Music review by
Cynthea Riesenberg, Common Sense Media
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Evanescence dissects pain, fear, and isolation.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 69 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

The grim view of painful life on earth is countered by occasional religious references. In "Tourniquet," the band sings, "I want to die/ My God, my tourniquet/ Return to me salvation."


There are no references to violence.


There are no references to sex or physical intimacy.


The lyrics contain no obscene words, but images of pain, fear, and loneliness recur. In "Whisper," singer Amy Lee cries, "This truth drives me into madness/ I know I can stop the pain if I will it all away."


The album is free of commercial references.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The songs contain no references to drugs or alcohol.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that although its record label first marketed the band to Christian media, comments by band members inspired the label to redirect the album to the secular market. Despite this controversy, salvation theology seemingly undergirds several tracks.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bymrs.black09 September 3, 2009

Beautiful but Sad Music, Some Intense Songs

Fallen features beautiful music, and a lot of it is actually positive in spite of the dark sound. The main concern for letting younger kids listen to it is the... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bysouplover98 September 25, 2013


Everything about Evanescence's music is beautiful, although the songs could a little deep for a 10 year old or under. No swearing, violence etc. Evanescen... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byblinkarmyonce20 October 21, 2018

Absolutely beautiful and amazing...

Evanescence are what really helped to pull myself out of the darkness, and this album in particular, really helped bring me to the light. There are a few intens... Continue reading

What's the story?

Leaving its Little Rock roots behind, Evanescence rocketed to attention when its songs \"Bring Me To Life\" and \"My Immortal\" were featured in the Daredevil movie soundtrack. The FALLEN album builds on this success with those and eight other tracks ranging from anguished ballad to driving nu-metal and goth/rock. \"The point of this whole record and band is to let people know that they're not alone in dealing with bad feelings or pain or anything that they go through,\" writes Lee on the band's website. \"That's life and that's human.\"

Is it any good?

Lead vocalist Amy Lee writes most of the band's music and sings in a choir-trained voice that can growl, whisper, and hold pure high notes with smooth ease, while singing about pain, spiritual darkness, and loneliness.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about religious beliefs, whether they agree with or differ from those hinted at in this CD.

Music details

  • Artist: Evanescence
  • Release date: March 4, 2003
  • Label: Wind-Up Records
  • Genre: Rock
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 20, 2015

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