I agree that the new stuff is better than everything on Evanescence's last album.
I disagree that it's up-to-par with The Silent Force. The Silent Force touched me as a listener for being unique and powerful. While as their new material is strong and commercial, it just doesn't move me the same way because some of the uniqueness was lost in following another band.
IMO, any time a band sells-out a little bit to cater to US fans, I often consider it to be a step backwards...Lacuna Coil was the only exception, because I thought by going modern they improved drastically.
I'm still waiting for a Euro band to market their style, with their flare, with no sign of following another band or turning even remotely modern, and make it big in the US market. I had hoped Within Temptation would've been the first. I really felt they missed the mark when they didn't start marketing in the states with The Silent Force. Perhaps that would've forced Evanescence to raise their bar a little higher.
'All these years you spoke me, to my heart, to my sanity. Revealed to me all my deepest fears, and brought me down, soaked in tears.' -- Sirenia