By Simon Vozick-Levinson
Updated June 07, 2010 at 01:38 PM EDT

Two years after her controversial American Idol run, Carly Smithson is still looking for her big break. She recently joined with several former members of Evanescence to form We Are the Fallen, a pop-metal band that sounds like…well, like Evanescence with Carly Smithson subbed in for Amy Lee. Personally, I wasn’t hugely wowed by We Are the Fallen’s debut, which hit the charts last month at a middling No. 33. All that said, they’ve just recorded a U2 cover for — and it’s actually kind of good!

The metalheads broke with type to take on “With or Without You” in an acoustic format. Smart move: Without all that gnashing guitar sludge on top, Smithson’s vocals get to shine. “With or Without You” is well suited to any singer with Smithson’s dramatic instincts. I didn’t really expect to for the reasons mentioned above, but I’m digging this.

Check out We Are the Fallen’s “With or Without You” cover over at Billboard and let us know how you like it.

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