I know it's terrible, but having an attractive woman as the front for your band helps sell records. Having one that sounds like a creepy dark version of Sarah McLachlan is even better. She's a hot gothic princess who can sing. Combine that with angry guitar and some of that ethereal and epic sounding stuff and you're headed in the right direction.
Overall I really like the album, probably 8 of the 11 tracks, which to me qualifies it as a good album. It'll probably stay in my car for awhile. My biggest criticism is that I think they need to push the sound just a little harder. I think to do that, they need just the right producer. In their bios and interviews they say they like that "ethereal and epic" sound, I just think they need a little guidance to round it out.
Tonight I saw them "live" on MTV's Live at The Hard Rock, and I was a little disappointed. Amy Lee, the vocalist, has the pipes, but they're not well trained yet. I don't hold it against her... she's 20 and suddenly a rock star. I think with a little time and discipline she'll be really polished live. Reminds me of the time I first saw Shirley Manson and Garbage circa December 1995, where she lacked the confidence and vocal consistancy she has now.
Wow, I sound like such a music critic! I hate music snobs and I don't want to be one, but I think the more you listen to over time the more you're able to put a finger on what you like or don't like.