Saturday, April 27, 2013

April 27, 2013

QUEENSRYCHE...Operation: Mindcrime  (1988)
Operation: Mindcrime, the third album from Queensryche, was released 25 years ago today in 1988.  It was produced by Peter Collins. It reached number 50 on the U.S. Billboard album charts.  I will give this a 3 out of 5 stars.  The music itself is fantastic, with fantastic vocals from Geoff Tate while the band just flat out rocks!!  This is a concept album and the subject matter is a little dark.  It deals with a guy who is disillusioned with America, especially it's political state and he is now thinking of assassinating political leaders he deems corrupt by joining a revolutionary group which now tells him to kill a corrupt priest and a nun.  In the meantime he falls in love with the nun who once had been a prostitute.  She is killed but he can't remember if he is the one who killed her.  Besides the crazy story this turns out to be a cool listen.  The nearly 11 minute "Suite Sister Mary" is alone worth the price of admission, with Michael Kamen leading the orchestra (even though the lyrics are a bit ridiculous).  If you want to hear some good jammin' metal check out "Breaking The Silence." That has to be the highlight of the album for me.  The other highlight is the final track "Eyes of a Stranger."  Check it out, it's a good album
(CD, vinyl, Allmusic review)

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