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The Open Door

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Brooding, poetic songs ease a breakup's pain.
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Parents say

age 9+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 26 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

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").

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A couple of references to drinking and drugs.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 11 year old Written bycaptainamber April 10, 2011

Riviting and inspiring

This is an amazing piece of art that any kid with an artistic passion would love.
Parent of a 10 year old Written bymrsdocstansb November 6, 2009
Teen, 15 years old Written byFanpire November 23, 2008


Evanescence is an amazing band. Amy Lee's vocals and poetry are fantastic. This album is a must!
Teen, 13 years old Written byLibertine February 10, 2011

Something eveyrone would enjoy.

This is totally amazing. Amys vocal skills are like sitting in an opera sometimes. [Just without the boring ness! :)] WHile the same theme is in every song of h... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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