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3.97 | 381 ratings

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4 stars If I could go back in time, to just after this album was released, and say something to the band, it would be this: STOP!

Stop making albums! If they had stopped after this one, Queensryche would have had a solid career. I must admit, I did buy "Hear in the Now Frontier" the day it came out, as did a friend of mine, and we would each listen to it several times a day and ask each other whenever we spoke: "Do you like it yet?" Eventually, we realized that we weren't going to be able to force it on ourselves.

But back to "Promised Land." Unlike most of the reviewers on this site, my favorite song is actually the title track. I don't find it boring at all... I appreciate a band's ability to use the space between the notes. The percussion in this song should appeal to anyone who ever saw Rush in concert just to get a glimpse of Peart's drum kit. It's unique and innovative. And also strangely haunting... this song is about atmosphere, in the same way the Resident's album "Eskimo" is about atmosphere. Mood. Subtle textures.

As for the rest of the songs, how can I put this... most of them ROCK! "My Global Mind" is kind of weak, "Disconnected" isn't perfect, but one has to admit that the album has a solid start. I remember the video for "Bridge" as being the hands-down best thing on MTV at the time... which may not be saying much, but my point is, compared to mainstream music this is very, very good. Compared to "Operation:Mindcrime" it's a little lacking, but what wouldn't be?

chorvath | 4/5 |


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