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Genres: Pop, Rock
It's often the case that when a frontman records a solo album, it sounds so close to their regular gig that you wonder why he cared to bother. And with Queensryche's Geoff Tate, whose voice is as distinctive as a fingerpri... more »
It's often the case that when a frontman records a solo album, it sounds so close to their regular gig that you wonder why he cared to bother. And with Queensryche's Geoff Tate, whose voice is as distinctive as a fingerprint, it presents an even bigger challenge. Yet on his solo debut he manages the task flawlessly. The overall style is dramatic yet mellow, with hypnotic midtempo melodies and layers of lavish harmonies. "Helpless" incorporates Euro-dance rhythms and Spanish guitars, "The Passenger" is jazzy, and the pretty piano ballad "In Other Words" builds with a lovely string section. "Off the TV" and "Flood" rock a bit heavier, featuring Queensryche-like crashing guitars and Tate's trademark high notes. If you're looking for Operation: Mindcrime or Empire revisited, you won't find it here. But if Geoff Tate's voice sends shivers up your spine, this may be a contender when you list your favorite albums of 2002. --Gail Flug
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Craig P. from CADILLAC, MI
Reviewed on 9/18/2010...
While this doesn't sound much like Queensryche other than Tate's voice, it is very good. The production is amazing, and it sounds fantastic in headphones. It is a modern rock album, with excellent melodies and vocals, as you would expect. Recommended.
Ryan R. from CHANDLER, AZ
Reviewed on 6/3/2007...
Geoff Tate is the lead singer for Queensryche.
0 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Bold but not particularly good record.
Michael Stack | North Chelmsford, MA USA | 06/20/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Queensryche vocalist Geoff Tate's first solo effort is a mixed bag. On the one hand, Tate is brave enuogh to step far from the shadow of Queensryche and find his own sound. On the other hand, it suffers from weak songwriting, similar to the problems that have plagued Queensryche since the departure of Chris DeGarmo.
This in a way is probably a bigger shadow for Tate to try and crawl out from under, DeGarmo as a compositional voice was so powerful and his ability to express in any number of forms is clearly something the band and their vocalist struggle without. Some of the better ideas on this record suffer from poor songwriting ("Touch", "Off the TV") and occasionally poor execution ("A Passenger"). Mind you, there are a couple standouts (opener "Flood" is a nice slice of synth pop and "This Moment" is brilliant-- sounds like a reinvention of '50s pop music), but its overall a mixed effort.
Oh a final note for those who wanted a Geoff Tate record to be the same brand of metal they were used to with old Queensryche-- this is as far from that as possible. Its mostly pop music.
An interesting effort, but not one I suspect you'll find yourself turning back to."
Pleasing and soothing
Dimitrios Staikos | Athens, Greece | 07/11/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This work is much different from QR stuff, softer and more melodic. It's well thought out and well executed. Quality work, just as you would expect from one of the greatest progressive singers of the last 20 years.
If you are a QR fan and enjoy quality music, even at softer levels, then this CD is worth your bucks."