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4 stars Another masterpiece by Queensryche, possibly their last great album.

First of all, Queensryche shows their understanding of space on this album. There is very little clutter; the band picks their notes very carefully, using the quality over quantity theory. Drums are top notch the whole way through the album in a somewhat simplistic but very fitting manner.

One other last note on the album; the sonic quality on this album is top notch, it sounds fantastic beginning to end. Personally, I appreciate the album 'messing with the listener' at times. Specifically, I was rather dismayed the first time I listened to it, there was a CD skip at the end of "I am I".turns out that Queensryche was messin' with me. I also spent a moment checking my rearview mirror at the beginning of 'Disconnected' in an effort to find the police car. Furthermore the sound effect story of 9:28 AM sets the theme of reincarnation off beautifully and the end of 'Promised Land' just plain sounds fantastic.

Now, on to the music:

'I am I' absolutely rocks and is just 'off' enough for a progger to love. 4.5 Stars 'Damaged' is a good rock song, somewhat non-descript. 3 Stars 'Out of Mind' doesn't upset me. 2.5 Stars 'Bridge' is a nice piece featuring the acoustic / electric guitar sound very nicely. 3 Stars

'Promised Land' is my favorite Queensryche song to date, the passion and emotion raw and commanding, the visuals on the 'Promised Land' tour added to the feel. They moved the entire stage around such that it resembled a bar with the band playing in a corner. Tate flopped through the bar grinding out the emotional piece crying the last bit out from his knees. 5 Stars, easily.

'Disconnected' is a heavy catchy piece. 4 Stars 'Lady Jane' is a bit too poppy for my tastes. 2 Stars 'My Global Mind' again shows the value of space, the verses are co clean, you can hear every note by every instrument. 4 Stars 'One More Time' is another great song; the build up of the verses creates a delicious tension. 4 Stars 'Someone Else?' Is again, a beautifully emotional piece, almost as haunting as 'Promised Land'; a beautiful ballad and an amazing end to a powerful album. 5 Stars

To sum, this album is worth the purchase for the title track and Someone Else alone. It sounds great. 'Lady Jane' and 'Out of Mind' do detract from the album and drop it from a perfect 5 stars down to 4.

Roland113 | 4/5 |


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