“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.
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