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Studio album by Evanescence
Released March 4, 2003
Recorded 2002-2003 Track Record Inc. & NRG Recording Studios, Ocean Studios, Conway Recording Studios.
Genre Alternative metal
Length 48:55 (latest version)
Label Wind-up
Producer Dave Fortman, Ben Moody
Professional reviews
Evanescence chronology
Mystary EP
Anywhere but Home
Singles from Fallen
  1. "Bring Me to Life"
    Released: April 22, 2003
  2. "Going Under"
    Released: September 9, 2003
  3. "My Immortal"
    Released: December 8, 2003
  4. "Everybody's Fool"
    Released: June 7, 2004
  5. "Imaginary"
    Released: 2004 as a radio-only single in Spain

Fallen is the first full-length album by American rock band Evanescence. It was released on the Wind-up Records label, and was their first album to be released worldwide. The album is the band's most successful album to date, with more than seven million copies sold in the United States,[1] and over fifteen million copies worldwide. This album also earned the band five nominations at the 46th Grammy Awards; Album of the Year, Best Rock Album, Best Rock Song and Best Hard Rock Performance for Bring Me to Life, and Best New Artist. The band went on to win Best New Artist and Best Hard Rock Performance.



The album was recorded at Track Record Inc. & NRG Recording Studios (both in North Hollywood), Ocean Studios (Burbank), Conway Recording Studios (Hollywood), all in California. The strings were recorded at The Newman Stage, 20th Century Fox.

Reception and sales

Fallen spent 104 weeks on the Billboard 200, with 58 of those weeks in the top 20. It peaked at #3 on June 14, 2003.[2] After falling out of the Billboard 200, Fallen remained on the Billboard Top Pop Catalog chart for over 223 weeks.[3] Fallen placed at #19 on Billboard's Best of the 2000s Billboard 200 Albums list, as ranked by sales for the decade.[4]

In the United Kingdom, the album spent 33 weeks on the Top 20, and 60 weeks on the Top 75, reaching #1 on the charts. Fallen reentered the UK charts at #35 during week 41 of 2006, the week that The Open Door opened at #2.[5] The album advanced to #34 the following week, before again leaving the Top 40 two weeks later.[6][7]

In the U.S., the album was certified platinum by the RIAA in April 2003 (having also gone gold earlier in the same month), double platinum in June 2003, and triple platinum in October 2003. It was certified four times platinum in January 2004, five times in April 2004, six times in November 2004, and finally seven times in June 2008.[8]

Fallen was the eighth best-selling album in the U.S. in 2004, with about 2.6 million copies sold that year.[9] The album has gone on to sell over seven million copies in the U.S. as of July 2009,[1] and over fifteen million copies worldwide.[10]

Lyrical themes

Amy Lee said in an interview in Australia MTV's The Lair, that she never wrote together with Ben; she always started on her own, then presented her ideas to Ben and did arrangements. However, they were Amy's feelings that inspired many songs on Fallen. "Going Under" is about a previous emotionally and physically damaging relationship. This was the last song written for Fallen and would have been the first single had "Bring Me to Life" not been put onto the Daredevil soundtrack. It became the second single.[11]

"Bring Me to Life", also written by Amy Lee, is inspired by an incident that occurred while she was sitting in a restaurant.[12] Lee has also recently stated that the song was written about her old friend, and now husband, Josh.[13] Amy's sister, Carrie Lee, had a fascination with pop stars such as Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, and it was the inspiration for "Everybody's Fool". Amy Lee said that Carrie, 8 at the time, started to dress as those two superstars and that it angered Amy.[14]

"My Immortal" was written by Evanescence's former guitarist, Ben Moody, with Amy Lee adding the bridge. Like all songs written by Moody, the lyrics are based on a short story he wrote. According to Moody, the song is about a spirit staying with you after its death and haunting you until you actually wish that the spirit were gone because it won't leave you alone. Ben also stated in the Fallen booklet that he dedicated the song to his grandfather, Bill Holcomb.[15]

"Haunted" is based on a story written by Ben Moody that served as an inspiration for Amy Lee to write the lyrics. The story is about a little girl that gets trapped in a mansion that turns into a decaying mess. This story was posted by Moody at[16]

"Hello" is written in memory of Amy Lee's sister, as is "Like You" on The Open Door. As of November 2008, neither song has ever been performed live by the band.

"Tourniquet", written by Rocky Gray for his band Soul Embraced, is a song coming from a Christian standpoint, but it's about suicide. It is from the perspective of someone who has just committed suicide.[17]

Track listing

# Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Going Under"   Lee, Moody, Hodges 3:35
2. "Bring Me to Life" (featuring Paul McCoy) Lee, Moody, Hodges 3:58
3. "Everybody's Fool"   Lee, Moody, Hodges 3:16
4. "My Immortal"   Lee, Moody 4:24
5. "Haunted"   Lee, Moody, Hodges 3:06
6. "Tourniquet" (covering Soul Embraced) Lee, Moody, Hodges, Gray 4:38
7. "Imaginary"   Lee, Moody 4:17
8. "Taking Over Me"   Lee, Moody, Hodges, LeCompt 3:50
9. "Hello"   Lee 3:40
10. "My Last Breath"   Lee, Moody, Hodges 4:08
11. "Whisper"   Lee, Moody 5:27
12. "My Immortal" (Band version; unlisted bonus track on later pressings) Lee, Moody, Hodges 4:33

Japanese edition bonus tracks

The Japanese edition was released July 22, 2003.

# Title Writer(s) Length
12. "Farther Away"   Lee, Moody, Hodges 3:58
13. "My Immortal" (Band version, only on later pressings) Lee, Moody, Hodges 4:33


See also: Evanescence discography
Chart Provider(s) Peak
Certification Sales/
U.S. Billboard 200[18] Billboard/RIAA 3 7x Platinum[8] 7,269,000+[1]
U.S. Billboard Top Internet Albums[18]
European Albums Chart[19] IFPI 1 3x Platinum[20] 3,000,000+
Argentinian Albums Charts[21] CAPIF 2x Platinum 80,000+
Australian Albums Chart ARIA 1 6x Platinum[22] 420,000+
Austrian Albums Chart Media Control Europe 1 Platinum[23] 30,000+
Brazilian Albums Chart ABPD 2x Platinum[24] 250,000+
Canadian Albums Chart[18] Nielsen SoundScan 1 7x Platinum[25] 700,000+
Danish Albums Chart IFPI/Nielsen 1
Dutch Albums Chart NVPI/Megacharts 2 Platinum[26] 70,000+
Finnish Albums Chart GLF 1 2x Platinum[27] 53,680
French Albums Chart[28] SNEP/IFOP 2 2x Platinum[28] 685,000[28]
German Albums Chart Media Control 2 5x Gold[29] 500,000+
Greek International Album Chart IFPI 1 2x Platinum 40,000+
Italy Album Chart FIMI 3 4x Platinum 350,000+
Mexican Albums Chart AMPROFON 1 Platinum[30] 150,000+
New Zealand Albums Chart[31] RIANZ 2 5x Platinum[31] 75,000+
Norwegian Albums Chart VG Nett 3 Platinum[32] 40,000+
Russian Album Chart[33] NFPF 1 Platinum 75.000+
Spanish Albums Chart Promusicae 5 Platinum 100.000+
Swedish Albums Chart GLF 3 Platinum[34] 60,000+
Swiss Albums Chart Media Control 2 2x Platinum[35] 80,000+
UK Albums Chart[36] BPI/The Official UK Charts Company 1 3x Platinum[37] 900,000+


Additional musicians


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  4. ^ "Best of the 2000s: Billboard 200 Albums". 2009. Retrieved December 30, 2009.  
  5. ^ "Top 40 Albums Archive :: Week 41 : 08/10/2006 - 14/10/2006". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2006-12-12.  
  6. ^ "Top 40 Albums Archive :: Week 42 : 15/10/2006 - 21/10/2006". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2006-12-12.  
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  14. ^ Moss, Corey (2004-06-10). "Evanescence's Amy Lee Hopes To Get Into Film, Rages Against Cheesy Female Idols". MTV News via Retrieved 2006-11-07.  
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Preceded by
Hail to the Thief by Radiohead
UK number one album
June 28, 2003 – July 4, 2003
Succeeded by
Dangerously in Love by Beyoncé
Preceded by
Just As I Am by Guy Sebastian
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
January 26, 2004 – February 15, 2004
Succeeded by
That's What I'm Talking About by Shannon Noll

Radio promo single
Single by Evanescence
from the album Fallen
Released 2004 (Spain)
Format Radio promo
Genre Alternative metal
Length 4:17
Label Wind-up
Writer(s) Ben Moody, Amy Lee
Evanescence singles chronology
"Everybody's Fool"
from the album Anywhere but Home
Length 5:25
Label Wind-up
from the album Fallen
Length 4:17
Label Wind-up
"Taking Over Me"
from the album Mystary EP
Length 4:17
"Everybody's Fool"
from the album Origin
Length 3:31
Label Bigwig Enterprises
"My Immortal"
from the album Evanescence EP
Length 4:01

"Imaginary" is a song by American alternative metal band Evanescence. It is one of three songs that has stayed in the band's history from their first EP through to their major label debut album, Fallen; the other two are "My Immortal" and "Whisper". It is featured on their releases Evanescence EP, Origin, Fallen, and Anywhere but Home.


The first two versions (on Evanescence EP and Origin, respectively) have the same lyrics, but are different musically (the EP version has a slower tempo, and begins with an acoustic guitar, while the Origin version has a piano intro).

The song began its transition into what became the Fallen version throughout two demos ("Imaginary V.1", sometimes incorrectly named as "Imaginary (monsters)" and "Imaginary V.2"). The songs are different musically and lyrically, somewhat closer to the final version.

Musically, compared to the one in Fallen, there is no choir, the guitar solos are different. Lyrically, the intro was dropped and the song starts with the first verse. While the Origin version had no bridge, "Imaginary V.1" features one, the second chorus in the Origin version changed lyrically. The second verse was also added in these demos.

However, in the final version, the second chorus from Origin was completely dropped (both as a chorus and as a bridge) and the piano intro was placed again in the song, as the bridge. This version also features a choir.

The song "Tourniquet" bleeds into "Imaginary."

Airplay single

"Imaginary" was released as an airplay single in Spain in 2004. At the same time, the track was featured in a commercial for the film The Village.


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