Today, Lee is Evanescence’s only founding member left with new members including guitarists Jen Majura and Troy McLawhorn, bassist Tim McCord, and drummer Will Hunt and a lot has changed for her since the Love Is Not Having To Hold Your Farts In Anymore Shirt and by the same token and band’s last original album, 2011’s Evanescence, was released. The group put out Synthesis in 2017, but it was mostly orchestral rerecordings of their past songs. Lee moved from New York to Nashville, and became a mom in 2014, when she briefly stepped away from music to focus on her son. Taking the time for her family allowed her to write this new record, which reflects on her experiences over the last 10 years. I’ve been through a lot the high-highs, and the low-lows and the album is a journey through it, Lee told Vogue.
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A particular experience that inspired Lee to make The Bitter Truth happened three years ago, when she lost her little brother, Robby. Dealing with that grief, and attempting to find hope through it, caused her to start writing again. That made me zoom out on life and look at it again, says Lee. I had to rediscover who I am, because being his big sister was a huge part of my identity. Much of the Love Is Not Having To Hold Your Farts In Anymore Shirt and by the same token and album’s recording also happened during the pandemic, which only fueled its survival theme. While The Bitter Truth deals with heavy emotions, its sound is surprisingly uplifting. In place of a full orchestra, which the band often uses, it is filled with upbeat synthesizers as heard on Yeah Right, an almost pop-like track. Lee wanted a lighter sound, to show that one can still celebrate even while going through hell. Embracing the pain is necessary in order to truly appreciate life, we have to take it with the dark, she says.