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  • Audio CD (April 4, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • ASIN: B000E1ZBHM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (382 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,933 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Seattle quintet Queensryche has always stood apart from other heavy metal bands through their artful progressive bent and intense observations on the world around them. With their third album, 1988's Grammy-nominated and critically acclaimed Operation: Mindcrime-a concept opus born out of Reagan-era disilllusionment-Queensryche transcended the metal label and sealed their reputation for cerebral music and heady lyrical vision. Set 20 years later, and awash in "rock, revenge, and redemption," this brilliant new sequel was inspired by current political and social climates. Rhino. 2006.

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Queensrÿche's sequel to the classic 1998 concept piece Operation: Mindcrime is not as good as the original. Mindcrime II lacks the sense of sweeping cinematic awe found on the original and although the quintet has managed to create an album that's equal to or above any studio outing it's done in recent years, there's nothing here that will bolster the band back to its former glory. A distinct lack of standout songs is perhaps the greatest problem. "Revolution Calling," "I Don't Believe In Love," and "Speak" became Queensrÿche classics not because they were part of the grand concept found on O:M, but because they could be drawn out and held up as fine examples of writing that probed the corrupt spirit of the age. O:M bled heavy truths from its deepest grooves.

Those familiar with the concept from the first album should note that this second installment focuses on protagonist Nikki and his desire to exact revenge on the corrupt Doctor X, making for a more insular narrative. That's a problem because one of the great thrills of the original Mindcrime was the scope of its scorn; here, the band never reaches beyond the confines of the world it created for this updated fantasy. The urgency that emanated from the earlier affair hasn't become muted, it has simply faded.

Yet, this new record's better than you might first believe and proves difficult to fully dismiss. In the 18 years since the original installment the band has become leaner, often more exacting, possessing a confidence that was less pronounced on earlier recordings. Scott Rockenfield's drumming has grown more interesting with time and the years have done little to lessen vocalist Geoff Tate's multi-octave expertise. The dual guitar attack of Michael Wilton and Mike Stone lacks the depth that the classic Wilton/Chris DeGarmo pairing had, but it proves enamoring on tracks such as "The Chase" (featuring a surprisingly pallid-sounding Ronnie James Dio), the swaggering "Junkie's Blues," and the near return-to-form "Fear City Slide."

No matter its strengths, O:M II ultimately reinforces the idea that while Queensrÿche's greatest moments may still lie ahead, the prospects of that being true become increasingly scant with each passing record. A decent enough stab at rekindling old glory that fails with admirable flair. --Jedd Beaudoin

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The songs here are not bad and not good.
KOURKOULOS NIKOS
I just don't know, I like the sound of Queensryche, but this cd just doesn't do it for me.
Glenn O. Kirms
With every listen to this CD it just gets better and better.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By D. Rausch on August 29, 2006
Format: Audio CD
The reviews on here are just as predicted. Some loyal to the old Ryche and some loyal to the entire career of this band (start to ....finish). As one who tries to commit to the latter, yet is truly moved only by material up to - and INCLUDING! - Promised Land, allow me to offer a heart-felt attempt at a reality-based review; one that reports mixed results.

No, it's not the same band. There's no Chris. And really, there's no epics. Nothing truly memorable. And the intensity of the legitimacy of the PURPOSE! ...???????
But as some of you have pointed out, it still IS Queensryche, in some form. Which will always be aweseome on some level. There's still an addictive quality to the music.

Without doing another play by play, here's the real scoop on the album. The music is the best since Promised Land, but doesn't match that or any prior effort. Why? Primarily because it is weighed down by the band's terrible identity crisis about what sort of PRODUCTION their music needs. For a band who prides themselves on not following trends, that spirit is starting to get real paper thin. The music is compressed to holy hell, just like everything else out there, which squashes the mix and in turn it's hard to hear a palatable stereo image. It's just unpleasurable grain in the guitar distortion and the usual "2000's" vocal treatment - up-front, without character or dynamic, and such that one can't really hear any subtle nuance in the soundscape. So I blame the production team first. The music is never given a chance to breathe (unlike OMC I , if drowned in reverb ).

The other problem - going back to the music itself - is the songs don't get real good till the end. Too little too late. Where "Suite Sister Mary" was on I, we have Ronnie James Dio on II.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit on April 16, 2006
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For those who worship at the altar of Chris DeGarmo - if he still had the same knack for great songwriting that he showed on OM:I or Empire, then how to explain Hear in the Now Frontier or his efforts on Tribe? HITNF had DeGarmo's fingerprints all over it, and that was their first bad album. Face it, he was GREAT back in the day, but that day is gone. So Queensr?che is moving on without him (he did leave by the way, it's not like they kicked him out), and I say good for them!

With that out of the way, what about OM:II? Well as others have said, it is not the masterpiece that the first one was. But I can honestly say that this is the best work the band has done since Promised Land, easily. I will admit, however, that it took about 4-5 listens for the album to really start sinking in. But right off the bat, I loved "Re-Arrange You," "The Chase" and "Murderer?" Those three songs are the high point of the album. And I love that they ended the album with a ballad rather than a rocker. "All the Promises" is a beautiful track and could have come right off Promised Land (my favorite QR album).

Geoff Tate may not be able to hit the glass-shattering notes like he could back in 88, but his voice still sounds very strong. And I think Mike Stone, once he starts to get his playing style in the Ryche more well-defined, will prove to be a more than capable 2nd guitarist.

One thing that was a big disappointment for me is the production. I guess Rhino gave QR a low budget to work with, because the sonics of the album are not that great. A little more clarity and "oomph" in the sound would have really given the album more impact. Something tells me that this will sound even better live though.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By S. Johnson on April 4, 2006
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Overall, this album is one of the strongest since the original Mindcrime. According to interviews with the band, they really focused on relearning/replaying Mindcrime extensively and wrote the sequel in the same key, etc. My initial reaction is that this album is much better than anything they've put out since Empire, however, this album includes musical elements that are remincient of all of their albums except Empire. I've been a fan since Rage for Order and was as shocked as anyone when Queensrcyhe hit the big time with Silent Lucidity of all songs. Not a bad song, but also not one you would expect to grab the public either. Following are reviews of some of the key tracks.

I'm American: This is a pretty cool song. It's got powerful drumming, angry guitars, twin guitar harmonies are back (thank God - what's up with no meaningful lead guitar on Tribe?).

One Foot in Hell: A decent groove, nice bluesy female background vocals.

Hostage: Song sounds great. One of the more commercial-friendly tracks and much better than the live bootlegs on the net.

The Hands: Begins with opening from I Don't believe in Love. Nice touch. Vocals are powerful and melodic. Vocal effects include the "yell through a bullhorn and an echo chamber". Underlying guitar riff is a powerful groove with subtle lead guitar and strings in the background. Bass work is impressive. Drumming is methodical and understated.

Signs of Light: The intro almost sounds like a funky "artist formally known as Prince" meets Led Zeppelin. Special effects sound like automated recordings in a futuristic airport terminal. Chorus is similar to tracks on Hear and the now Frontier. Reminiscent of "Some People fly".
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OMCII Hollow Disaster
More often than not, it takes a few listens to fully comprehend & appreciate a Queensryche cd......All of you claiming to be long time fans should remember how long it took some other Queensryche cds before they were recognized for their brilliance ...........

"Their first full album for... Read More
Apr 8, 2006 by Wendi Smith |  See all 27 posts
It's Time to Grow Up and Move On!!
I haven't picked up OMC:II yet, as we are in the middle of moving, but it is on the list to get as soon as we're settled (along with the new Prince and Pearl Jam albums). Interesting reviews on it, quite the range of opinion. I figure even mediocre Queensryche is WAY better than most of the crap... Read More
May 8, 2006 by jakeandchloesmom |  See all 3 posts
Great disc, will win new fans, alienate a few old fans, and galvanize...
I fully agree with you on EVERY point you made. I had a chance to listen to the album before it's release and I cannot WAIT to go pick it up April 4th!!! I was really blown away by the story but more importantly, the performances. Tate rocks. His voice is flawless. People may say he doesn't have... Read More
Mar 14, 2006 by Daveyboy |  See all 4 posts
Operation Mindcrime II: Review and SPOILERS?
Excellent critique, I agree with you on most points.
High points:
Definitely "Re-arrange You" which is very high energy and I put it up there with some of QR's best singles from any album
"Fear City Slide" which has an excellent melody, with a well-constructed bridge section... Read More
Apr 4, 2006 by Charles Jacobi |  See all 6 posts
After a lengthy study.
well said!!!!!!!! The fact of the matter is that I have heard so many people including myself saying I just can't stop listening to this cd,,It's awesome!!!!!!
Apr 2, 2006 by Wendi Smith |  See all 2 posts
OMCII Rocks!! Be the first to reply
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