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Album Review

Queensrÿche scored their breakthrough success with the ambitious concept album Operation: Mindcrime, which tells the story of a fortune hunter whose disillusionment with Reagan-era American society leads him to join a shadowy plot to assassinate corrupt leaders. For such a detailed story line (there is also a tragic romance thrown in), the band keeps its focus remarkably well, and the music is just as ambitious, featuring a ten-minute track with orchestrations by Michael Kamen. Those experiments don't tend to work as well as the tighter, more melodic prog metal songs, which are frequently gems, especially the singles "Eyes of a Stranger" and "I Don't Believe in Love." Granted, the lyrics and political observations can sometimes be too serious and intellectual for their own good (few bands, metal or otherwise, can make lines like "There's no raison d'être" work). But despite the occasional flaws, it's surprising how well Operation: Mindcrime does work, and it's a testament to Queensrÿche's creativity and talent that they can pull off a project of this magnitude. [Capitol's 2003 reissue includes 24-bit remastering (which makes this record sound even bigger) and two live bonus tracks (from 1990 and 1994, respectively) of two of the songs from Mindcrime.]

Customer Reviews


Well, its really one of those albums that is quite literally impossible to duplicate. That each and every song is pretty much a contiguous masterpiece is proof enough that at some point the Devil went down to Georgia and souls were sold. The Devil handed over the score and Mindcrime is it. One of three albums over my 50 years that I will crank from start to finish, relishing the story that unfolds with every wail and riff. I will play this album on long road trips, smiling as I reach for the play button, as if I am beginning a re-read of The Lord of The Rings Trilogy. Enough said.


Listen to this album, then remember it was made in 1988. It sounds like it could have been made yesterday, and the lyrics and story are even more accurate now then they were 27 years ago. If you enjoy the hard rock/metal genre, this is a must have.


Saw them open up for Metallica in '88. Blown away! Solid band. Mind Crime IS a recording that 1 or 2 artists in the metal/rock world have come close to. MUST HAVE for Everybody who loves technical guitar and vocals and story telling inter connected Top to Bottom!


Formed: 1981 in Bellevue, WA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Although they were initially grouped with the legions of pop-metal bands that dominated the American heavy metal scene of the '80s, Queensrÿche were one of the most distinctive bands of the era. Where their contemporaries built on the legacy of Van Halen, Aerosmith, and Kiss, Queensrÿche constructed a progressive form of heavy metal that drew equally from the guitar pyrotechnics of post-Van Halen metal and '70s art rock, most notably Pink Floyd and Queen. After releasing a handful of ignored albums,...
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Operation: Mindcrime (Deluxe Edition), Queensrÿche
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  • $13.99
  • Genres: Arena Rock, Music, Rock, Metal, Pop, Hard Rock
  • Released: Apr 27, 1988

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