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Loads of resonance !
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 08/10/2011 09:33:55
Like the other reviewers I was thinking... ummm 'Mindcrime 2' & it won't be 'that' good. I was blown away as I personally think its better than Mindcrime. Maybe its the subject matter as its very relavent when you have mates in the forces (like me) and as such it does hold a soldiers life at the forfront of the 'concepty' bit. That said unlike mindcrime the tracks are more playable as individual tracks. I really like this album and being a QR fan for years I am probably biased.If you like them and not sure then I would say go for it as not concepty & weird its concepty and relevant.
Great for the intelligent real music fan. I saw QR when supporting Judas Priest this year. They really are a polished professional outfit and this album reflects that. The only let down are a few quiter tracks that are in my book a bit non descript.
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: Angrypeppy on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.
The 'Almost' album
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 23/06/2009 12:12:34
When I first heard Queensryche I was totally blown away, no other band of their time was going down that road, it was just too unfashionable, but they stuck to what they do best, progressive metal being the only phrase you could use to identify what they do. Unfortunately, after their excellent Empire album the band have lost their direction somewhat with a series of disappointing efforts.
This album however really has recaptured their previous form and the fans who kept the faith will not be disappointed with this effort. While it isn't quite in the same league as Mindcrime, Rage for Order or Empire it's what the die-hard fans have waited a long time for, and I feel that this album was done for them, which is fine, but there is nothing here that will bring in the new recruits which is a shame as the band are more than capable of writing some good tunes as well as immersing themselves in a concept and pushing the boundaries.
It's worth playing it a few times before making a judgement because it does need time to grow on you, and grow on you it certainly will. It's 'Almost' a classic, but I feel there is something missing, what it is I can't say, but it was definately worth the wait. Well done fellas!
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: Robthemod on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.
Finally Back To Form
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 14/04/2009 12:19:18
Finally a Queensryche album that is worthy of the bands history.
The last couple of albums have been patchy to say the least and their hasnt been a classic release for many years. They were starting to look like a band afraid of their own history.
The debut was a solid album (3/5) Rage For Order was groundbreaking at the time (4/5).
The next two albums were the highlights. Mindcrime (5/5) was awe inspiring as a complex yet accessable high concept album and Empire was a comercial goldmine of adult themes and catchy hits (5/5).
These two albums are the breakthrough releases that saw the band hit the bigtime. They are also the albums that everything else has been judged against, rightly or wrongly.
After that things fell away a little. You get the impression that the band didnt want the celebrity that came with the previous albums. Promised Land (3/5) was a very dark almost deliberate atempt to go against what people were expecting. Hear In The Now Frontier (4/5) was better but did nothing comercially.
The less said about the next couple of albums the better, including a pointless covers album (to me they always seem to reek of desperation). I was really beginning to think that the band had lost it. The news that they were going back to Mindcrime filled me with dread.
Fortunately Mindcrime II was a return to form (4/5). The band finally seem to be energized again and the music flows nicely. A guest apperance on the album from Dio and Moore returning as Sister Mary also didnt hurt.
So we come to American Soldier (5/5) This is a very dark and yet also uplifting album. It looks into the heart of darkness and comes out with hope. If there is an album in recent years that deals with the subject of war as intensely and honestly as this i havnt heard it.
This album will do nothing comercially. There are good songs here but no primetime radio station will be playing them. This is a crying shame and an huge black mark against the state of the industry as this album deserves to be heard.
I know its only April, but this is one of the best albums of the year.
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: Wamphyri71 on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.
A great album - wish they got the recognition they deserve
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 06/04/2009 23:06:03
Just received my copy of this as a birthday present.
I was a little wary about it - Mindcrime is possibly the greatest concept album ever in my mind - could this rival it? Whilst not Mindcrime it is, all the same, a great concept album - just different. It took a while to get into it on first play but it has grown on me this evening and I am actually looking forward to sitting in a queue on the motorway tomorrow so that I can spend more time listening to it. I think I will like it a lot!
Not sure I have a favourite as yet but 30000 feet, A Dead Mans Words, If I Were King (bit of a Kings X riff going on there?)and Home Again (despite my initial scepticism about a duet between Tate and his ten year old daughter) are cracking tracks.
Truly an album of intelligent, quality, entertaining rock music - by one of the most talented 'unheard' of bands ever! Lets hope they tour the UK soon. Go on - buy it !
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: marshan1 on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.
return to form
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 06/04/2009 16:41:20
I might be in a minority here but i've enjoyed all of queensryche's output (and i include tribe) but this is a real return to form,from start to finish this album flows with real perfection.Taking into account the subject matter this had be a killer record and it is.One of the records of the year.Well done boys now how about a uk tour.
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: martyman on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.
A near return to form for a long term favourite band
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 01/04/2009 17:12:31
I have been a die-hard Queensryche fan since I first heard "Take Hold Of The Flame" on a Kerrang! Kompilation back around 1986. Went out to buy the just released "Rage For Order" & 1984's "The Warning" at the earliest opportunity, scouring the record shops for the EP too.
For me, "Mindcrime" was damn fine but soon surpassed by "Empire" & then my favourite album of all time by any artist, "Promised Land"; mind blowing doesn't begin to describe that one.
So the relative disappointments of what followed were almost inevitable. Over simplified "Hear In The Now Frontier" & grungified "Q2k" were followed by "Tribe", showing some glimmers of light that faded rather quickly with the disappointing "O:MII" - just not hitting the mark & overall, a missed opportunity to show the 21st century bands how it should be done...
So now we have "American Soldier", a very different concept album.
I really liked the first few seconds of "Sliver", the opening track, but this quickly faded when the almost funky, rappy use of the soldier's commands changed the feel of the song to something I am very uncomfortable with in a QR track. Reminded me of the homeboy sound Geoff Tate introduced on Tribe's "Desert Dance" (an otherwise good song). Not a good omen.
"Unafraid", awash with interview snippets of real American Soldiers would have made a far better opening track if it weren't for the way the 'verses' of the music are flattened to aid the listener in hearing the samples. Musically I think this is a really cool track but to kill the musical production in this way was a shame. Maybe another way could've been found to maintain the snippets' clarity along with the music?
From this point on, I really do find it hard to fault this release.
The atmosphere & subtlties of previous QR efforts have returned with some force; at times I hear influences of "Rage For Order", & of the better parts of "Tribe".
I cannot help but listen repeatedly to "At 30,000 Feet", "A Dead Man's Words", "Man Down" & "The Voice". Awesome as can be given QR are always going to be in the shadow of the 80s/90s releases.
The other tracks are still very good & I am sure that given more listening time they too will come to the fore... that is the beauty of a good QR release... there's always something to look forward to.
If you are a long term QR fan, take your first few listens from track 3 - forget 1 & 2 exist & visit those later.
Queensryche are almost back to greatness with this record. Just try a tiny bit harder guys & you will be "... King"... ;)
Note: This Review was made by Play.com customer: apemonkeyman on Rakuten’s Play.com on the date shown.
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