Queensrÿche [2013]

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7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
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  1. Aug 22, 2013
    10
    Easily the best 'Ryche album since Empire. Longtime fans of the band will instantly recognize the sound and feel of the group from their vintage days, while newer listeners will enjoy a modern twist.
  2. Aug 2, 2013
    6
    So... what to say about this album... No really, what is there to even talk about? It's not as if the music is messy, or bad, or anything truly awful by any stretch of the imagination. It's just not unique. But the most baffling thing is that this album is being hailed as a "triumphant return" for Queensryche. The lyrics lie somewhere between progressive and nonsensical, the solos don'tSo... what to say about this album... No really, what is there to even talk about? It's not as if the music is messy, or bad, or anything truly awful by any stretch of the imagination. It's just not unique. But the most baffling thing is that this album is being hailed as a "triumphant return" for Queensryche. The lyrics lie somewhere between progressive and nonsensical, the solos don't really offer that much, and the rhythm guitarist is the same as with most bands; utterly useless. While the drumming isn't exactly complex, it does it's job, and Todd La Torre can be impressive on vocals as long as you take out the track "Redemption" where he's autotuned to death. I really don't understand the praise this album has been getting. It's possible that it just need to take a little more time to grow on me, but this album truly feels like it's lacking something really special. This eponymous album can unfortunately go in the pile of American metal albums that have tread this same, cheesy ground hundreds of times before. Expand
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75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Classic Rock Magazine
    Jul 23, 2013
    70
    It's not quite up there with Majestic hey-day offerings, but there's loads to reinvigorate the enthusiasm if fans disenchanted by recent ill feelings. [Summer 2013, p.93]
  2. Kerrang!
    Jul 15, 2013
    60
    This feels more like a collection of songs than a coherent album. That said, it's still the best album to bear the Queensryche name in years. [29 Jun 2013, p.55]
  3. Jun 28, 2013
    80
    The journey of its latest change has been bumpy, but by blending its storied past with the musical present, Queensrÿche's members prove the band as a whole is indeed greater than any one person.