Picks and Pans Review: Fallen

updated 06/02/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/02/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Evanescence (Wind-up)

With its brooding guitars and rap-metal chorus, Evanescence's hit "Bring Me to Life" (originally featured on the Daredevil soundtrack) brings to mind a female-fronted Linkin Park. But the Little Rock, Ark., quartet's Top 10 freshman disc rises and mostly falls with its 21-year-old lead singer Amy Lee, who fails to find her own voice with the recording's melancholy orchestrations and petulant lyrics. Borrowing heavily from female rockers who have come before her, Lee veers from Shirley Manson-style sass on the electronicalaced "Going Under" to Tori Amos-inspired atmospherics on the ghoulish "Haunted." If Lee can learn to just be herself, then maybe Evanescence will truly come to life.

BOTTOM LINE: Skip this copycat act

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