Queensryche-Operation Mindcrime 2, 2006
Doing a sequel to one of your most successful albums is a bit of a two edged sword. By doing this you should guarantee higher albums at least initially just based of using the album title. However by using that album title this probably raises the expectations of the fans and the sequel like any sequel will ultimately be compared to the original. Doing a sequel years after the original album has been done before as both King Diamond and Helloween have done it in recent years. Queensryche are a much bigger band though so they are the ones who have received a lot of press over this project. I didn't have high hopes for this one, but my biggest fear was that they would try to force the sound to be reminiscent of the original Mindcrime, but they don't. However the crime they comment on numerous songs is that they try to sound "modern". Perhaps I should say they sound like a bunch of forty somethings trying to sound like what they think is modern. Instead we get a number of annoying songs and a number of boring ones. I think there is an audience out there that would have embraced an album that was similar in style to the first Mindcrime yet those are the same fans who already like the band. I think the band had hopes of bringing in some newer and younger fans as well, but instead I don't think they have pleased much of anybody with this album. The vocals are generally solid and there are some good riffs and some fine moments here and there yet it's not enough to salvage this one. It's overlong and really failed to keep my attention for the whole time. To me the three worst things an album can be is annoying, lame and boring. This album has moments of all three of those. It's not awful, but it's well below average. If you have to have a copy then wait a few months and get it out of the bargain bin because I am sure there will be some copies there.