Ben, i love your talent to death. You are one of the best musicians I am aware of. But buddy, this just isn't it. I am really disappointed with how dismal this album is. And though there is a lot of substance to the lyrics, and the strings are beautiful, this just doesn't have the productional depth I was expecting from you. The awkward drums make it hard for me to listen to and appreciate.
Your vocals are great as background vocals, but I just can't appreciate the nasal quality of your voice as a lead vocalist.
My advice would be to form a new Evanescence-esque type band, of course the sound can be different, but the solo thing just doesn't work for me if this is what you come up with after 5 years. It just doesn't bring anything new to the music industry and I don't expect it to stick.
Just my opinion.
Ex-Evanescence Ben Moody's Solo Album finally here!
First off, those expecting Ben Moody to pull of the heavy distortion hard rock sounds prevelant in Evanescence will be surprised to find that this album is completely devoid of that. Ben Moody takes on a simplistic acoustic journey as he speaks of the love, loss, the inadequacies of being human, and even his departure from the rock band Evanescence. Fellow labelmate of FNR records, Hana Pestle provides haunting melodic backing vocals on just about every track making each song even more powerful to the open minded listener. Itunes classifies this album as "alternative", I would venture to say that it has much more of a pop/rock music feel.
*Perfect- my interpretation being Ben's side of the story about his final days in Evanescence, and the mental toll it took on him. an excellant acoustic guitar solo errupts as the song builds and fades to the sound of falling marching steps in strict cadence.
*The Way We Are - A song about coming to grips with the end of a relationship and moving on.
*Hold Me Down - sounds like a typical love song, "hold me down if you have to drown, I'll drown with you."
*10/22 - This is the song about Ben's abbrupt departure from Evanescence on 10/22. One of the more heavier songs on the album with electric guitars.
*Never Turn Back- Interesting that he placed this song after 10/22, its almost like an addendum saying that he's moved on and closed that chapter of his life. and he'll "Never Turn Back Now" One of my favorite tracks that Hana Pestle provides vocals for. As the song builds to its crescendo with strings and her vocals, it sends chills down my spine.
*All For This- I feel this song is about humanity, and how we question the validity of faith, our self and life in general.
Wishing Well- One of the more addiciting songs on this album. Ben speaks about insecurities and trying to break out of his own personal hell.
*All Fall Down- Ben questions us about the pettiness that we as people perpetuate in life, stating that in the end it really doesn't matter who's wrong or right, its a mortality issue that binds us and makes us all the same. We all "fall down in the end"
*Too Far Left to Go- A song about when our demons catch up to us and throw us into despair. At that moment we realize in our journey we still have a ways to go.
*Nothing Left of Me- A song about battling our personal demons, stripping us to our core untill "there's nothing left"
*In Time- A social commentary on our social values. "Id love to forgive, it seems that I've forgtten how", "Why do children learn to fear before love?" The song isnt wholly negative as Ben tells us we'll learn to live and die together. and we'll all belong eventually in time.
*Just Like Everybody- coming into a point of maturity and self reflection he realizes hes not perfect, apologetic for pain he causes people at times, and he only wishes in the end he was just like everybody else.As the song continues he evolves as he realizes that fears that he acknowledges are what makes him human and he indeed is "just like everybody"
Although some may find the lack of flashy production hard rocking guitars and chaotic drum fills, this album is something that I think any listener could enjoy for its raw muscial honesty. Ben holds nothing back as he exposes his fears, weaknesses and his journey to self realization.
Well worth the wait!
I can't express how beautiful this album is. Instead of churning out a rehash of Evanescence songs, he's come up with his own, more mellow style. It focuses on meaningful lyrics, breathtaking instrumentals and equally excellent vocals. I'll always love Never Turn Back, The Way We Are and Wishing Well, due to listening to them over and again when his EP was released. Out of the newer songs, Perfect and 10.22 are wonderful. Great job! I've had it on repeat all day.