I've been revisiting TOD today, and I notice a lot of people saying the same thing I've been noticing. The sheer diversity and creativity on the album is what makes it so great. It's easily my favourite Ev album, and I can't believe I haven't listened to it in so long. Amy's vocals are so varied and expressive, and I love all the vocal layering - it seems so much more experimental and interesting when compared to Ev3 (which I still feel is a bit 'Ev by numbers' for me, as much as I love it). The emotional spectrum seems much broader on TOD - Fallen was pretty much all desperation/being lost/feeling afraid, Ev3's pretty much all frustration and aggression, but TOD.....loss, lust, anger, fear, longing, redemption....it's all there.
Even the tracklisting for the album seems to be perfectly balanced between the rockier first half and the piano-led second half.
The sheer variety of instrumentation, and mix of electronica and rock is what makes it great too. To be honest, I was expecting even more of that from Ev3 and it just didn't have it. It was a straight up rock album, pretty much from start to finish. Great live, but I'm definitely finding myself revisiting it the least out of Ev's releases. God, I wish we'd had the version of Ev3 that Amy wanted us to have....fingers crossed the Lillywhite sessions surface soon...
It's funny, I've had The Open Door on repeat in my car lately and I still have a hard time believing how amazing it is. I love all of Ev's work and have always seen Ev3 as a progression, but not necessarily a step forward. TOD has everything. All the albums and even individual songs are special to me in their own ways, but The Open Door, as a whole, was a masterpiece in art.
Ev3 was basically Amy being pissy at Windup the whole time. Lol. I don't blame her, honestly! They chained her (heh) and limited her creative freedom, which is basically a death sentence to someone like Amy.
Also I would assume that the producer had something to do with it?
Anyway, I've been learning Like You on the piano and the pacing is shit tons hard to get right.
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Holy crap, I can't believe it's the 10th anniversary! I can still so clearly remember listening to it for the first time. Well, I guess I technically heard it 10 years and a month ago because it leaked. But man, I remember how magical it was listening to it for the first time. I downloaded it the second I saw that it leaked, burned it to a CD, and then went to my room, laid in bed and started playing it with my headphones on. I was so blown away. I couldn't believe how different it was from Fallen. I remember just being even more and more surprised by the new sounds they were using in every song. And I remember waiting all day for my mom to get home on October 3rd, so that she could take me to Best Buy to get the real CD, and then pouring over the gorgeous album art. Sigh. Such wonderful memories. Definitely going to listen to the album today to relive them. It's actually been quite a while since I've put it on. Too long! I should also watch all the music videos and maybe a live show or two... I really wish I had the physical CD and my Ev scrapbook today, but they're in a box at my dad's at the moment.
Post by PaperFlowers on Apr 30, 2017 2:08:21 GMT -6
Oh heck! There are just too many good ones off this album. Maybe some day I'll get to all the thread posts, but I'll just quickly list the ones that stand out now that I remember....
besides, Lacrymosa, Sweet Sacrifice, Call me wehn your sober...
Good Enough (omg! perfect!), All that I'm living for, ohh yes, and Your Star (ohhh goosebumps just looking over the lyrics and remembering again. ) Lithium gets played a lot/comes to mind a lot, but it's not AS exciting as these other ones, IMHO.
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