Exploring the uncharted territory between heavy metal and progressive rock, Queensryche has always been difficult to categorize. While Operation: Mindcrime is their most highly-praised album, Empire remains their most accessible, with a somewhat more commercial approach that has no negative impact on the quality of the material. Empire produced a string of hit singles, including "Best I Can," the title track, "Jet City Woman," and "Silent Lucidity" (probably their best-known song, and ironically unlike most of their other work). At times sounding a great deal like Pink Floyd, Empire is an impressive collection that is all substance, no filler. "Anybody Listening?", which closes the album, is probably the best perspective on a life lived on stage since Rush's "Limelight". Highly recommended. --Genevieve Williams
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(Cavemanmusic) from NORTHAMPTON, MA
Reviewed on 8/28/2020...
A valiant and solid pop metal release however significantly decreased in quality from previous effort, specifically “Operation Mindcrime” which is easily one of the best albums of the 80s. The big single is a Floyd plunder while many of the songs on “side 2” are filler and unmemorable ( I don’t have the disc in front of me and can only recall Anybody Listening as an example). Like many of their time, seduced by the prospect of commercial success which then measured up to mostly boring and mediocre results. Now they’re another sad example of has been bands splitting into 2 much lesser versions of what they once were. Bring back Chis and quit the petty legal squabbling and let’s rock The Ryche one more time fellas!
Reviewed on 8/23/2020...
This isn't their best work. 1 star.
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(scottb211) from GAYLORD, MI
Reviewed on 12/10/2009...
I love this cd, I'd forgotten about it until I heard "Another Rainy Night" on Pandora. Classic early-90's rock.
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They should have stopped with Mindcrime
Flash user | USA | 06/28/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I first encountered these guys in high school with Operation:Mindcrime and immediately picked up their previous releases. Empire is an attempt to create a successful record that sounds like the popular (and worst song of the Mindcrime album) "I Don't Believe in Love." While they succeeded in scoring a big hit with the Empire album, they also lost what made them distinctive during their rise in the 80s. Too bad."
Sebastien Charbonneau | québec | 08/01/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Empire was probably re mixed by the musicians with ther damaged earing, so the midband and hi frequency are on the brighter side of reality and became verry agressive at high volume. Silent lucidity is a good example with is harsh trebble.
The cd format sound much more analog than the 24/96 dvd audio but the midband frequency is more darker (and much more listenable).
The old cd format is more pleasing to lisen to and much well recorded than the new dvd audio mix.
The problem was (i think) the re-egalisation of all the songs, not the dvd audio format.