All that being said, some of this stuff feels as though it was written to be a blend of Gothic Rock and pop-music a la American Idol. The video for "What You Want" seems like something I might expect to see from a winner (or runner-up) on Idol. It isn't as satisfying to me as songs like "Lithium," "My Immortal," "Going Under," et al.
Also, I RE-hee-HEALLY wish that Amy Lee would give it up with the religion, already. Evanescence's semi-frequent religious themes, namely the self-identification with sin, helplessness and incapacity, and the need to be "saved" by someone else, make their music much less relatable to me as a person who wants to live and succeed for himself.
Lee writes a lot of lyrics about living for other people. Coming from a strong believer in a faith which teaches that goodness, healing, salvation, etc, can only come from outside of oneself, that really isn't so surprising. Hearing lyrics like "... And now I see what I really am - a thief a whore, and a liar," I can't help but think that she would find a great deal more healing (maybe even write some happy songs!) if she'd stop being so concerned with her "sins" (referenced at least once in this album) and her identity as an innate failure, stop asking someone else to fix, love or validate her and learn how to do those things for herself. There comes a time when you've just gotta take responsibility for your own health and happiness. She has so much talent and energy, that's a sign of a powerful spirit. I just wish she'd see it herself, and that she'd write things reflective of the self-love resulting from said realization. All her energy could become an immense vitality if she'd just stop using it against herself with these self-defeating beliefs.
Overall I give this album 4 out of 5 stars. Despite its shortcomings, it's probably the most complex and driving work I've heard from Evanescence.