|The Open Door|
|Studio album by Evanescence|
|Released||September 25, 2006|
|Recorded||September 2005–March 2006|
|Singles from The Open Door|
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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, and mixed at Ocean Way Studios in March of 2006. It has since sold more than 5 million copies worldwide, with 2.1 million copies sold in the US alone.
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). 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. 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.
|[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.|
Recording of the album began in September 2005. The writing and recording of the album was slow for several reasons, including Terry suffering a stroke in November 2005, the loss of Amy's former manager, which was reported as being sued by her for "financial and sexual misconduct", and Will Boyd leaving the band, which Amy told the fans about on EvBoard in July 2006.
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". 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".
In June 2006 (four months before the album's release), Amy posted on EvBoard.com:
|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.|
Amy referred to the album's title during an interview:
|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.|
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. On December 14, the band performed "Lithium" at The Late Show with David Letterman. 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.
"Call Me When You're Sober" was first released as a digital single on August 15, 2006. A CD single was later released in Septmeber. The song went on to peak at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Internationally, "Call Me When You're Sober" peaked in the top 10 in 12 countries, including Canada and the UK. 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, and a CD single was later released in the UK on January 8, 2007. An accompanying music video was directed by Paul Fedor and released in late November. The third single off the album, "Sweet Sacrifice", was released physically on May 25, 2007 to Germany only. Physical releases elsewhere were scheduled for May 8, but the shipments were cancelled. The accompanying music video was directed P. R. Brown and released on April 5.
"Weight of the World" was released as a radio single to the country of Colombia only in October 2007. "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 reach any music charts. An accompanying music video, directed by Mark Webb and Rich Lee, was released on September 10.
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, followed by concerts at Montreal on October 6, Boston on October 7, and New York on October 9. The band continued performing concerts in North America for October. The band later started performing in Europe in November, before going back to the US in 2007 to play in large venues. In the United States and Europe, Evanescence was supported by Revelation Theory, and in Canada the band was supported by The Black Maria and Stone Sour.
|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.
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. The band later left the US to tour in South America, starting with a concert in Chile on April 12. The band later performed some concerts in South Africa, and again later returned to the US. The band played at the PinkPop festival in Holland on May 28 and the Rock am Ring festival on June 3, followed by concerts in Russia, Greece, Turkey. They ended the second leg of the tour with a concert at the Amphi in Ra'anana, Israel, on June 26, 2007. Evanescence co-headlined the 2007 Family Values Tour with Korn, starting with a concert in St. Louis on July 20, 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. During this time, the band started performing songs such as "Lose Control", "Missing" and "Understanding". The tour ended with a concert at Rhode Island on December 8.
|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|
|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|
|Japanese edition bonus track|
|14.||"Call Me When You're Sober" (Acoustic version)||Amy Lee, Terry Balsamo||3:37|
During an interview with the magazine Metal Edge, Amy confirmed three B-sides:
Credits taken from Allmusic and from the liner notes of the booklet.
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.