As we begin to wrap up 2011, it’s hard to dispute that it was quite a year for Amy Lee and Evanescence. The band announced the return of guitarist Troy McLawhorn, released their new self-titled album in October that soared right to the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart, and headed out on the road playing in front of sold out crowds night after night.
Evanescence recently named ‘My Heart Is Broken’ as the second single from their latest release, with a new video on the way. Today (Dec. 13), Lee celebrates her 30th birthday, and in her honor, we’ve chosen 10 of our favorite Evanescence songs. Happy Birthday, Amy Lee!
10. 'My Heart is Broken' From 'Evanescence' (2011)
‘My Heart Is Broken’ is slated to become the second single from ‘Evanescence’ and is already a fan favorite. Lee said the song was inspired by her involvement with ‘Restore NYC,’ an organization that rescues the victims of sex trafficking. Lee, who often throws herself into her songs full force, considers this tune one of the most passionate tracks on the new album.
9. 'Lithium' From 'The Open Door' (2006)
Not a Nirvana cover, and not a song about drugs, at least not in the literal sense, it’s a more about that numbness that sometimes takes over. Amy Lee’s sweeping vocals complement her playing grand piano on this tune that is one of the many highlights on the band’s second offering, ‘The Open Door.’
8. 'Swimming Home' From 'Evanescence' (2011)
Lee has admitted that she went through a phase where she was heavily influenced by electronic music. While most of that influence didn’t make its way onto ‘Evanescence,' there is a hint of it in the song ‘Swimming Home.’ Lee learned to play harp during the band’s down time and we hear it on this track, which she says was written from the perspective of someone moving on into the next life.
7. 'Going Under' From 'Fallen' (2003)
‘Going Under’ was another song spawned by a bad relationship, but the real message is empowerment. It’s the sassy siren's perfect arena ready, anthemic rocker. Amy's vocals transform from a whisper to a scream throughout the song, showing off her massive range and ability to control her larger than life pipes.
6. 'End of the Dream' From 'Evanescence' (2011)
Evanescence seem to be drawn to writing about life and death and the spaces in between, and ‘End of the Dream’ is a song that touches on that. Lee calls the song her “understanding of death and my relationship with it, and life.” The emotional rocker is one of the standout tracks on ‘Evanescence’ and a reminder to “follow your heart, even when it hurts” because life doesn’t last for ever.
5. 'Hello' From 'Fallen' (2003)
Although Lee has never discussed the deeply personal nature of the song ‘Hello’ in great depth, the song speaks for itself both in beauty as well as remembrance. Written about one of her sisters that passed away at a young age, the song emotes layers of beauty and pain that sometimes only music can provide. Lee always seems to find away to offer up a shoulder to lean on, even through her own pain, and this song is a perfect example of that.
4. 'What You Want' From 'Evanescence' (2011)
Marking their triumphant return after an indefinite break, ‘What You Want’ is the first single Evanescence debuted from their latest 2011 self-titled release. The song, high on energy and attitude, served as the perfect welcome back anthem when it was released over the summer, and helped paved the way for the success of the album.
3. 'My Immortal' From 'Fallen' (2003)
‘My Immortal,’ another track from Evanescence's debut release ‘Fallen’ is a hauntingly beautiful song. It serves as a great reminder of the contributions that former guitarist Ben Moody brought to the band. If you've ever lost someone special, you may find some solace in this song set to the beautiful ethereal voice of Amy Lee.
2. 'Call Me When You’re Sober' From 'The Open Door' (2006)
‘Call me When You’re Sober,’ is Lee’s perfectly crafted ode to an ex-boyfriend. It’s a song that anyone who’s ever been in a dicey relationship can likely relate to set to an undeniably addictive melody. Amy’s sisters Carrie and Lori made special guest appearances on the song, too, singing back-up vocals and making it a real family affair.
1. 'Bring Me To Life' From 'Fallen' (2003)
Most Evanescence fans can remember where they were the first time they heard ‘Bring Me to Life.’ It stopped this music fan dead in her tracks with the immediate question ‘Who was that?” It was a song that changed the landscape of music at the time, reintroducing a powerful female lead vocal into a rock scene that was predominately male and in need of a little shot of feminine adrenaline.
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