... which for me is good. Well, Queensryche, what can I say? A love affair that began in the Warning days, albeit after hearing Queen of the Reich. Rage quickly became and still is one of my favourite albums ever, as the advert said , 'every chord a power chord '. Mindcrime followed this raising the bar in perhaps a different direction, then, the too polished Empire followed by Promised Land. This is when the affair started to lose it's shine, Hear in the Now Frontier was well below average, Q2K was passable, Tribe, a few live ones, Mindcrime 2 ( although a reasonable sequel) and the absolutely abismal covers album made me lose the faith. I then found out ( as you do ) about American Soldier and despite a ropey review in Q magazine, I took the plunge.
Very pleased I did as it happens, the subject matter is dealt with quite superbly and the songs, sound, etc is basically prime Queensryche, atmospheric, superb vocals ( by far the best for years ) Absolutely great all round and a reality 'concept'
Highlights for me 30,000 feet, Remember Me and Home Again which choked me the first time I heard it - you'll have to listen yourselves but the vocal exchange between Tate and his daughter is very moving.
Anyway, any old Rych fans out there wanting to get some new stuff to remind them what they loved about them in the first place should go for this