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5.0 out of 5 stars A lyrically dark and musically piercing masterpiece, February 10, 1999
This review is from: Operation: Mindcrime (Audio CD)
This album brought me into the fold of Ryche and Rollers. I listen to it more than any other album I own. Queensryche has successfully brought together many complex issues in this album. It is sharp socio-political commentary yet it could easily have been written yesterday rather than eleven years ago. But it addresses complex psychological/emotional issues such as identity, love, interpersonal relations, abuse, obsessions, roles, and needs with rare insight and candor. Queensryche is aware of the fact that these issues cannot be separated from each other and that ambivalence is part of the human condition. This forms the heart of this albums's greatness. The interior monologues (for lack of a better term) that make up most of the album are simply beyond anything else I've ever heard. Frankly, I've never heard or read anything that brings so much together so well. Musically, the sound is always sharp and controlled; as well as angry and/or mournful as is needed by what events are occuring lyrically. Wilton's and DeGarmo's guitar work is second to none individually and jointly. And all of this is densely woven together. What can I say...I really love this album. It is far more than the sum of it's parts. The other reviewers I've read here are right, it deserves far better than a mere five stars. Settle into your favorite chair, unplug the phone, turn out the lights, fire up the stereo and let Queensryche tell you a story about a young man named Nicki...
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