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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Album Spotlight: Soundgarden-Superunknown

Super For my introductory review I’m shining a spotlight on one of the most eminent, endlessly-playable, and complex albums of our time; Soundgarden’s Superunknown. When this album was released it forever altered the musical landscape with its metallic guitar riffs, devastating percussion, and vocals that were from another freaking planet.  I’ve never done a written review for an album, so please bear with your gurl. Madman Reads & Rocks is a YouTuber(also a blogger, musician, author) who puts together the dopest album reviews. You can check out his channel here. His reviews have definitely had a positive influence on what I’m trying to do.

For my review I will talk a bit about the album, rank my top five songs, and give a star rating with 5 being the highest, and 1 being the lowest.

Superunknown was released March 8, 1994, and was Soundgarden’s fourth album. Although, it was released over twenty years ago, the music still sounds modern and vibrant. The songs are just as impactful today as they were in 94, and that’s one hell of an accomplishment. There are fifteen tracks and they all kick ass! When I first purchased the album, no song was skipped during my initial listening party. I allowed each so to play in its entirety. Superunknown brought me to my knees; it was so hard hitting, and relentless. I knew after the first listen that the album was way beyond special

5. Let Me Drown- A brutal opener that sets the tone of the album.

4. Limo Wreck- Piercing. Primal. Perfection.

3. Black Hole Sun- Hard rock meets psychedelic sounds. Musically arresting. Unforgettable.

2. Fell On Black Days- Haunting. Slow tempo, but heavy.

1. Mailman- Dark, yet sublime.

I give this album 5 stars! I still listen to Superunknown faithfully.

Cheers, homies!

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