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Evanescence filled a niche few knew existed: the need for operatic goth pop, soul-baring introspection paired with churning metallic guitars. Singer/pianist Amy Lee cut such a figure fronting the group that it was easy to not think of Evanescence as a band, but rather a support group for her songs. After some lineup shifts, however, including the departure of founding member Ben Moody, the band consolidated and remained one of the most popular post-alternative American bands of the 2000s. Amy Lee met Moody at a youth camp in their native Little Rock, Arkansas in 1994. Lee and Moody worked steadily together, releasing three EPs at the tail end of the '90s, followed by a full-length album called Origin. By this time, the group was called Evanescence, and they signed with Wind-Up Records in 2002, expanding to a full lineup consisting of guitarist John LeCompt, bassist Will Boyd, and drummer Rocky Gray not long after the completion of the band's major-label debut, Fallen. Released in the spring of 2003 and initially marketed toward CCM audiences -- an association the band disavowed rather rapidly -- Fallen quickly proved to be a success thanks to the hit single "Bring Me to Life," which was soon followed by "My Immortal," both reaching the Billboard Top Ten in the U.S. All this success led to two Grammys, one for Best New Artist and one for Best Hard Rock Performance, but a split within the ranks soon emerged, with Ben Moody leaving the group during their European tour. Terry Balsamo, late of Cold, replaced Moody on guitar and became Amy Lee's main songwriting partner. The fruits of their collaboration would take a while to surface as Evanescence continued to ride the success of Fallen, buying time with Anywhere But Home -- a live album timed for the holiday season of 2004 -- and then suffering a few setbacks in 2005, with Boyd leaving the band and Balsamo suffering a stroke. The group's sophomore set, The Open Door, finally arrived in October of 2006, with Tim McCord -- formerly Revolution Smile's guitarist -- joining on bass after its release. Spearheaded by the single "Call Me When You're Sober," The Open Door didn't quite match the success of Fallen but it performed handsomely, debuting at number one on Billboard the week of its release. During the supporting tour for The Open Door in 2007, LeCompt was fired from the band and Gray quit, with guitarist Troy McLawhorn and drummer Will Hunt hired to take their respective places. It was another long wait for the group's third album, with the band scrapping sessions helmed by famed producer Steve Lillywhite before hiring Nick Raskulinecz, who wound up producing the eponymous album that appeared in October 2011, a full five years after The Open Door. Like its predecessor, Evanescence debuted at number one on the Billboard charts. A massive tour took up much of 2012 (including stops in North America, Europe, Asia, and South America), after which Lee announced that the band would take an extended break. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1.   Song
  2.   Bring Me to Life
  3.   My Immortal
  4.   Call Me When You're Sober
  5.   Going Under
  6.   My Heart Is Broken
  7.   Lithium
  8.   Haunted
  9.   My Last Breath
  10.   The Only One
  11.   Tourniquet
  12.   What You Want
  13.   Everybody's Fool
  14.   [Untitled Hidden Track]
  15.   The Other Side
  16.   On the Songs: Never Go Back
  17.   Hello
  18.   Whisper
  19.   Taking Over Me
  20.   Imaginary
  21.   The Change
  22.   Sweet Sacrifice
  23.   Good Enough
  24.   Lost in Paradise
  25.   Missing
  26.   Sick
  27.   All That I'm Living For
  28.   Breathe No More
  29.   Snow White Queen
  30.   Life On The Road
  31.   On the Songs: My Heart Is Broken
  32.   A New Way to Bleed
  33.   Swimming Home
  34.   Made of Stone
  35.   Like You
  36.   Weight of the World
  37.   Cloud Nine
  38.   Making the What You Want Music Video: Day 1
  39.   Never Go Back
  40.   Lose Control
  41.   Oceans
  42.   Lacrymosa
  43.   Behind the Scenes: In the Studio
  44.   Disappear
  45.   Erase This
  46.   End of the Dream
  47.   Making the What You Want Music Video
  48.   On the Songs: Lost in Paradise
  49.   Farther Away
  50.   Your Star
  51.   Say You Will
  52.   Secret Door
  53.   Heart Shaped Box
  54.   On the Songs: Made of Stone
  55.   Thoughtless
  56.   Eternal
  57.   Away from Me
  58.   Even in Death
  59.   All That I Am Living For
  60.   Evanescence Unleashed...
  61.   Bloopers
  62.   Showtime
  63.   Thoughless
  64.   [Untitled]
  65.   The
  66.   On the Songs: What You Want
  67.   On the Songs: Secret Door
  68.   Behind the Scenes: At the Photo Shoot
  69.   [DVD]
  70.   Together Again
  71.   The Last Song I'm Wasting on You
  72.   Demise
  73.   Listen to the Rain
  74.   Wake Me Up Inside
  75.   You
  76.   Forgive Me
  77.   Surrender
  78.   Untitled (I Must Me Dreaming)
  79.   Before the Dawn
  80.   Anywhere
  81.   Lies
  82.   Origin
  83.   Where Will You Go?
  84.   Field of Innocence
  85.   Live in Paris
  86.   [Bonus Material]
  87.   Anything for You
  88.   Further Away
  89.   The Document Dvd