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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 25 October 2002
This is Yngwie's most successful release stateside, just falling short of gold status. Joe Lynn Turner on vocals brought a commercial edge never experienced before or since, and also wrote most of the lyrics - maybe also the melodies depending on who you ask - adding to the "Rainbow" feel. He doesn't quite have the vocal range of previous vocalists, but his smooth, bluesy-edged delivery is unique, and personally I am a big fan of JLT anyway.
In addition, Yngwie was recovering from a bad car crash, which left him unable to hold a plectrum. This makes the quality of the guitar playing even more astounding.
There are still songs that are classic Yngwie, Rising Force, Faster..., Riot in the Dungeon for example. But Dreaming is one of the best rock ballads ever (the solo is outstanding), Heaven Tonight and Now Is The Time are pure pop, and Crystal Ball starts like a Toto song.
This is not meant to be a criticism, however, the melodies are excellent and the choruses memorable; considerably more so that some of his more recent stuff.
Should have made Yngwie a superstar.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 6 March 2002
I first listened to this in the Golden era of 80s metal, around when I was 14. Despite the obvious leanings toward saccharine sentimentality, Odyssey is a tour de force of everything that is good about Mr Malmsteen. The solos are great, the riffs are fantastic and the songs rush along at such a pace as to drag the listener inside the album and go until the very end. That was the great thing about that era of metal and rock music - albums were made to be listened to from beginning to end and they all made sense as individual pieces and as a more powerful whole. They were personal records for dreaming to. The only bands that attempt to do that sort of thing now are the relics from that same era (eg.Iron Maiden), their mimics (eg. Iced Earth) and possibly extreme music vendors (eg. Emperor).
Rising Force is a crunching blockbuster of a song that rises to almost unimaginable heights. Dreaming is a whiny ballad but that's no bad thing. Riot in the Dungeon is much the same as Rising Force and equally as good. The longer tracks on side 2 are of merit as well. Faster Than the Speed of Light is a sizzling tune, Now is the Time is a dirgey thinker complete with rusty guitar sounds, Deja Vu and Crystal Ball hark back to Malmsteen's Trilogy and Marching Out opuses. The final 2 instrumentals are both beautiful and lingering.
Malmsteen slipped up somewhere after this, Eclipse being barely mediocre and I lost interest, especially with the fall of metal and hard rock during the latter half of the 80s. Now, as nu-metal invades our airwaves (basically it's Britney Spears with different packaging), we can see where it all came from. The 80's may have the reputation for the worst decade, musically, but I happen to believe that some of the great albums of all time were cut around that time. This may not rank up there with the genius of Slayer's Reign in Blood, Metallica's Master of Puppets or the majority of Iron Maiden's earlier albums but it certainly makes a perfect accompaniment to an era as dead as punk and as remembered with as much fondness.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 13 April 2001
From the opening track "Rising Force" any listener will know that this album is all about heavy metal power. The combination of Malmsteen's guitar wizardry and Joe Lynn Turner's massive vocal talent make for some truly unforgettable late Eighties rock. From the dynamic, thumping energy of "Deja Vu" and "Crystal Ball" through to the emotional tranquility of "Dreaming" this is by far Mr Malmsteen's most impressive album. A true classic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 30 April 2011
I have to give Yngwie credit for writing this album during the same year he smashed his car into a tree and went into a coma with damages to his limbs and nerves. This is one of those albums that you can play through from start to finish without skipping a track. From the mental opener of Rising Force to the soft and relaxing acoustic outro Memories, Malmsteen and co showcase a whole new way to play heavy metal. 2 ballads are featured on this album including Hold On and the very popular Dreaming (Tell Me). Also included is the hit single Heaven Tonight which is awesome!. The album does have its fair share of catchy tunes including the insane Riot In The Dungeons, the fast drum beats of Deja Vu, the highway blaster Faster Then The Speed Of Light, the supercool Crystal Ball and the catchy Now Is The Time. And we get not one but four instrumentals including Bite The Bullet, Krakatau, Memories and a 60 second intro to Riot In The Dungeons.

Yngwie Malmsteen and his Rising Force are showing us that although it may be the 80's, you can still have fun with heavy metal and enjoy it 20 years later.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 19 September 2000
This is the most impressive album I have ever herd. Every track is outstanding in its own right. Yngwie Malmsteen has produced some very good matirial, but this is his finest album to date. I am a guitarist and have herd some incredible guitar solos, but nothing compairs to the content of this cd. From the heavy metal of tracks like "Rising Force", "Hold On", and "Deja Vu", to the haunting acoustic chorus of "Dreaming" and "Memories", This album is wall to wall brilliance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 3 January 2007
If you're able to pick your jaw up off the floor after hearing the solo to Hold On, congratulations, but be prepared to do it again and again and again. This really is a marvellous exhibition of rock guitar in the guise of a hair metal band. The songs' quality, inevitably, is affected by the over indulgence of Malmsteen: he completely dominates proceedings and wild, mind-bending, exuberant guitars blast out from all over the place here. It's more satisfying than an instrumental solo album because of the band context, and a couple of the songs did have mainstream hit potential (Hold On and Heaven Tonight), but Malmsteen is too much of a virtuoso to make this a mainstream hair metal album. If you're a big fan of that genre this won't bother you `cause you'll love the guitar work. Malmsteen does not however succeed in making this record a well balanced one.
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VINE VOICEon 25 September 2007
Fantastic songs, great guitar! Yngwie is a bit of a widdler and normally his solos all sound the same but on this album, for some reason, he pulled out all the stops and found MELODIES from somewhere! The songs are excellent, no filler whatsoever and the vocals superb. A once in a lifetime album, he's never come anywhere near repeating this gem.
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on 17 April 2011
Malmsteens best albums are those where the vocalists can hold their own and do what their good at.For such a prodigious talent like malmsteen this album is such a rarity.Only No Parole From RocknRoll rivals this for songwriting and memorable guitar solos.Perhaps Malmsteen needs an ego as big as his to keep him under control(Bonnet and Lynn Turner)This was my favourite album of the late eightees and it still sounds great day.Deja Vu is the best guitar solo ever-who says Malmsteen can't play with feel?

Theres not one duff track here,this guys a genius and the playing on this album is breathtakenly brilliant.
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on 26 January 2011
I love this album, I remember waiting for it's release when it came out on vinyl in 1988, after the excitement produced listening to albums like Marching Out, Alcatrazz and Trilogy expectations were high, upon it's release it did not disappoint at all, still one of my favorite Malmsteen albums of all times, it's a shame he can't produce this kind of excitement with his releases these days.
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on 2 January 2013
Great record, Yngwie is great, Turner's vocals are great, great tracks. Love the 80's.
Top tracks are: 'Faster than the Speed of Light', 'Krakatau', 'Riot in the Dungeons' and 'Rising Force'.
This album should be at any neo-classical and power metal fan, and this is one of his best albums, so if you don't know him you can start with this.
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