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Queensr˙che - Take Cover CD (album) cover




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2.15 | 115 ratings

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2 stars Another trip to tribute album! Having just reviewed Jordan Rudess "The Road Home" and Erik Norlander's "Hommage Symphonique" now it's time to move to another - again? - tribute album by Queensryche. While on previous two albums by Rudess and Norlander I found that they tried to understand all backgrounds and philosophies of the songs being covered, while here with Queensryche it seems like Geoff Tate and friends have tried to impose their "own" music style to the songs being covered regardless the background or philosophies behind the songs being covered. The result is a good album that serves well the fans of Queensryche even without a need to know the original versions. But, I do not think that people who praised the original versions would love to hear this version - especially myself.

Don't get me wrong; I have been familiar with the music of Queensryche and in fact I love some of the albums like "Operation: Mindcrime" or "Warning", and I think this band has developed their own unique style especially with Tate's unique voice and singing style. So, actually I can find myself as a fan (not die hard though) of the band. But, I have to sacrifice my idols of legendary songs in return of new version which has been Queensryched, I have a bit of reluctancy with it. Why? To me Queensrysche has been in its own style and so it has been the case of the bands being tributed like Pink Floyd or Queen or Police or Black Sabbath etc. Forcing its style to the originals seems awkward to me and I find it a bit annoying. Take example of Broadway's "Heaven On Their Minds". The band has tried its best to impose their style into the original version. But, the result is a strange kind of music style that does not sound compelling and .. in fact it's quite boring even from the start.

While on Pink Floyd's "Welcome To The Machine" the band tries to emulate the song in its original version with also additional sax, but again it fails to create an appropriate nuance as the original version has perfectly done it wonderfully. Queen's "Innuendo" is interpreted differently by imposing Tate vocal style, but it fails to deliver good nuance of the song.

So? It depends on where you stand. You might give this as a four star album because it can create Queensryche style from original version of the songs. It also can create an excellent experience because you are a die hard fan of Queensryche. For me, I'd rather give this with two stars, i.e. for collectors of Queensryche music. Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

Gatot | 2/5 |


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