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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'.
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on 28 December 2015
Coming at a time before Geoff Tate went off the rails, took control, and flew the band's sound into the wall; this was a pretty good record, as is recognised by most of the fans. Notably progressive rock in composition and mould, it twists and turns through atmospheric themes of shadows and light passages, memorable choruses, as well as containing a modest dose of restrained commericial tendancies. Indeed, this CD contains no shortage of interesting collections of quirky nuances and sounds, which allows the full enchancement of detail in these songs to truly stand-out.

Overall, there is alot of memorable songs from this album, and arguably the last of the all-time classics. "Damaged, Bridge, Promised Land" are certainly some of those. The favourite one here is definitely "My Global Mind", and one of my favourites from the entire Queensryche catalogue. As a relatively full-on progressive music fan I appeciate the far-out and unusual ideas that have been pulled together for this collection; although I can see how this could present a few barriers and problems, for the observers who appeciated 'Empire's' theatre and streamlined perspective a little bit more.

This is none the worse for it. While the songs here don't quite gel as well as they did on the previous albums; there does seem to be brief cracks and weaknesses in the songwriting, that did unfortunately become much more severe for the bands remaining albums with Tate. This was ultimately the band's last definitive sterling album until 2013's self-titled release. But all was not lost!; looking back at this album today, it remains an extremely thought provoking concept that challenges the listener more than any other, (to date) Queensryche album.
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on 28 March 2013
Four years after their most commercial album "Empire" came this beautiful multi dimensional coming of age for the popular Seattle rockers. For me it is their creative peak, a nicely structured album that is a listening delight musically and lyrically. The mood is rather dark overall, certainly a contrast to "Empire" and its airplay friendly rock. This is far more serious, mature, intelligent. Some fans objected, but in my opinion it really cemented their reputation as a premier rock act of the 1990s with its greater depth overall. Certainly worth adding to any rock collection, a vastly underrated album that is as fresh today as it was in 1994. From the heavyweight "I Am I" and "Damaged" to the piano only "Someone Else", its a roller coaster ride that no self respecting rock fan can afford to miss.
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on 7 March 2012
I'm not too keen on some of Queensryche's other stuff. Well, not at the moment. However, this one stands out. It's an excellent album! Very proggy, and the vocals are amazing!
A must-buy!
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on 21 January 2013
If you like Queensryche then buy it, great songs as always by this fantastic group. Moody guitars and the inspired arrangements that all their songs have make this a winner. If u liked Operation Mindcrime then you will love this!!
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on 25 December 2012
i was a bit dissapointed with this album i didnt think it was up to usual standard still you cant win them all
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