Operation Mindcrime [VINYL] Limited Edition
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Of course none of this would work without good songs and there's no problem there, the whole album is brilliant but if i had to pick highlights i'd go with Revolution Calling, Spreading the Disease, The Mission, The Needle Lies, Breaking the Silence and Eyes of a Stranger. The band are all excellent peformers, but special mention has to go to Geoff Tate who, in my humble opinion, is easliy one of metal's best vocalists. The lyrics aswell as telling the story offer an intelligent commentary on American society, the media, religion, corruption and about any dystopian theme you could imagine.
If you enjoy concept albums this is a MUST have, even if you are not a metal fan you may still find you like this album. Its definetly worth a listen!
Nikki is a disillusiuoned street punk drawn into an underground movements that murders religious figures. He falls in love with a nun-whore also embroiled with the movement and is drawn in too far. Yeah, sounds TOO odd? Doesn't once you go into the album.
The main way it works is through the way vocals (Geoff Tate) and lead guitar (Chris DeGarmo) create atmospheric, tense, melancholy and chaotic emotions through their music. They take you through Nikki's contempt for society, love, tension in the terrorist group and his ultimate loss. This is one long journey and they make you take every step with them.
High points include the opening instrumnental 'Anarchy X', 'Suite Sister Mary' with its latin choristers and utter confusion of the characters. Then there's the single 'I don't Believe in Love' and the masterpiece 'Eyes of a Stranger', a non-ballad lament.
There's great music, but the album demands attention, its not just background music. One of those albums that once discovered, it's raved about - and with good reason. Very few albums have the ability to immerse the listener to this degree, and other bands must have listened to this when it came out and wished they'd had the skill, idea, and one of those times where it all went right - and created this masterpiece.
This is easily in my top three albums of all times, and I also think it's one of the top five most complete, absorbing, entertaining and brilliant rock albums ever written. A classic that deserves at least six stars.
After the brief thrill of nostalgia had passed, I found myself listening to the album in its entirety. It was as though I was hearing it for the first time - it's emotionally immediate, has a sincere story, and is laden with astounding moments of musical drama and showmanship. I got lost in it and was exhilarated when it finally ended.
As planned I gave it to my brother. He also laughed. Then two days later he called me saying, "This an amazing record!" We've since rifled through our large collection of old rock LPs from the 80s in the hope that we'd mislaid other classics of that era; that maybe they were all this good and could still deliver the same punch now as they had back when we were just discovering music. But it wasn't to be - Operation:Mindcrime was exceptional then, and it's exceptional now.
The album, which was released in 1988, mixes classic metal influenced by the likes of Iron Maiden and Judas Priest with the scope and scale of Progressive Rock bands like Genesis, Pink Floyd and Rush. The band use the lyrics to create a narrative that runs throughout the album, assisted by additional sound effects and voice overs from actors.
The story tells the tale of a shady figure named Doctor X who exploits drug addicts into committing crimes that further his political agenda so as to get what he wants without implicating himself, and is told from the perspective of one such helpless youth. The lyrics primarily deal with his conflicting emotions and the consequences of his actions in a surprising and interesting way.
Operation: Mindcrime is an example of the rock opera format done right. The story isn't too basic to be uninteresting but nor is it needlessly convoluted, there are non-musical voice overs and sound effects thrown in to drive the story but they do not take over the album or get in the way of the music and most importantly of all it is a good album anyway; there is no filler, everything flows well together and the album doesn't tail off in quality towards the end.Read more ›
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