Evanescence "What You Want" Single Review — 5 out 5 of stars
Thu, 18 Aug 2011 16:24:22
You can practically see Amy Lee's words come to life on Evanescence's brilliant brand new single, "What You Want".
That's the real beauty of "What You Want". Evanescence have always been a cinematic band, but now they might as well be the rock 'n' roll equivalent of Tim Burton, injecting just the right of darkness into truly universal art.
The song plays out like a hard rock symphony crashing from a lilting Depeche Mode-style verse into one of the best hooks of the band's career to date. That says a lot, considering "Bring Me To Life" and "Sweet Sacrifice" still haven't left anyone's head yet.
Will Hunt's drums build bombastically laying the foundation for Lee to intone, "Hello, hello, remember me? I'm everything you can't control". It's that catchy little repetition drawing on classic synth pop which makes the song so instantly unforgettable. However, Terry Balsamo's gnashing riff swings like a pendulum before dropping into an entrancing refrain blanketed in keyboards and guitars.
At the heart of this epic, Lee relays another personal story that impacts intensely, especially as the song breaks during the bridge and her voice takes flight like never before. Lyrics like "Somewhere beyond the pain there must be a way to believe" sear and soar, as Lee continues to hypnotize like no other singer in rock or pop for that matter.
This is another classic from Evanescence, and it's bound to revive rock once more. We can't wait to hear the rest of their self-titled new album when it hits October 11...
Have you heard "What You Want" yet? Get it on iTunes here!