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Timeless Brilliance - Way Ahead of It's Time!,
This review is from: Operation: Mindcrime (Audio CD)
I bought this on Vinyl way back when (Ahem!)it was 1st released and recently bought it again on CD. Still brilliant and sounds as good as when I first heard it! So ahead of it's time. Like Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon', Fleetwood Mac's 'Rumours', Metallica's 'Black' and Muse's 'Absolution' - Absolute Classic! Even the lyrics are as relevant today (more apt today probably with corruption and crime in politics, Religion, Sex sells ....) as they were back in '88/89. The band are faultless and Jeff Tate's vocal ranges are alternatingly rocking, melodic and operatic (Like Bruce Dickinson with classical balls!!) according to the emotive direction of the song.
Seen them that same year on tour '88/89? - 1 half Mindcrime, other half their other songs. Wow, It's up there in my top 5 gigs along with AC/DC, Pink Floyd, Metallica and Muse. They're just a great band who deserve to be a whole bigger and mainstream than they are.
If you like great music - buy it. A concept album that you don't want to turn off with each song (rock, melodic, metal, haunting strings in turn) linked to the next in narrative. Even if you don't like rock/metal this should still appeal as just a truly great piece of stand alone music. Oh, almost forgot to add - Jeff Tate: still hot, still rocks!