Anywhere but Home

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Anywhere but Home
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Live album by
ReleasedNovember 23, 2004
RecordedMay 25, 2004
VenueLe Zénith, Paris
Genre
Length
  • 61:31 (CD)
  • 140:00 (DVD)
LabelWind-up
Producer
Evanescence chronology
Fallen
(2003)
Anywhere but Home
(2004)
The Open Door
(2006)

Anywhere but Home is the first live album and video release by American rock band Evanescence, released on November 23, 2004, by Wind-up Records. It includes all four of their Fallen music videos, an hour of behind the scenes features, and a recording of a concert at Le Zénith in Paris. It also includes a previously unreleased song on the CD release, titled "Missing" (which also plays during the DVD credits); while placed at the end of the disc, the CD insert shows it as track eight however it is actually track 14 and incorrectly labeled "Whisper".

Background[edit]

Evanescence performing at Le Zénith, Paris

Anywhere but Home was filmed during Evanescence's concert at Le Zénith in Paris on May 25, 2004. The tour supported the album Fallen (2003) and every song from that album except "Hello" was performed at that show. However, three new songs were released on Anywhere but Home, including "Missing", "Breathe No More" (which was featured on the soundtrack to the 2005 film Elektra), and "Farther Away".

Controversy[edit]

In December 2004, Trevin and Melanie Skeens of Maryland, who had bought the album for their thirteen-year-old daughter, filed a class action lawsuit against Wal-Mart after hearing the word "fuck" sung during the song "Thoughtless", a cover of a Korn song. The lawsuit claimed that while the album contained this explicit word, there was no Parental Advisory sticker on the package. It also claimed that this album violated Wal-Mart's policy of not stocking music with explicit lyrics, and that the company had to be aware of the problem because the word was dubbed out of a free sample on the Walmart.com website.[1][2] The lawsuit was resolved by court order of a deal which would allow those people who bought the album at a Maryland Wal-Mart location to receive a refund.[3][4] Some copies have the Parental Advisory notice, yet other copies are still sold without it now.

Extras[edit]

A secret performance of "Bring Me to Life" in Las Vegas, Nevada can be found on the DVDs main menu by moving the cursor to the largest thorn on the left-hand side of the screen. The band symbol then becomes visible. When selected, this will take the user to the hidden footage.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[5]
Classic Rock4/5 stars[6]

Johny Loftus of AllMusic graded the album with three and a half out of five stars. He said that the album "reasserts Amy Lee's position at Evanescence's center. Throughout the band's rise, there was the drama... but there was always the singular force of Lee, whose powerful vocals, strident public persona, and striking fashion sense broke down the doors of the alternative metal boys club."[5] He finished his review by saying, "Appropriately, Lee is the star of Anywhere but Home. Her voice has an impressively raw quality live, and her banter with the fawning Parisian crowd is always engaging."[5] Geoff Barton of Classic Rock graded Anywhere but Home with four out of five stars.[6]

On the Billboard 200, the album debuted at number 39 on December 11, 2004, selling 59,000 copies in its first week.[7][8] On the Spanish DVD Chart, Anywhere but Home debuted at number one for the week ending November 28, 2004;[9] it became the best-selling music DVD of 2004 in Spain.[10]

Track listing[edit]

CD[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Haunted"4:04
2."Going Under"
  • Lee
  • Moody
  • Hodges
3:57
3."Taking Over Me"
3:57
4."Everybody's Fool"
  • Lee
  • Moody
  • Hodges
3:40
5."Thoughtless" (Korn cover)4:37
6."My Last Breath"
  • Lee
  • Moody
  • Hodges
3:53
7."Farther Away"
  • Lee
  • Moody
  • Hodges
5:02
8."Breathe No More"Lee3:33
9."My Immortal"
  • Lee
  • Moody
4:38
10."Bring Me to Life"
  • Lee
  • Moody
  • Hodges
4:43
11."Tourniquet"
4:17
12."Imaginary"
  • Lee
  • Moody
5:25
13."Whisper"
  • Lee
  • Moody
5:45
14."Missing" (Studio version)
  • Lee
  • Moody
  • Hodges
4:16

DVD[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Album
Greece (IFPI Greece)[18] Gold 10,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[28] Gold 20,000^
United States (RIAA)[29] Gold 500,000^
Video
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[30] Gold 25,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[10] Platinum 25,000^
United States (RIAA)[31] 5× Platinum 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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  6. ^ a b Barton, Geoff (February 2005). "Evan' Tonight". Classic Rock. Vol. 76. London. p. 112.
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