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Excellent concept-style album, too progressive for some.
on 11 September 2000
Many fans felt disappointed by the change to a slower and more openly progressive style although the heavier rock elements are still present in songs such as 'Disconnected' and the AOR leanings present in songs like 'My Global Mind'. An excellent album of oft-experimental and highly produced songs. From the opening Floyd-like intro to the eastern/Zep influenced 'I Am I' to the lengthy epic title track to the voice+piano version of 'Someone Else' (the full band version originally was on the 'I Am I' single & appears on the 'Greatest Hits' album), the breadth of styles and musically quality is impressive. The only criticisms are perhaps the scheduling of two ballads back to back (even though one of them is the excellent 'Bridge') and the lack of true 'Mindcrime' style rockers. Probably the most palatable of Queensryche's work for prog. rock fans although it probably won't appeal to those who prefer the harder AOR rock style of 'Mindcrime' and 'Empire'.