Album Spotlight: Queensryche Operation:Mindcrime

Mindcrime  “Who do you trust when everyone’s a crook?”

A question first asked back in 1988… one that we’re still pondering thirty years later.

On May 3, 1988, Queensryche released a compelling, ambitious, and emotionally charged concept album that changed the damn game, Operation: Mindcrime. Over the last three decades this album has been celebrated and praised for its excellence, and complexity. I wanted to shine a light on this fascinating work of art. They don’t make albums like this anymore, homies. Operation: Mindcrime tells the story of a man- frustrated with the current state of the world, who joins an underground organization, and eventually is turned into an assassin.

The storyline is thought-provoking, and multilayered, and so is the music.

Here are my top 5 songs. Afterwards, I’ll give a rating of this album.

5. Revolution Calling- An explosive jam where the protagonist- Nikki, airs out his frustrations, and is seduced into joining the cause. So much truth is dropped in this song.

4. Operation: Mindcrime- A thunderous track with a riff that’s nasty as fuck!

3. I Don’t Believe In Love- Rhythmic. Operatic. Raw.

2. The Mission- The vocals kick so much ass on this track! And the music is dark and unapologetic.

1. Eyes Of A Stranger- This is a song that grabs you and refuses to let go. It’s a heartbreaking masterpiece.

Operation: Mindcrime– one of the most epic albums of all time, gets 5 (out of 5) stars. It’s timeless.

Cheers, homies!

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Current Reads #25

Hey, homies! I hope that 2018 is treating you well. I’m hardcore excited to share the books that I started this week. Both books are by authors who are pretty new to me. I have a feeling that these will be some dope ass reads. 🙂

whisky A Love Letter to Whisky by Kandi Steiner- I was told that I should go in blind with this one. I’ve avoided all posts related to it, but trust me it has been difficult. So, I guess I’ll just say that this is a Contemporary/New Adult romance, and a lot of readers are digging this. Lol. I’ll give more info during my first Finished Reads (wrap-up) post of the year.

FurFuriously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson- Reading more nonfiction is one of my main 2018 reading goals. I wanted to start with something that revolved around mental illness. As someone who lives with depression and anxiety, I like learning how others deal with the drama in their heads. I stumbled upon this book during a late night search. Furiously Happy is the story of one woman’s lifelong battle with mental illness, but it’s supposed to be a tale filled with humor. Okay! I’m totally down!

Well, that’s it for this edition of Current Reads. Thanks for checking out the post! Let me know what books currently have your attention.

Cheers, homies!

 

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Writing Playlist #18

sade I came up with this playlist a few weeks back. I was just trying to come up with something dope. Sade and Depeche Mode go so well together!

1. No Ordinary Love- Sade

2. Stripped- Depeche Mode

3. Your Love Is King- Sade

4. I Am You- Depeche Mode

5. Smooth Operator- Sade

6. I Want It All- Depeche Mode

7. The Sweetest Taboo- Sade

8. Dream On- Depeche Mode

9. Cherish The Day- Sade

10. Rush- Depeche Mode

11. Like A Tattoo- Sade

12. Cover Me- Depeche Mode

13. Kiss Of Life- Sade

14. Home- Depeche Mode

15. Babyfather- Sade

16. In Your Room- Depeche Mode

17. Hang On To Your Love- Sade

18. Sweetest Perfection- Depeche Mode

19. Is It A Crime- Sade

20. To Have And To Hold- Depeche Mode

21. Never As Good As The First Time- Sade

22. Sister Of Night- Depeche Mode 

modeCheers, homies!

 

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Listening Party: The Doors

doorsThe Doors was one of the first classic rock bands that I was turned on to. I remember being a teen in the nineties rocking out in my room to their hypnotic grooves. I had my lava lamp going, and ooh I was seriously jammin’ back in the day. Here’s my Listening Party for this legendary, iconic, and hugely influential band.

1. Strange Days

2. Five To One

3. Waiting For The Sun

4. Love Her Madly

5. Love Me Two Times

6. People Are Strange

7. When The Music’s Over

8. L.A. Woman

9. Not To Touch The Earth

10. The Spy

11. Light My Fire

12. Hello, I Love You

13. Riders On The Storm

14. Back Door Man

15. Love Street

16. Break On Through (To The Other Side)

17. The Unknown Soldier

18. We Could Be So Good Together

19. Moonlight Drive

20. The End

21. Touch Me

22. Been Down So Long

23. You Make Me Real

24. The Soft Parade

25. You’re Lost Little Girl

26. Soul Kitchen

27. My Wild Love

28. Roadhouse Blues

29. End Of The Night

30. Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)

Cheers, homies!

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Current Reads #24

Happy New Year! It is my hope that 2018 is a bossome year for the followers- aka “homies” of my blog. I’m totally ready for what will be an amazing year. I’m claiming that shit right now! 🙂 Anyhoo, I’m also predicting that 2018 will be an incredible reading year. I’m thrilled beyond fucking reason for all the books that will rock my world in 2018. Reading is my escapism and I tend to overdose on it.

I will be giving mini reviews of my Current Reads in my Finished Reads posts, which will be shared at the end of every month. Basically, those are my book wrap-up posts.

Enough of me running my mouth. Let’s get into these Current Reads!

Saga Saga: Vol 1 by Brian K. Vaughn- Goodreads synopsis: “Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the world. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this sexy, subversive drama for adults.”

I’ve been wanting to get into graphic novels, and apparently this is the best place to start.

SleepingSleeping With Strangers by Eric Jerome Dickey- This New York Times Bestseller is about a hitman, named Gideon who is on his way to London for a job. I’m a huge fan of EJD’s work, and one of my reading goals is to read the Gideon Series, finally.

IntensityIntensity by Dean Koontz- I’ve been told that this is one of the best suspenseful novels that I’ll ever read. We shall see! A woman visiting the home of her best friend’s family, is introduced to evil personified. So far Intensity is definitely giving me everything I need in a novel.

Thanks for checking out my post! Please share in the comments what you’re reading.

Cheers, homies!

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New Posts In 2018

2018 Hi, homies! I just wanted to let everyone know that I’m on a small break from blogging. However, starting in the new year I’ll be bringing more bossome content to you. Of course there’s going to be book and music themed posts as usual. I also plan to do more posts about mental health, self-care, films, TV shows, and all kinds of other ish. 😀 Thanks so much for loving and supporting Divinely Bossome! Wishing my homies a bossome holiday season!

Peace and love,

Se’Quasha

 

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Finished Reads #6

finishedFinished Reads time! In these posts I do mini reviews of the last few books I’ve read. In this edition I’m reviewing the last five read books. Each book receives a star rating from 1 to 5 stars. 5 being the best- a fucking masterpiece! Let’s get started.

The Last Mission by Z. Lundy- A contract killer falls for her target. This plot was anything but simple, trust me. I would put The Last Mission under the “dark” reads category because this wasn’t your typical romance. Everything leading up to the final two chapters was intriguing, but the ending wasn’t my cup of tea. I am interested enough to find out what happens next. 3.5 Stars

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven- This was a YA Contemporary novel that focused on mental illness, grief, and falling in love. I was devastated by the ending… even though I knew it was coming, it still hurt. 3.5 Stars

Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino- This novel rocked my fucking world! it was everything a great love story should be; passionate, intense, and unforgettable. I was completely immersed in this “lost connection” romance. I finished this book in a day. 5 Stars

Lucian Divine by Renee Carlino- My name is Se’Quasha and I love Renee Carlino’s novels. Hashtag Straight Addict Status! Lucian Divine was essentially about a woman falling in love with her guardian angel. Before you roll your eyes, just read the damn book because it’s amazing! I wasn’t really digging the ending, but the story was still hella close to being perfect. 4.5 Stars

Swear On This Life by Renee Carlino- Wasn’t able to add this to my Current Reads post because I finished it. Lol. Hashtag Blogger Problems. This novel was about a woman who discovers that her first love wrote a book… about their history. I really dug it. 4 Stars

Cheers, homies!

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Current Reads #23

I’m doing a little dance because it’s Current Reads time! Let’s do this! I swear I love getting excited about the little things.

takingThe Taking by Dean Koontz- I’ve never read anything by Mr. Koontz, but I know I’m in for a thrilling introduction to his work. Simply put The Taking is about chaos, disorder, and the end of all things… courtesy of who knows what.

brightBright Side by Kim Holden- I’ve heard a few BookTube peeps mention this novel. I thought I would take a chance and check it out. A young woman finds love in a new town, but has a closet filled with skeletons; my remix of the synopsis.

So what are you peeps currently reading? Let me know!

Cheers, homies!

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Current Reads #22

Hi ya, homies! Lately I’ve been a bit disappointed with the last few books I’ve read. I’ll discuss my annoyance in the next edition of Finished Reads. But let’s get into what I’m currently reading. On a side note one of these books I started, then finished within a twenty -four hour period… it was that damn good! I decided to include it in this post anyway.

Lu Lucian Divine by Renee Carlino- I love a good guardian angel story; as long as it’s not corny, or full of clichés. Here’s a sample of the Goodreads synopsis. “Evelyn Casey’s life is at a standstill. She’s in her mid-twenties, struggling with the dating scene in San Francisco. Nothing seems to be working out, and she’s starting to think that she’ll live out her days in her crummy apartment with her overbearing roommate, Brooklyn. It’s absurd, but sometimes Evey longs for a guardian angel to show up and save the day.” This makes my soul cry out yessssssss! I’m hoping that this book blows me away.

before Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino- This is a second chance romance which I totally love. I started this book late Tuesday night, and by Wednesday morning I was done. I’ll share more of my thoughts on this novel soon.

Homies, what are you reading? Let me know down in the comments!

Cheers!

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Writing Playlist #17

Fiona I haven’t put together a writing playlist in quite some time, but trust, a sista has been getting her writing on. I’ve been keeping myself busy with writing. If only my social life was just as exciting. Oh well. Anyhoo, this playlist revolves around the hella talented, Ms. Fiona Apple.

1. Jonathan

2. Sleep To Dream

3. On The Bound

4. Slow Like Honey

5. Get Gone

6. Pale September

7. A Mistake

8. Werewolf

9. The First Taste

10. To Your Love

11. The Child Is Gone

12. Criminal

13. The Way Things Are

14. Fast As You Can

15. Paper Bag

16. Carrion

17. Shadowboxer

18. Limp

19. Never Is A Promise

20. Love Ridden

21. Better Version Of Me

22. Sullen Girl

Cheers, homies!

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