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Hear in the Now Frontier

3.7 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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Product details

  • 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)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Sign of the Times
  2. Cuckoo's Nest
  3. Get a Life
  4. The Voice Inside
  5. Some People Fly
  6. Saved
  7. You
  8. Hero
  9. Miles Away
  10. Reach
  11. All I Want
  12. Hit The Black
  13. Anytime/Anywhere
  14. Spool

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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)

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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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Format: Audio CD
Queensryche have produced some of the best albums of all time in Mindcrime, Promised Land and Rage for Order. Personally I think Mindcrime (I) still is the greatest album ever written due to it's engrossing story, tense and emotional guitars and tight assembly.
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.
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Hear In The Now Frontier is the sixth full-length studio album by the Seattle based Progressive Metal Queensrÿche, it was recorded in Stone Gossard's home studio, produced by Toby Wright and released in 1997. With every passing album from the beginning of their career up until the time when this was released, Queensrÿche had reinvented their sound every time, and Hear In The Now Frontier takes a similarly large change in direction, crossing over into Alternative-Rock territory.

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.
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First signs were good when I chanced upon this in Our Price on its release - a nod towards Pink Floyd on the cover suggested sophistication inside and there was a gushing synopsis on the Our Price shelf display, proclaiming a Prog Rock masterpiece within. Having purchased it I hurried home and slammed it into the cd player, the air heavy with the expectation born of the experience of listening to both Mindcrime and Empire for the first time. Anybody who has heard Hear in the now frontier knows what happened next - bitter disappointment. I stomached the opener 'Sign Of The Times', with its jarring, droning, acoustic chorus, but it was the follow up of 'Cuckoos Nest' that had me reeling in horror. Quite possibly Queensryche's worst song, it revolves around both a discordant riff and a droning vocal melody - at this point I gave up - if you can't get the first two songs right then the rest has to be downhill.

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'.
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Format: Audio CD
As suggested, I think this album is underated. It has some fantastic tracks on it, "The voice inside" "Hit the black" Sighn of the Times". I think the issue here is that it is so different to their other stuff. The music is less layerd and basic but still strong, but the lyrics make up for this in depth and meaning, It seems more personal to them and this is probably lost on people which is why they think it bland.
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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