|Review: Queensrÿche - Greatest Hits|
Year released: 2000
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: October 12, 2000
Reviewed by: Pierre Bégin
Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (10 Votes)
Here's a retrospective that comes just in time in Queensrÿche's career. 17 songs, 77 minutes of remastered music from all their albums except the last one - it's probably on another label - and this is just fine by me. :)
The album starts in full force with their classic Queen Of The Reich, followed by many excellent songs such as The Lady Wore Black and especially Take Hold Of The Flame.
There's about 2 songs from each album, which is not fair to their best album ever, Operation: Mindcrime which is only represented here by I Don't Believe In Love and Eyes Of A Stranger. Where is the incredible Suite Sister Mary? That album should have had at least 4 songs on this compilation due to its excellence and its importance in their career, and I am sure that Queensrÿche fans will agree with me on this.
The album continues with 3 good songs from Empire: Jet City Woman, Empire and their commercial success Silent Lucidity that allowed the band to play at the Grammy awards with a symphonic orchestra.
2 songs from the "so-so" Promised Land are on the CD, I Am I and the excellent Bridge. The album ends on a discordant note with Sign Of The Times and Chasing Blue Sky, a bonus song on the Japanese version of the horrible album Hear in the Now Frontier, followed by Someone Else?, a remake of Promised Land.
Overall, a very good album which pretty well represent the band's progression which started with very heavy songs, then polished its art to the extreme with Operation: Mindcrime, then finally tried to follow the grunge trend with more-than-ordinary songs.
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