7] Recording work for Fallen started at Ocean Studios in Burbank, California, where most of "Bring Me to Life" was recorded for the Daredevil soundtrack, prior to full album production. For that song, Jay Baumgardner used a mix at his studio, NRG Recording Studios in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, on an SSL 9000 J.[7] Drum tracks were recorded at Ocean Studios, with Josh Freese playing to click-tracks, containing stereo guitars and vocals on selected songs.[7]

On the rest of the drums, Fortman said that he used a D112 on the inside of the kick drum, a U47 on the outside, an NS-10 speaker as an outside mic. The producer ran 414s on the ride cymbal and hi-hat. He recorded the drums onto 2-inch tape on a Studer machine and then bounced the parts into Pro Tools.[7] The guitars (Gibson Les Paul, Gibson SG, Mesa Boogie, Marshall Amplification) for the album were cut at Mad Dog Studios, Burbank, California in an old Mesa/Boogie cabinet. Lee's vocals, pianos and background vocal by The Millennium Choir were recorded in NRG Recording Studios.[7] The orchestra parts were arranged by David Hodges and David Campbell, except in "My Immortal," which was done by composer Graeme Revell. The mixing for the album took a period of two weeks at Conway Recording Studios in North Hollywood while the album was mastered by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound in New York City.[7]


Songs and lyrics[edit]

"I didn't want it to sound too fabricated. I love electronics and I love digital manipulation, but I wanted to first establish us as a real rock band. We're actually playing all of those parts: The strings are real, the choirs are real, the piano is real. [...] I think one of the most positive features about [the album] is that it's like watching a movie from front to back."

-Ben Moody talking about Fallen.[7]

According to Amy Lee, "Going Under" is about a previous emotionally and physically damaging relationship, saying, "And when you're at the end of your rope, when you're at the point where you realize something has to change, that you can't go on living in the situation that you're in. It's cool. It's a very strong song."[9] It was the last song written for the album, and was originally intended to be the first single, however, "Bring Me to Life" was chosen due to its release as the lead single on the Daredevil soundtrack. It was released as the second single.[10] "Bring Me to Life" is a nu metal/rap rock song[11][12] set in a common time and performed in a moderate tempo of 96 beats per minute. It was written by Lee, Ben Moody, and David Hodges, and was inspired by an incident that occurred while she was sitting at a restaurant when an acquaintance of Lee asked her if she was happy in her current relationship. It was then that Lee realized that she was, in fact, unhappy in her current relationship and expressed that she felt she had been "woken up", hence the lyrics "wake me up inside".[13] Lee also confirmed that it was about longtime friend Josh Hartzler, whom she married in 2007.[14]

"Everybody's Fool" was written by Lee, Moody, and Hodges, and is about celebrities who have completely false images.[15] In an interview with VH1, Lee stated, "My little sister was really getting into these, I don't want to offend anyone, but like really fake, cheesy, slutty female cracker-box idols, and it really pissed me off. She started dressing like them and she was like 8 years old. So I gave her the talk and I wrote a song."[15] "My Immortal" is a piano rock ballad,[16] and was written by Moody while the bridge was added by Lee during later recordings, and is based on a short story written by Moody himself. Moody also stated in the album's booklet that he dedicated it to his grandfather, Bill Holcomb.[8] "Haunted" is also based on a short story written by Moody, which was posted onto the band's EvBoards.[17] "Tourniquet" was originally written for Christian metal band Soul Embraced, which included former band member Rocky Gray before he joined Evanescence.[18]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
Blender 3/5 stars[19]
Entertainment Weekly B−[20]
PopMatters (mixed)[21]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[22]
Spin 4/5 stars[23]

Critical response[edit]

Fallen has received generally mixed to positive reviews from music critics. Johnny Loftus of Allmusic scored the album three and a half stars out of five, saying, "The album does include flashes of the single's PG-rated nu-metal ("Everybody's Fool," "Going Under"). But it's the symphonic goth rock of groups like Type O Negative that influences most of Fallen."[2] Entertainment Weekly also gave a generally positive review, scoring the album a B-, saying, "The genre now too old to be called nü-metal isn't exactly overflowing with spine-tinglingly great vocalists --let alone female ones. Amy Lee, lead singer of gloomy Arkansas rockers Evanescence, is an exception."[20] Kirk Miller of Rolling Stone gave a more mixed review, scoring the album three out of five stars, saying, "When vocalist Amy Lee croons about lying 'in my field of paper flowers' or 'pouring crimson regret,' she gives Fallen a creepy spiritual tinge that the new-metal boys lack."[22] Adrien Begrand of PopMatters was negative about the album saying that it's "basically as unoriginal and dumb as everything else in its genre, it has a small handful of transcendent moments, but a complete lack of musical adventurousness has the band mucking around either in stultifying nu-metal riffage, pretentious high school journal caterwauling, or even worse, both." However he praised Lee's "soaring, enchanting, [and] angelic" voice saying that "Evanescence would be nothing" without her.[21] Billboard's Christa Titus called Fallen a "highly polished, hook-filled affair."[24] Melissa Maerz of Spin magazine graded the album with four out of five stars, saying "Nu metal gets a powdering of Andrew Lloyd Webber theatrics as Lee aces her piano A-levels, adds a string section, and tackles capital letter issues - God ('Tourniquet'), Love ('Going Under'), and Death ('Bring Me To Life') - with the grandeur they deserve."[23]

Commercial performance[edit]

Evanescence performing in 2003 in Barcelona

Fallen was a commercial success, selling more than 17 million copies worldwide since its release in 2003.[25] On the Billboard 200 the album debuted at number 7 with more than 141,000 copies sold in its first week.[26] In the United States, it has sold more than 7.6 million copies.[27] Fallen was the eighth best selling album of 2004[28] and the nineteenth best selling album of the 2000s.[29] As of October 2011, it has spent 106 weeks on the Billboard 200,[27] with 58 weeks in the top 20. It peaked at number 3 on the Billboard 200 on June 14, 2003,[30] and re-entered the chart at number 192 on March 13, 2010. It spent over 223 weeks on the Top Pop Catalog chart after falling out of the Billboard 200.[31] The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified it platinum in April 2003, and by June 2008 it had reached seven times platinum.[32]

On the UK Albums Chart, Fallen debuted at number 18 selling 15,589 copies.[33] It reached number one with 38,570 copies seven weeks later, after "Bring Me to Life" topped the UK Singles Chart.[33] However it sold more than 56,193 copies in December 2003 which became its highest week of sales although it was at number 28 the same week.[33] It later spent 33 weeks within the top 20, and 60 weeks within the top 75. The album re-entered the UK charts at number 35 following the week of the release of the band's second studio album, The Open Door.[34][35] As of October 2011, the album has sold more than 1,367,900 copies in the United Kingdom.[33] It was also an international success, topping the charts in more than ten countries while charting within the top ten of more than twenty countries worldwide. After spending over three months in the top 10 on the Canadian Albums Chart, the album peaked at number one on August 13, 2003, selling 8,900 copies according to figures compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.[36]

Christian controversy[edit]

Evanescence was originally promoted in Christian stores. Later, the band made it clear they did not want to be considered part of the Christian rock genre, like fellow Wind-up Records artists Creed.[37] In April 2003 Wind-up Records chairman, Alan Meltzer, sent a letter to Christian radio and retail outlets to explain that despite the "spiritual underpinning that ignited interest and excitement in the Christian religious community," Evanescence are "a secular band, and as such view their music as entertainment."[38] Therefore, he wrote, Wind-up "strongly feels that they no longer belong in Christian markets."[38] Almost immediately upon receipt of the letter, many Christian radio stations pulled Fallen songs from their playlists.[38] Terry Hemmings, CEO of Christian music distributor Provident, expressed puzzlement at the band's about-face, saying, "They clearly understood the album would be sold in these [Christian music] channels."[39] In 2006, Amy Lee told Billboard that she had opposed being identified as a "Christian band" from the beginning.[40] She further added that it was something Moody had supported, whereas she had not.[40]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Going Under"   Amy Lee, Ben Moody, David Hodges 3:34
2. "Bring Me to Life" (featuring Paul McCoy) Lee, Moody, Hodges 3:57
3. "Everybody's Fool"   Lee, Moody, Hodges 3:16
4. "My Immortal"   Lee, Moody, Hodges 4:24
5. "Haunted"   Lee, Moody, Hodges 3:06
6. "Tourniquet" (Soul Embraced cover) Lee, Moody, Hodges, Rocky Gray 4:38
7. "Imaginary"   Lee, Moody, Hodges 4:17
8. "Taking Over Me"   Lee, Moody, Hodges, John LeCompt 3:50
9. "Hello"   Lee, Moody, Hodges 3:40
10. "My Last Breath"   Lee, Moody, Hodges 4:08
11. "Whisper"   Lee, Moody, Hodges 5:27
12. "My Immortal" (Band version, only on later pressings) Lee, Moody, Hodges 4:33


Credits are taken from Allmusic,[41] and Fallen's liner notes.


Preceded by
Hail to the Thief by Radiohead
UK number-one album
June 28, 2003 – July 4, 2003
Succeeded by
Dangerously in Love by Beyoncé
Preceded by
Just as I Am by Guy Sebastian
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
January 26, 2004 – February 15, 2004
Succeeded by
That's What I'm Talking About by Shannon Noll


Region Certification Sales/shipments
Argentina (CAPIF)[103] 2× Platinum 80,000x
Australia (ARIA)[104] 6× Platinum 420,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[105] Platinum 30,000x
Belgium (BEA)[106] Platinum 50,000*
Brazil (ABPD)[107] 2× Platinum 250,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[108] 7× Platinum 700,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[109] Platinum 59,679[109]
France (SNEP)[110] 2× Platinum 657,700[111]*
Germany (BVMI)[112] 5× Gold 500,000^
Greece (IFPI Greece)[113] 2× Platinum 40,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[114] Platinum 250,000^
Mexico (AMPROFON)[115] Platinum+Gold 225,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[116] Platinum 80,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[117] 5× Platinum 75,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[118] Platinum 40,000*
Poland (ZPAV)[119] Gold 35,000*
Portugal (AFP)[120] 2× Platinum 80,000x
Russia (NFPF)[121] Platinum 20,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[122] Platinum 100,000^
Sweden (GLF)[123] Platinum 60,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[124] 2× Platinum 80,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[125] 4× Platinum 1,200,000^
United States (RIAA)[32] 7× Platinum 7,619,000[126]
Europe (IFPI)[127] 3× Platinum 3,000,000*
Worldwide 17,000,000[128]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United States[129] March 4, 2003 Wind-up Records CD, digital download 60150-13063-2
Canada[130] April 1, 2003 Wind-up Records, Epic Records EK 91746
Austria[131] April 28, 2003 WIN 510879 2
United Kingdom[131] WIN 687043 2
Australia[132] May 19, 2003 510879200
France[131] May 20, 2003 WIN 510879 2
Japan[133] July 7, 2003 Epic/Sony Records EICP-253
September 9, 2003 Limited edition CD+DVD EICP-242
Austria[131] January 26, 2004 Wind-up Records, Epic Records CD reissue WIN 510879 9
France[131] February 4, 2004
United Kingdom[131] February 23, 2004
Austria[131] September 25, 2009 Wind-up Records, EMI WIN 687043 2
United Kingdom[131] September 28, 2009
France[131] October 5, 2009
Japan[133] October 12, 2011 EMI Music Japan Limited edition CD reissue TOCP-54276
United States[129] May 21, 2013 Wind-up Records Remastered LP (Black and purple) 60150-13359-1


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