Evanescence - Call Me When You're Sober (Columbia)
UK release date: 25 September 2006
Black clothes, excessive eyeliner and an ability to sculpt facial hair into an interesting goatee does not make a good goth, nor a good band.
Good tunes however do, and Evanescence have been known to make them in the past which is why their debut album Fallen sold 14 million copies worldwide. Unfortunately, this first single off their upcoming second album The Open Door doesn't so much lack a good tune as possess a completely bland, Goth-lite, US charts-ahoy borefest aimed squarely at fifty-quid man's sulky teenaged son.
Already available for the last three weeks as a download, anyone who's likely to care has no doubt heard/bought it already and unless you're desperate for the video - available on the CD maxi - there's really nothing to recommend Call Me When You're Sober.
A disappointing return from a band who seem to have jumped off the emo/goth bandwagon into the soft-rock verges just as the scene's starting to get interesting. Yawn.