Evanescence - What You Want ##BEST##
"What it really means is, 'I'm all the chaos and all the things you can't control in your life, but don't be afraid of it, because that's how it's always going to be.' You can't be too afraid to go live and take what you want out of life. You can't control all the crazy stuff that happens to you. All you can control is the way you handle it."
Evanescence - What You Want
"What You Want" was written by Amy Lee, Terry Balsamo, and Tim McCord in New York City and the production was handled by Nick Raskulinecz. During an interview with MTV News in June, Lee talked about the song saying, "[...] the song that I think is the first single is the song that wraps it all up. It's got a cool meaning, a lot of great lyrics going on, it also just smacks you right in the face and it's heavy and it's great." She noted that the song was a departure from the band's previous material and acknowledged that they wanted the new single to be "more than a hit".
Lee stated the song was inspired by and talked about her relationship with the band's fans, and the realization that following a music career "is what I'm supposed to do". She also explained that the theme of the song was freedom, saying that the song's lyric "Remember who you really are" was "exactly everything you could assume it means". Another inspiration for the song came from Lee's life, "That song is me talking to myself about not being afraid and coming back to this thing and living the life I was born to live. Sometimes, it takes a lot to do this. And I do love it very much, but there is always that fear of putting yourself under the microscope."
Scott Shetler of Pop Crush described the song as a "forceful rock track that reminds fans why the group was one of the most successful crossover acts of the past decade" and praised Lee's "strong-but-pretty vocals". James Montgomery from MTV News, praised the song saying that the "elastic-yet-lock-step energy not only makes the song the perfect comeback single for a band that's been gone for far too long, but it manages to capture the very essence of what inspired them to press on." Tom Goodwyn of the same publication wrote: "A big thumping drumbeat and driving guitar riff kick things off, before giving way to a stomping chorus written with NFL stadiums in mind." Karen Bliss of the magazine Rolling Stone praised Lee's "haunting" and "crystalline" vocals in the "industrial-strength sound" of "What You Want". Nick Catucci of the same publication gave the song three stars writing, "Amy Lee trades anguish for defiance, goosing her wail with welcome sass. Still, she's nearly overrun by the music, a collision of two-ton guitars, strings and piano." Steven Hyden of The A.V. Club wrote: "Lee really can sing, and the opener 'What You Want' shows she has the pipes (and even the submerged spunk) to become the new Pat Benatar this generation desperately needs." Rick Florino of Artistdirect gave the song five out of five stars praising the hook as one of the best in the band's career adding that it managed to make the song "instantly unforgettable". Florino further called the song "another classic from Evanescence" which will "revive rock music again" and concluded:
The filming of the music video for "What You Want" started on July 30, 2011 in a warehouse in Brooklyn, New York, and it was directed by Meiert Avis and Stefan Smith. The video featured the band's fans who played a crowd on a concert by Evanescence. During an interview, Lee revealed that the music video for the song was one of the band's "realest" videos adding, "[...] this is more a personal video. We've done a lot in the past that [were] very 'fantasy,' and this is sort of the real us.[...] I just wanted to do something that really felt personal for a change. Obviously, I'm wearing crazy makeup, and that's not my everyday, but, you know, I want ... to connect with the fans again. We all do. We miss them. A lot of this record is about them, and that's why they're going to be here and be in it, too." In an interview with MTV News, she described the concept of the video:
However, before the filming of the video, the band was still finishing the album and when the time to shoot the video came, Lee didn't conceive an idea about how it should look like. As she felt the song was different for the band, Lee knew that they didn't want to "go the classic, sort of fantastic, epic [thing]." Lee asked her sister Carrie to help her around the concept of the video. Her sister said that they should film the video for the song in New York and Lee agreed with her idea, "She just started saying things that were right on. She was like, 'This should be in New York. You guys need to do something different, this song feels different.' And she started talking about running across the Brooklyn Bridge, and it being where I live, and I was like, 'Oh my God, this is great.'" However, the final shot of the video filmed at Coney Island was Lee's own idea. The shot represented the band coming back in the world and "heading into the unknown, coming into a new world".
The video started filming on July 30, 2011 in a warehouse in Brooklyn, New York, and it was directed by Meiert Avis. The video featured their fans who were playing a crowd on a concert by Evanescence. During an interview, Lee revealed that the music video for the song was one of their most real videos that the band has ever made adding, "this is more a personal video. We've done a lot in the past that [were] very 'fantasy,' and this is sort of the real us.[...] I just wanted to do something that really felt personal for a change. Obviously, I'm wearing crazy makeup, and that's not my everyday, but, you know, I want ... to connect with the fans again. We all do. We miss them. A lot of this record is about them, and that's why they're going to be here and be in it, too." In an interview with MTV News, she described the concept of the video:
In the context of modern budgets, the five weeks that Randy Staub was given to mix Evanescence sounds luxurious, not least because he was also working on a desk in a commercial studio. Staub insists that he's not in the least compelled to go down the working in-the-box-in-one's-own-studio route. Instead, he's proud of his working methods, which continue to centre on The Warehouse Studio 1's SSL 4072 GTR with black E-series EQ. "I learned my skills on an SSL, so I became comfortable and proficient on it. The SSL has a big, punchy sound that lends itself especially well to rock and hard rock. The SSL I work on dates from the mid-'90s, and it sounds really good. A guitar player will have a favourite guitar that feels and sounds good and that he knows how to play, and this desk is like that for me. It's my instrument. I cannot ever see myself mixing in the box, because it just doesn't feel right, and it sounds different. I'm not saying it sounds better or worse, it just sounds different from what I like. I also like to be able to reach for knobs, and often two knobs at the same time, which is difficult to do when you're working in the box.
"I like working in The Warehouse, because of the great-sounding room, the technical facilities and the staff, which all make my job much easier and allow me to focus on getting a good product. It's at the same at A&M, where I usually mix when I'm in LA. But it's amazing that studios can still stay in business. I don't think rates have increased since the 1970s. One of the pitfalls of many people doing stuff at home now is that the craft of recording is at its lowest point ever. With the studio culture disappearing, nobody is learning any more how to record properly. People buy studio equipment, put it in their house and immediately think they're a recording engineer. But a lot of the stuff that I get in to mix has been recorded horrendously. People have no clue what phase relationships are, they don't look at meters, because a lot of recording gear has no meters anymore. I have sent tracks back, saying that it isn't good enough yet, and that I don't want to waste their money and my time.
Evanescence are the rare band that can walk the dangerously thin tightrope between hard rock and pop without a net, and that's just what the Amy Lee-fronted outfit does with 'What You Want,' the piano-driven first single from their self-titled album due out Oct. 11.
Lee's dreamy, ethereal vocals have always been the battery that powers Evanescence and that has not changed with 'What You Want.' We're happy to report that the band's symphonic, somewhat European brand of rock travels down the familiar path, but there's an energy here that keeps the band's sound fresh.
Lee's gorgeous vocals are set against a backdrop of crunchy, bottom heavy riffs. When she sings "Do what you, what you, what you want," she does it with such force that you can't help but be swept away to her lair. She is a siren, that's for sure.
'What You Want' is a headphones song. That is, you'll want to insert your earbuds, crank the volume of your iPod and allow the layers of sound to be unlocked each time you listen to the song. There's a richness and a depth to the song, so much so that you'll never process everything in one, two or even 13 listens, so resign yourself to the commitment. The dividend will be that 'What You Want' might become one of your favorite, most played songs of 2011.
Evanescence are the rare band that can walk the dangerously thin tightrope between hard rock and pop without a net, and that's just what the Amy Lee-fronted outfit does with 'What You Want,' the piano-driven first single from their self-titled album due out Oct. 11.\nRead More 041b061a72