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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.   Haunted
  8.   Lithium
  9.   My Last Breath
  10.   The Only One
  11.   Tourniquet
  12.   What You Want
  13.   Everybody's Fool
  14.   Life On The Road
  15.   The Other Side
  16.   Imaginary
  17.   The Change
  18.   Whisper
  19.   Taking Over Me
  20.   Hello
  21.   Sweet Sacrifice
  22.   Missing
  23.   Good Enough
  24.   Lost in Paradise
  25.   Together Again
  26.   Sick
  27.   Made of Stone
  28.   Breathe No More
  29.   On the Songs: Oceans
  30.   [DVD]
  31.   Erase This
  32.   All That I'm Living For
  33.   Like You
  34.   Cloud Nine
  35.   Your Star
  36.   A New Way to Bleed
  37.   Lose Control
  38.   Lacrymosa
  39.   On the Songs: My Heart Is Broken
  40.   Weight of the World
  41.   Making the What You Want Music Video: Day 2
  42.   Oceans
  43.   Say You Will
  44.   Snow White Queen
  45.   [Bonus Material]
  46.   Never Go Back
  47.   Farther Away
  48.   Disappear
  49.   On the Songs: Disappear
  50.   Behind the Scenes: At the Photo Shoot
  51.   Secret Door
  52.   Thoughtless
  53.   On the Songs: The Change
  54.   Swimming Home
  55.   End of the Dream
  56.   Making the What You Want Music Video: Day 1
  57.   On the Songs: What You Want
  58.   Heart Shaped Box
  59.   Showtime
  60.   Thoughless
  61.   On the Songs: Lost in Paradise
  62.   Wake Me Up Inside
  63.   You
  64.   Before the Dawn
  65.   My Tourniquet
  66.   [Untitled Hidden Track]
  67.   Field of Innocence
  68.   Even in Death
  69.   Anywhere
  70.   Lies
  71.   Making the What You Want Music Video
  72.   Away from Me
  73.   All That I Am Living For
  74.   Evanescence Unleashed...
  75.   Bloopers
  76.   [Untitled]
  77.   [Untitled]
  78.   [Untitled]
  79.   [Untitled]
  80.   [Untitled]
  81.   On the Songs: Secret Door
  82.   On the Songs: Never Go Back
  83.   On the Songs: Made of Stone
  84.   Behind the Scenes: In the Studio
  85.   The Last Song I'm Wasting on You
  86.   Demise
  87.   Listen to the Rain