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The Open Door
Studio album by Evanescence
Released September 25, 2006
Recorded September 2005–March 2006
Length 54:15
Label Wind-up Records
Producer Dave Fortman
Evanescence chronology
Anywhere but Home
(2004)
The Open Door
(2006)
Evanescence
(2011)
Singles from The Open Door
  1. "Call Me When You're Sober"
    Released: August 15, 2006
  2. "Lithium"
    Released: December 8, 2006
  3. "Sweet Sacrifice"
    Released: May 25, 2007
  4. "Good Enough"
    Released: December 14, 2007
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The Open Door is Evanescence's second studio album and third album overall. It was released on September 25, 2006 in Poland, September 30 in Australia and October 3 in North America. The album was recorded at The Record Plant in Hollywood, California,[1] and mixed at Ocean Way Studios in March of 2006.[2][3] It has since sold more than 5 million copies worldwide,[4] with 2.1 million copies sold in the US alone.[5]

The album was leaked to the public on September 4, 2006; 21 days before its release. The Open Door debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart with first-week sales of 447,000 copies; this is the band's first number one on this chart (Fallen peaked at number 3).[6] Internationally, The Open Door peaked at number one in five countries, including Australia and Germany, and the top ten in 20 countries. The album also peaked at number one on the European Top 100 Albums chart.

"Call Me When You're Sober" was released on August 15, 2006 as the first single off the album; it peaked at number 10 at the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. "Lithium" was released as the second single from the album on December 8 and it went on to peak at number 24 on the US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart. The third single off The Open Door, "Sweet Sacrifice", was released on May 25, 2007 to Germany and Austria. It peaked at number 24 on the US Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart; this is higher than "Lithium"'s peak on that chart, which was 39. "Good Enough" was released as the fourth commercial single off the album and didn't make any music chart.

Background and recording

Amy revealed in an interview with MTV News in December 2003 that once the Fallen Tour ends, they are ready to go back to the studio. She also said that everybody will be going to their home to write new material, and then they will regroup and see what can be done with the material.[7] She said in another interview in November 2004 that she writes by herself first, and she then shows the material to the people she's working with.[8]

Vin1.jpg [Terry and I] have been writing together for the past couple of weeks. We're working really well together. I'm just very excited because [the new songs] already have a new sound. It still sounds like the Evanescence everybody knows, but at the same time it's going in a new direction, and I love that direction.[8] Vin2.jpg


Recording of the album began in September 2005.[9] The writing and recording of the album was slow for several reasons, including Terry suffering a stroke in November 2005,[10] the loss of Amy's former manager, which was reported as being sued by her for "financial and sexual misconduct",[11] and Will Boyd leaving the band, which Amy told the fans about on EvBoard in July 2006.[12]

Amy revealed that with Fallen, some of the songs sounded like she "was trying to prove [herself] and establish what [they] were and [their] sound".[13] She further said, "I was trapped having to feel a certain way. But with the new record, I sort of went with everything. I am not afraid to feel happy sometimes, and I think there's moments on the album with sensuality, which is really fun and beautiful, instead of the last time, where I felt like I was only getting out part of me. This record embraces the whole me".[13]

In June 2006 (four months before the album's release), Amy posted on EvBoard.com:

Vin1.jpg I hope you all love the record, I know I do, but just one tip about it- each song really has a life of its own. It would be impossible to judge the record on one song alone. Some are much heavier than we've ever been before, some more soulful, some more fun- the only word that really describes all of them is "more." ...as I'm reading this I still think its all meaningless without hearing the album. Just be open minded, because I wasn't aiming to give people what they expect.[14] Vin2.jpg


Amy referred to the album's title during an interview:

Vin1.jpg I feel like I've got that out of my system. I'm happy. I feel good now. I feel free. That's why the album is called The Open Door because I feel like all the doors in my life I pushed open, and now I can do whatever I want. Vin2.jpg


Promotion

Evanescence promoted The Open Door and its singles in several performances and appearances across the world. Before the release of the album, Amy and John performed in several acoustic shows, including AOL Sessions in August 2006, and VH1 next month. "Call Me When You're Sober" and "Bring Me to Life" were performed at the 2006 Mexican MTV Video Music Awards on October 19.[15] On December 14, the band performed "Lithium" at The Late Show with David Letterman.[16] Evanescence put on a private performance for Yahoo! Nissan Live Sets on November 12, 2007, also taking part in a Q&A with fans who attended the concert.[17]

Singles

Amy Lee performing in April 2007.

"Call Me When You're Sober" was first released as a digital single on August 15, 2006.[18] A CD single was later released in Septmeber.[19] The song went on to peak at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[20] Internationally, "Call Me When You're Sober" peaked in the top 10 in 12 countries, including Canada.[21] An accompanying music video directed by Marc Webb filmed in Hollywood, California was released on August 7, 2006. "Lithium" was released digitally on December 8,[22] and a CD single was later released in the UK on January 8, 2007.[23] An accompanying music video was directed by Paul Fedor[24] and released in late November. The third single off the album, "Sweet Sacrifice", was released physically on May 25, 2007 to Germany only.[25] Physical releases elsewhere were scheduled for May 8, but the shipments were cancelled.[26] The accompanying music video was directed P. R. Brown and released on April 5.[27]

"Weight of the World" was released as a radio single to the country of Colombia only in October 2007.[28] "Good Enough" was originally supposed to be released on November 16, but it was pushed to December 14. The single was later cancelled. The song didn't chart on any music charts. An accompanying music video, directed by Mark Webb and Rich Lee, was released on September 10.

Tour

The Open Door Tour was Evanescence's second concert tour which lasted from October 2006 to December 2007. The tour kicked off with a concert at Toronto, Canada on October 5, 2006,[15][29] followed by concerts at Montreal on October 6, Boston on October 7, and New York on October 9.[15][29][30] The band continued performing concerts in North America for October.[15][29] The band later started performing in Europe in November, before going back to the US in 2007 to play in large venues.[15][29] In the United States and Europe, Evanescence was supported by Revelation Theory,[31] and in Canada the band was supported by The Black Maria[32] and Stone Sour.[33]

Vin1.jpg It's been two years since we stopped touring. So it's been awhile, and I'm a little nervous, but I'm mostly just excited. By the end of touring the last time, we were just dying to write more songs and play some new material. So, by now, after all the recording and writing and creating, we're just ready to get back out there and play it and see how it goes again.

—Amy Lee[29]

Vin2.jpg


The tour continued with the band playing places in Canada, Japan, and Australia in January and February 2007, and later returning to the US on March 16.[34] The band later left the US to tour in South America, starting with a concert in Chile on April 12.[34] The band later performed some concerts in South Africa,[34] and again later returned to the US.[35] The band played at the PinkPop festival in Holland on May 28[36] and the Rock am Ring festival on June 3,[37] followed by concerts in Russia, Greece, Turkey.[36] They ended the second leg of the tour with a concert at the Amphi in Ra'anana, Israel, on June 26, 2007.[38] Evanescence co-headlined the 2007 Family Values Tour with Korn, starting with a concert in St. Louis on July 20,[36] and ending on September 2. The band later embarked on the last leg of the tour in Mexico and the US, beginning with Florida on October 23.[39] During this time, the band started performing songs such as "Lose Control", "Missing" and "Understanding".[40][41] The tour ended with a concert at Rhode Island on December 8.[39]

Track listing

No. TitleWriter(s) Length
1. "Sweet Sacrifice"  Amy Lee, Terry Balsamo 3:03
2. "Call Me When You're Sober"  Amy Lee, Terry Balsamo 3:34
3. "Weight of the World"  Amy Lee, Terry Balsamo 3:38
4. "Lithium"  Amy Lee 3:44
5. "Cloud Nine"  Amy Lee, Terry Balsamo 4:22
6. "Snow White Queen"  Amy Lee, Terry Balsamo 4:23
7. "Lacrymosa"  Amy Lee, Terry Balsamo 3:37
8. "Like You"  Amy Lee 4:17
9. "Lose Control"  Amy Lee, Terry Balsamo 4:50
10. "The Only One"  Amy Lee, Terry Balsamo 4:40
11. "Your Star"  Amy Lee, Terry Balsamo 4:43
12. "All That I'm Living For"  Amy Lee, John LeCompt 3:49
13. "Good Enough"  Amy Lee 5:31
Total length:
54:15

B-sides

During an interview with the magazine Metal Edge, Amy confirmed three B-sides:[42]

Credits

Credits taken from Allmusic[43] and from the liner notes of the booklet.

Lineup

Production team

  • Tamara Berard – Choir
  • Melanie Bruno – Choir
  • Alyssa Campbell – Choir
  • David Campbell – Orchestral arrangements
  • Marcella Carmona – Choir
  • Kevin Dalbey – Choir
  • Rory Faciane – Drum technician
  • Dave Fortman – Audio production, mixing, producer
  • Mary Gaffney – Choir
  • Bon Harris – Programming
  • DJ Lethal - Programming
  • Mike Hogue – Assistant engineer
  • Simon James – Concert master
  • Ted Jensen – Mastering
  • Lori Lee and Carrie Lee - Background vocals on "Call Me When You're Sober"
  • Andrew Lurie – Management
  • Darren Majewski – A&R
  • Gail Marowitz – Art direction
  • Diana Meltzer – A&R
  • The Millenium Choir – Choir
  • Mike Mongillo – Product manager
  • Frank Ockenfels – Photography
  • Joanne Paratore – Choir
  • Jeremy Parker – Engineer
  • Darryl Phinnessee – Choir
  • David Sabee – Contractor
  • Seattlemusic Group – Group
  • Wesley Seidman – Assistant engineer
  • Ed Sherman – Package design
  • Dwight Stone – Choir
  • Tania Themmen – Choir
  • Talaya Trigueros – Choir
  • Lisa Wall Urgero – Choir
  • Gregg Wattenberg – A&R
  • Susan Youngblood – Choir

The artwork

Above each lyric, there are different images. They are analogous to the lyrics, as this is the art purpose. It should be noted that these are fan interpretations.

Digital Art for Lithium
Digital Art for Lacrymosa
Digital Art for Like You
  • "Sweet Sacrifice": a moth, like butterflies, represent what is called "You poor sweet innocent thing." In the psychological symbols[44] of dreamings, the butterfly represents freedom, like in "Now that I'm unchained"; in the christian symbolism, the butterfly is on the one hand resurrection and immortality and on the other empty vanity and triviality, due to its short life and beauty. The meaning of the butterfly is, however, on its metamorphosis, from egg to caterpillar and from chrysalis, stuck in strict death, to insect with wings and shining colors turned to the sunlight. So in the antiquity, it was already a symbol of the soul, because it doesn't end with the death. The part of the song that represents this whole symbolism is at the end, when Amy sings "I dream in the darkness, I sleep to die, Erase the silence, Erase my life, Our burning ashes blacken the day, A world of nothingness blow me away."
  • "Call Me When You're Sober": there is a honeypot ant, which gather honeydew from scale insects and psyllids (jumping plant lice) and feed it to other workers at a later date. They are highly valued source of sugar for the Aborigines of central Australia. It can be connected to the addiction and the necessity of the other person in the song.
  • "Weight of the World" and "Lithium": in those lyrics, an umbrella reminds protection, something that doesn't let other things to touch us, like in the parts "Like all my screaming has gone unheard" and "If you love me, then let go of me" from "Weight of the World" and "Don't wanna lock me up inside" and "Can't break free until I let it go - let me go" from "Lithium". The umbrella reminds so Mary Poppins, that used it to fly "Freefall, freefall, all through life." In "Lithium", the digital version has a bug on it, like the one in the insert of the US radio single.
  • "Cloud Nine": there is a bird, analogous to freedom and linked to the parts "If you want to live, let live" and "I just want to feel that high."
  • "Snow White Queen": according to the inspiration for the song, a cage fence the unique bird. There is adoring and illness in the lyric - "There's nowhere to run", "Soon I know you'll see you're just like me" and "Don't scream anymore, my love, 'cause all I want is you."
  • "Lacrymosa" and "Like You": There are no symbols for these songs on the album. For the digital version of The Open Door, the "Lacrymosa" and "Like You" lyrics have special images too. They represent the whole song - a teardrop in Lacrymosa and a coffin in Like You.
  • "Lose Control": a lamb appears in the page, explicit quoted in the lyric, "my lamb." There can be also a connection to the American nursery rhyme (traditional song or poem taught to young children in the development of vocabulary) called Mary Had a Little Lamb, that was recorded by many different artists, linking to the part "Mary had a lamb."
  • "The Only One": there is a mythological animal, the Griffon, that lays golden eggs and has a great justice sense; this is the representation of the wonder, and so it is well connected to the whole song, including the title.
  • "Your Star": a telescope appears in this page, instrument used to see stars and planets far from Earth - "I can't see your star."
  • "Good Enough": the necklace with the heart pendant shows all the love where the song is drown.

Chart performance

Chart (2006)
Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[45] 1
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[46] 2
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[47] 9
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[48] 4
Canada (Billboard)[49] 2
Denmark (Tracklisten)[50] 5
Europe (European Top 100 Albums)[51] 1
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[52] 5
France (SNEP)[53] 2
Germany (Media Control Charts)[54] 1
Greece (IFPI Greece)[55] 3
Ireland (Chart-Track)[56] 3
Italy (FIMI)[57] 2
Japan (Oricon)[58] 4
Netherlands (Album Top 100)[59] 2
New Zealand (RIANZ)[60] 2
Norway (VG-lista)[61] 3
Poland (OLiS)[62] 8
Portugal (AFP)[63] 2
Spain (Promusicae)[64] 5
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[65] 2
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[66] 1
UK Albums (Official Charts Company)[67] 2
United States (Billboard 200)[68] 1

See also

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