As trailer single 'What You Want' proved on its unveiling this summer, the band's melodious rock sensibilities remain firmly in tact. "Hello, hello, remember me?/ I'm everything you can't control," Amy Lee declares over roaring guitars and classical strings, reinforcing their medieval influences as opposed to the electronic sound they've been purporting.
"I actually started getting inspired around that time with synthesizers and stuff," Lee explained of hearing MGMT's record for the first time. Second single 'My Heart Is Broken' would strongly beg to differ, with a dashing piano riff skittling over growling guitar strums serving as a backdrop for her emotive alto-soprano. 'Lost In Paradise' continues the trend as a black-eyed rock ballad of towering string sections and lyrics of despair and heartbreak.
However, 'Erase This' is possibly where the electro persuasion creeps in. "I'm waking up in someone else's life," Lee delicately trills over a swirling piano hook that wouldn't sound out of place in an early '90s trance-off, though by the song's end Evanescence's trademark rumbling guitars and dainty strings creep in; and truth be told, we wouldn't want it any other way.
Tracks to download: 'What You Want', 'Erase This', 'Lost In Paradise', 'My Heart Is Broken'
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Watch the music video for Evanescence's 'What You Want' below: