Engagement Album – Why They Are a Wonderful Idea

For those people getting married, a wedding album is on the top of the list. It is a way to display your special day and remember all the important events through pictures. What many people do not consider when first getting engaged, however, is an engagement album. This album cannot only bring you fond memories; it can also be used at your wedding.

One of the first benefits of having an engagement album is the fact that you can recount the special times you shared prior to being married. Some of the happiest moments are those leading up the actual wedding. We often times get caught up in the events and forget the journey that we took to get there. The engagement period is very happy, carefree and joyous. It captures the love and bond that the two of you share on a personal, more intimate level. Many times people take photos for their engagement album in street clothes and just have fun!

An engagement album is like a prequel to the wedding album. In other words, you can view your married life as a series of events. First, you are engaged. You can have this time documented in an amazing flush mount album. When you get married, you create your second album that is the actual event. This is where you are legally joining into one and creating an everlasting bond under God. After you have been married for a while, you can then consider creating an anniversary photo album. This is what completes the album. Many people choose to create anniversary photo albums on their tenth anniversary or their 25th.

You can also use your engagement album at your wedding! Have your album on display near your guestbook for people to look through and see you two together; guests love it! You can even go a step further and create an album- guestbook combination. This will add dimension to both and be extremely personal.

Engagement albums can be as custom as you want. In fact, many couples get very creative with this album choice because it is supposed to be fun, laid back and carefree. It is a time where you two can be yourselves and let your personalities shine through. You will be very happy you took the time to create such a special gift to yourselves. An engagement album is something you will both enjoy looking back on, laughing with and commenting on what a fun time it was. Create memories at every turn you make throughout your life and share them with those you love.

Review Of The Album – Fallen by Evanescence

The Sound:

Clearly, much of art is about the juxtaposition of dissimilar things. In this album, the harsh, masculine guitar distortion and soft feminine vocals are so dissimilar that their pairing complements incredibly well, unleashing the maximum artistic effect. The distortion level and effects on the guitars are so perfect as to be the stereotypical modern rock standard. Not too fuzzy and grungy, not too biting and metallic, the guitars straddle the middle ground, exploding with drop-D frenzy then falling silent to make room for Lee’s verses, piteous and vulnerable. Then the sound rushes back in, with Lee’s voice soaring over all in an overwhelming climax. The tinkling piano is present throughout to balance the heaviness, and the standard goth elements (male grunts, choirs, weepy violins) are interspersed as needed. Every now and then, such as in the tracks “Whisper” and “Haunted”, a buildup leads to a very tasteful, nonmasturbatory solo.

This type of music has never been so palatable on a large scale, and again the success goes to Lee’s voice, which is the linchpin. As worthy has her bandmates may be, it is clear that Amy Lee = Evanescence, Evanescence = Amy Lee, and even more harshly, Amy Lee + different bandmates = the same thing. (Even Seether couldn’t resist cashing in on the reworked single “Broken”, which, when given a gold plating by Lee’s miraculous pipes, proved a bona fide chartbuster.)

Yes, I hear what you’re saying, Lacuna Coil has been around, and Nightwish and other female fronted bands have milked the tortured fem-goth vibe for years. Lacuna Coil’s frontwoman Christina Scabbia can moan like a drowning vampire, but she lacks the raw power and mournful urgency that Lee’s wails can hammer into a defenseless eardrum. Lee is truly a vocal freak, and fairly placed alongside Mariah Carey and Celine Dion in terms of ability. Emotionally, she’s off the scale.

The Lyrics:

The lyrics are as expected: dark/gloomy/suicidal, and though not extraordinary, bring exactly what is expected to a mainstream that craves standardized poppish anthems. Think words like: heart, blood, breathe, wounds, salvation, rape, haunting…well you get the idea. This is not a bad thing in the least. Ultra-poetic/hyper-intellectual lyrics (Cradle of Filth’s albums for example) would have been out of place on an album whose purpose is to propel a few stock themes simply and beautifully. The melodrama police, who say such repetitious melancholy induces yawning should remember that like novels and movies, music often requires the audience to suspend its disbelief. Cynics who imagine for a second that the singer is sincere would momentarily understand the enormity of the sorrow that bleeds from Lee’s voice.

Tracklist:

“Bring Me to Life” might have been a little overplayed, but it gives a good idea of what the rest of the album is like. Personally I like “Taking Over Me”, a ditty that would melt even Satan’s withered heart. “Imaginary” is an overpowering ode to innocence. It would be difficult to single out tracks for description; every one has a catchy hook, and one is in all honesty as good as another. The record label could have released singles at random, to the same effect. Though there are thankfully no filler-interludes of owls hooting in the forest, or Tool-esque soundscapes, a couple songs tone it down a little. “My Immortal” and “Hello” for example, act as introspective oases. The tracklist at 13 is respectable but I believe some of the tracks off Origin [Evanescence’s underground album] could have been reworked and thrown on. “Fields of Innocence”, “Lies” and “Away from Me” would have been great sounding additions, but no biggie here, you can simply download these (with Lee’s publicly stated blessing).

Who’d Like this Album

While its tempting to say “anyone”, this album would be more of a hit among the moody, sensitive, introspective sort.

(The hairy, manly metal warriors afraid to admit they actually like Evanescence tend to turn up the Dimmu Borgir to cover the sound of their consciences.) Linkin Parkers., Papa Roachies and System of a Downers should have no problem in transitioning to black metal’s softer sister. As for those who never listened to such music before, this album’s provides a great chance to become acquainted with a work of real substance and depth. In fact, an innocuous album such as this has great potential to as a gateway to a much larger genre, snatching up those souls who had never listened to dark music before and believed black clothing implied devil-worship. At the same time, it delivers some much needed to emotional depth to the youthful masses, which currently gyrate listlessly to songs like “My Humps”.

To Sum Up:

Any objective listener would conclude that this is a girl with genuine vocal talent, a band that knows its chops, an album with nice polish, and a sub-genre that’s not dead yet. The group’s best new artist Grammy was well deserved, although I tell ya, it chafes like a mo-fo to see other artists, mere lyricists or singers (Beyonce) take home Grammys by the wheelbarrow, while true musicians are sidelined…but oh well, that’s another rant…….

So what’s left to say? Bust out the black eyeliner and stay tuned for Evanescence’s second studio album “The Open Door”, out soon.

Ten Title Tracks That Do Not Live Up To the Rest of the Songs On The Album

David Bowie and Glenn Frey, who both passed away in January, had more in common than just musical talent. Based on the success of their best-selling albums, they also had a knack for making titles for hit songs.

Each of the albums made by Frey’s band, the Eagles, was titled after the song that became its biggest hit. In 1975 they made Desperado, which charted as a single and an album. They had a similar fate with its follow up, One of These Nights. Their biggest album Hotel California came next, spawning the classic hit with the same name. The band’s last album before a ten year hiatus, The Long Run, had the same pattern.

Bowie experienced a similar trend with his albums. Starting with Space Oddity back in the early seventies, the title tracks always became the best hits from the albums. Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars charted both as an LP and an individual song, as was the case with Young Americans and Let’s Dance.

The two late rockers are certainly not the only ones whose title songs are the best from their albums. In fact, it is actually rare for a title track not to be one of the best tunes on the record.

Rare, however, is the case where the title tune is not as good as the other songs on the LP. Here are ten such examples.

Court and Spark by Joni Mitchell

“Help Me” and “Free Man In Paris” were far superior hits, as was “Raised on Robbery.”

Meat Is Murder by the Smiths

Morrissey’s crusade against eating animals is an inferior track on this set, the follow up to the band’s tremendous debut.

Tug of War by Paul McCartney

This underrated collection (“Ballroom Dancing”, “Take It Away”, and “Dress Me Up As a Robber”) is among Sir Paul’s best stuff, excluding the song with the same name.

Pieces of Eight by Styx

“Blue Collar Man” and “Renegade” were the obvious gems, but the title tune is not quite as memorable.

Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles

Considered by many to be the best in the discography of the Fab Four, but the title tune is not quite as strong as the others.

Highway 61 Revisited by Bob Dylan

The song is good, but just not as good as “Like a Rolling Stone”, “Desolation Row” and the rest of the record.

Traffic and Weather by Fountains of Wayne

It serves as a good metaphor for a sexual relationship, but every other number surpasses it in quality.

Jack’s Crows by John Gorka

The folk singer’s sophomore effort soars far higher than the song of the same name.

Imperial Bedroom by Elvis Costello

The title song failed to make the original release and only surfaced as a bonus with the CD format.

How Dare You? by 10cc

Fortunately, after this disappointing instrumental opener, the record is filled with gems like “Art for Art’s Sake”, “Head Room” and “I’m Mandy Fly Me.”