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Most people laugh at me when I tell them Queensryche is one of my favorite bands. I get the usual "Don't only people with mullets listen to them?" or "Weren't they some one-hit wonder hair band?". NO. Queensryche is far more skilled (technically and otherwise) and serious musically and lyrically than your average hair band. I think of them as Iron Maiden meets Rush and Pink Floyd, and of course very original as well. They did, however, have the hair.
"Best I Can" is one of my favorite `Ryche songs (they've closed with it both times I've seen them live, it kicks ass), with the inspired lyrics and catchy guitar riffs and vocals. The bridge in 7/8 has a serious groove, and the solo (DeGarmo, I should think) is just so tasty. "Jet City Woman" is a rocking song, with some great guitar harmonies and solos. "Silent Lucidity" is the one everyone's surely heard, the Pink Floyd-ish ballad was a huge hit. It's still a beautiful song. "Anybody Listening?" is my personal favorite, and some of the guitar riffs remind me off Rush. 70's Rush, that is. The solo is so powerful (even more-so live). The lyrics are very good too, as some have called it the best song about the effects of fame since Rush's "Limelight".
The rest of the songs are far from filler. Every song is great, and this is one of the best overall albums I own.Read more ›
Those quotations are there because Queensryche deserves more than routine catagorization. Their music is at times heavy, and often intelligent, and that's about all the description you should need. If you realize that the past 10 years of mainstream music has been a case of record companies shooting themselves in the foot, this review shall serve to educate you that this album was one of the last appearances of greatness to strike mainstream popularity - it's a good thing Queensryche got this album in before it all went down hill!
The album; dashes of Pink Floyd/Rush/Bon Jovi/Def Leppard/Wagner!
One of my favorite songs ever is the closing track "Anybody Listening?" Epic emotion, powerful vocals, sustained guitar landscapes `a la David Gilmour, operatic theatrics `a la Les Miserables. The song is an adventure, a journey, with changing keys, moods and sections. Everything that a best-song-ever should be is in this unique composition.
Then there's the song that "broke them", despite a very successful prior album ("Operation: MindCrime"). If you only know Queensryche for one song, it's "Silent Lucidity." Granted, it's a bit simpler than much of their work, but just as with "Anybody Listening?Read more ›
The song in question is, of course, "Silent Lucidity", the song that should have won the Best Rock Song Grammy in 1991 (instead, it was Sting's uninteresting "The Soul Cages"). "Lucidity" reminds people that bands lumped into the "metal" category can be capable of music of ethereal beauty, and also emotional contact. "Lucidity" also features one of the most simple, elegant solos I can remember, based mostly on just three notes. Reminds me of The Edge's simple, spare, perfectly tailored solos for U2.
The rest of the album is stirring, dense hard rock: "Jet City Woman" with its spitfire guitar work, the moodily sensual "Another Rainy Night (Without You)", the ferocious, sociologically conscious title track, and the long, narrative "Della Brown" are other standouts, culminating in another of Queensryche's resonant ballads, "Anybody Listening?", thematically close to Queen's "The Show Must Go On".
Though not the reckless adrenalin rush that was Operation: Mindcrime, Empire provided shades of subtlety and beauty first hinted at on Rage for Order, here reaching full bloom. Hear what was to be, unfortunately, the last great gasp of a band gradually being (unfairly) lumped in with the old school, one that deserves better.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this album, to me it is one of the Best of Rock & Pop you can listen to!!Published 13 days ago by J. R. Zinno
Hoping this came early for a gift but it didn't and it was damaged-cracked. I hope the cd inside is ok. Will find out when they open it. Wish me luck!Published 1 month ago by hk2013
Its just a good CD from Queensryche. Some of their getting hits are on this CDPublished 2 months ago by vamp1
I'd like to preface this by stating that queensreich are excellent song writers and musicians. I had this album and loved it when I was 15 years old but only now when I'm 40 so I... Read morePublished 3 months ago by zman1975
Really no need for a review. The last Tate era Queensryche album worth owning is all you need to know. The muic speaks for itself.Published 4 months ago by the buddah