- Audio CD (April 27, 1988)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: EMI Import
- ASIN: B000002UEB
- Average Customer Review: 423 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,269 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Long dubbed "the thinking man's metal band," Queensryche have always been difficult to classify; somewhere between Iron Maiden and Pink Floyd. Mindcrime was their breakthrough album, garnering the band commercial and critical success. Arguably their best release, this is a complex, ambitious effort, with top-notch music and a complicated storyline (a disillusioned fortune hunter of the Reagan era joins an underground movement to assassinate political scumbags) that flows smoothly from start to finish. The combination of experimental, progressive music with shorter, more radio-friendly songs works well, and enabled the band to release singles from the album while keeping the story intact. These shorter songs provide the album's most exciting moments; "Revolution Calling," "Eyes of a Stranger," and "I Don't Believe in Love" are some of the best metal songs out there. --Genevieve Williams
Top customer reviews
I wanted to reacquire this album so I could enjoy it through my Audio Technica ATH M50X headphones . Ive just completed that goal and this album never sounded so good as it did through my ATH-M50X phones . This is one of the best if not the best album ever . I think i had an eargasm listening to it this time . Awesomeness Personified .
"Fighting fire with empty words. While the banks get fat, the rich get rich and the cops get paid to look away as the one percent rule America"
The strengths and weaknesses of this album are largely unchanged and time hasn't diminished the quality of Mindcrime very much at all. The concept, the story, the arrangement and scope and some really fine songs with punchy choruses and Tate giving it all and the band creating a great soundscape are the strengths. The weaknesses are still the production (even remastered) on occasion; Tracks like Needle sound pretty thin on record and are much better live. The lyrics are occasionally too obvious as well but they detract little from the package.
One thing to note about this package is that it is not the Livecrime release. The DVD here is a collection of the video segments you may have seen for the singles and the live album is a later recording and in my opinion not as strong as Livecrime. If you really want the full Mindcrime experience then you need to purchase the Operation Livecrime DVD separately. Mindcrime is a really visual album even in audio form so when you can actually see the album come together on stage before an audience with animation and video sequences, combined with the performances, it really brings Mindcrime to life.