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In the music spotlight: Evanescence

Culture

Issue: "No man's land," May 10, 2003

Hardly a "heatseeker," Fallen, the Wind-Up Records debut from the Arkansas quartet Evanescence, has sold more than a million copies in its first two months. That the album's way was paved by the inclusion of its first single, "Bring Me to Life," in the Daredevil soundtrack is not surprising: The song's blend of Gothic melodrama and muscle-bound metal is perfect for a film based on a comic-book superhero. Neither is it surprising that Fallen ended up on Christian retail charts: In "Tourniquet" singer Amy Lee explicitly demands salvation from Christ, and in the notes guitarist Ben Moody thanks Jesus, adding "all the life left in me is you."

Why Mr. Moody later remarked to Entertainment Weekly, "We're actually high on the Christian charts, and I'm like, What the [obscenity deleted] are we even doing there?" is unclear. What isn't is that DCS, a.k.a. Dixie Chicks Syndrome (formerly Foot-in-Mouth Disease), may soon outrank mp3-downloading as the No. 1 crippler of music sales.

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