Evanescence’s Amy Lee ‘So Glad’ to Release Rap-Less Version of ‘Bring Me to Life’
Evanescence's breakout hit "Bring Me to Life" is notable for the fact that it doesn't sound like a lot of the group's other work, thanks in part to the rap verse in the song's chorus. The upcoming release of the band's Synthesis will see many of Evanescence's songs reworked in new ways, incorporating orchestral and electronic elements into the original compositions. In a recent interview with News.com.au, singer Amy Lee has expressed being "so glad" to release a version of "Bring Me to Life" without the rap part.
Of the original version she says, "God bless the rap, it's part of what got us on the radio, I guess. At least according to all the rules of radio that I don't agree with or understand. The rap wasn't part of our original idea or sound, it was a compromise in many ways. So to be able to go back to the original vision for the song was great."
Lee talked about the ways in which the song has changed over time naturally. "The recording of a song that ends being the one you hear the most through history is usually when the song was just freshly written. You're still learning it yourself and getting used to what the notes are and how the parts go. That's true for "Bring Me to Life," for sure. After doing it live for so long, there's different vocal choices I've made and different things we got to use in this version," explained the singer.
She adds that she often "forgets" that there's rap in the original version, saying, "At the time it was a big issue, it was our first single. I wanted people to understand who we were. That's a struggle you always fight as an artist. If we only had the one hit, if no one ever heard from us again, then nobody would understand who we were. We've made it past that point, so the rap doesn't make me angry anymore. I'm so glad to put a new version out there without the rap, though."
The original's rap was performed by vocalist Paul McCoy of the rock band 12 Stones. Evanescence have already released several songs from the upcoming album, including "Imperfection" and the re-worked "Bring Me to Life." Synthesis is out Nov. 10.
Read the full interview at News.com.au.
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