- Audio CD (17 Mar. 1997)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: EMI Music UK
- ASIN: B000002UL9
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,633 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Hear in the Now Frontier
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QUEENSRYCHE Hear In The Now Frontier (1997 UK 14-track CD for the sixth studio album by the progressive metal band produced by Peter Collins engineered and mixed by Toby Wright [Alice In Chains]. The album features a more basic stripped down rock musical style than their previous releases and includes the singles Sign Of The Times and You comes with a lyric booklet picture sleeve)
With the popularity of complex, progressive rock on the wane, Queensryche stripped down their sound considerably, going for simpler arrangements and focusing less on orchestration and more on just playing rock and roll. The result is that while Hear in the Now Frontier is a strong effort, it's not as distinctive as their earlier albums. It does, however, have the Queensryche sound-sweeping guitar work, Geoff Tate's powerful voice, and an introspective awareness that manages to avoid pretension. The single "Sign of the Times" is a bit of social commentary similar to "Empire" or "Disconnected" from their earlier albums, but the album includes several hopeful songs as well, including "Some People Fly" and "The Voice Inside". The lack of complexity at first makes it seem as though Hear in the Now Frontier lacks substance, but this isn't the case; it's just not as dense as it used to be. --Genevieve Williams
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So what went wrong? I found Hear... lacking in ideas. The guitars are lightweight, the individual tracks lacking both the impact and the original ideas I'd come to expect from the mighty 'Rcyhe. Even Geoff's incisive lyrics seemed to have dried up.
I felt it was a standard radio rock n roll album that left me feeling little. That may be good enough for some bands, but if you're looking for the infectious, thought provoking music of previous albums that draw you in helplessly, I don't think you'll find it here. I can't wait until Mindcrime II, this is juts about the biggets news in rock for years.
The sound of the album isn't so much the sound of Prog-Metal in the Dream Theatre, Blind Guardian and Fates Warning sense; but rather a stripped down Alice In Chains, Pearl Jam and The Beatles inspired 90s-Alt sound with lots of jangly acoustic guitar and occasional down-tuned electric riffs.
Some fans took this to be a sort of betrayal or selling out, but in all honesty looking back from now it isn't really any different from all of their huge stylistic changes before this album's release and its just furthering the band's mission to never make the same record twice.
In my opinion, this album isn't the monstrous waste of space that it sometimes gets made out to be; tracks like `Saved' `Reach' `Spool' and the single `Sign Of The Times' all have some memorable moments. I actually like at least half of the album and don't exactly dislike the other half in any legitimate way.
Ultimately, that just isn't enough however and so this just isn't all that amazing an album all things considered. There aren't tonnes and tonnes of memorable riffs, the lyrics aren't the sort of thing that stick in your head for days, the guitar solos aren't as impressive as in the past and some of the material is just a little too forgettable.Read more ›
Well, not quite. Many months later I plucked up the courage to tackle it again and skipped into track 3. This was a wise move. 'Get a Life' has more of a lively swagger, but like much of the vocal on here it is understated, unstretched and arguably one dimensional - still, it was a step up. And from the dirge a couple of nuggets did wash to the surface - 'Hit The Black' simply rocks out on a great rolling riff, as does follow up 'Anytime/Anywhere'. 'Spool' is a fairly worthy album closer, building to something approaching an atmospheric climax. The rest are mid paced ballads with loads of slide guitar (reminiscent of country and western) and `meaningful' lyrics. Interestingly when they were digging around for songs to represent the album on the Live Evolution CD they could only come up with 'Hit The Black' (which Tate absolutely rocks out on) and 'Spool'.Read more ›
I can relate to this album still, easily as much as promised land, especially "Miles away" But this song touches on an experience that most of the rockers I know have not, and probably never will, experienced.
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First things first - I love Queensryche. Mindcrime was my favourite album for quite a few years and is still in my top 10. Read morePublished on 31 Jan. 2011 by gururob
I think this is the most underrated of Queensryche's albums. The previous album Promised Land is full of dull lengthy ballads that never quite get going. Read morePublished on 26 Mar. 2004 by Peter Carroll
Whilst queensryche are undoubtedly one of the greatest rock acts ever this album lets them down. It lacks the complexity and richness provided in earlier albums. Read morePublished on 19 Feb. 2003 by professor