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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.
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
If you loved the original Mindcrime as much as I did, then of course you have to check out part two. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ty
This album is flat out horrible. I bought the album because I was going to see the Queensryche Operation Mindcrime 2 tour and was hoping to learn about some of the songs. Read morePublished 13 months ago by kelly Groce
This is a conceptual album as a follow up to Operation Mind Crime - this is a meandering mess. Maybe all the issues within the band fragmented into opposing parts is to blame. Read morePublished 19 months ago by dgray5150
Like pretty much ALL Queensryche fans, I had dreamt about a part 2 to Mindcrime, but honestly after a decade of watching this band drift farther and farther away from the style and... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Scott Bazzett
For those of you that loved the first album, don't get your hopes up with this one. The writing, playing and singing aren't there on this album. Lackluster.Published 21 months ago by Beef Smellington
An insult to the original. It is obvious from listening to this that the information the producer supplied on Wikipedia is accurate. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Terrell39
Never heard this cd before, it was a continuous story from the 1st one. I wish now that they would do an animated movie from these 2 cds. Highly recommend this sellerPublished on July 20, 2013 by shawn tweedy
I was impressed with Jeff Tate and his range of vocals! A very solid band and they play great live too!Published on April 25, 2013 by Dave
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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
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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
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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
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Excellent critique, I agree with you on most 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
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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
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