The Open Door

Brooding, poetic songs ease a breakup's pain.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

A lot of dramatic wallowing in loss and depression; the big-picture message is that of using artistic self-expression to deal with heartbreak and loss.


Filled with poetically dark imagery ("I'm not afraid to dream -- to sleep, sleep forever").

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A couple of references to drinking and drugs.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this album contains 13 variations on one theme: the end of a love affair. There are a couple of drug and drinking references (mostly referring to a lover's drinking) and a couple of mildly violent metaphors.

What's the story?

THE OPEN DOOR tackles themes of devastation, despair, but also the ultimate hope and redemption inherent in any great personal loss. Fans of Evanescence will know that guitarist Ben Moody left the band mid-tour in 2003 after his breakup with lead singer Amy Lee, and the songs -- darkly poetic and beautifully performed -- are all about the end of this troubled romance. Lyrics contain a couple of mild references to drugs and drinking. For example, \"Just didn't drink enough to say you love me…Lithium -- don't want to forget how it feels without lithium/I want to stay in love with my sorrow\" (\"Lithium\"). There are also many poetically depressing moments (\"We're all grieving/lost and bleeding\" on \"The Only One\" is an example).

Is it any good?


Filled with anxious, brooding messages of self-obsession, The Open Door will be most appealing to dramatic teenagers suffering through their own losses and heartbreaks. If they come away with a view of the bigger picture -- that creative expression is better than self-destruction as a tactic for dealing with life's hard stuff -- it's well worth the price of admission into Amy Lee's house of pain. One might think that this collection would grow tedious, but Amy is such a passionate and skilled singer that she pulls off this self-indulgence with perfect emotional pitch.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the idea of dealing with breakups and other losses creatively rather than self-destructively. Do Amy's expressed emotions ring true for you? Can you think of other positive ways to deal with breaking up?

Music details

Release date:October 3, 2006
Label:Wind-Up Records
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 13 years old Written bybeautifulauras August 6, 2013
age 12+

Album is good -- Old pre-order track gets, erm, intimately violent.

Album is gorgeous, haunting, and gut-wrenching. Completely a good buy, but you, like with most music, have to know your child. Filled with melodrama and brooding and a little grit, this album will chew you up and spit you out in the nicest way possible. Amy Lee's voice is insanely beautiful, and she's a good role model for teen girls because, 1. she has a reason for her trauma, and 2. she doesn't care about being a sex symbol or pop tartlet. Overall good songs with open, intense lyrics. This shouldn't be an issue, but an old pre-order track that can be found on YouTube, 'The Last Song I'm Wasting on You' is about Lee's abusive relationship with Ben Moody, and her resentment. Not too graphic, but there is a verse: "Sickened in the sun / you dare tell me you love me. / But you held me down and screamed you wanted me to die." that may affect someone, whether it be you or your child (sorry, had to mention that). 'Snow White Queen' is creepy, but all the rest are free from anything explicit.
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Great role models
Too much violence
Kid, 11 years old May 29, 2013
age 9+

Evanescence's Best Album by Far

Now, THIS is their best album! It is the most natural, mature album they have. The lyrics are very depressing, yes, but if you are a deep, knowledgable person, you would be able to understand the messages of these songs. This album doesn't have any bad references to drinking. It is a somber, yet lovely...I'd call it a work of art.
What other families should know
Great messages
Teen, 14 years old Written byGothicTeenGirl March 2, 2013
age 12+

Beautiful and Poetic - Not all about break ups

This album is full of beautiful, poetic songs. Amy Lee writes about her innermost feelings and not every song is about her break up with Ben, because they weren't together. Like You is a stand out on the track, about the tragic loss of her sister and Good Enough is about how she feels good about herself with her fiance (now husband). Sweet Sacrifice is about overcoming an abusive relationship, much like Going Under on Fallen. There are also many other songs not just about break ups. It's almost like Amy Lee has read your diary.
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