Queensryche
Take Cover


2.0
poor

Review

by Sabrutin USER (20 Reviews)
June 5th, 2015 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A few original ideas cannot compensate the hollowness of a cover album that ultimately fails to achieve a real musical or economic result.

Cover albums are undoubtedly a tricky move, especially if released after a streak of generally criticized albums and even more tricky when the water around your moniker, band members and public image is already turbulent. That is the case for Queensr├┐che's tenth studio release, which sees the band offering their take on the sounds that helped to craft their own.

It is sad to observe how Take Cover fails at some of the basic requirements of a cover album. It is a shame that former guitarist Chris DeGarmo is not present, the style of the original guitar couple, DeGarmo and Michael Wilton, would have made for more interesting reinterpretations. Nevertheless that is not what hinders the album. The real let-down is the actual effectiveness of most of the content. While the rocking version of Pink Floyd's "Welcome to the Machine" serves as a promising start, with its emotional instrumentation and catchy, cadenced vocals, that is almost as far as the good ideas go.

Take Cover is in fact filled with unneeded material. Prime examples are the fearfully flat "Almost Cut My Hair", which does in no way justice to the original by CSNY, the plain stupid sounding (considering who is playing) "For the Love of Money" or even "Neon Knights", which does not add anything relevant to the original Black Sabbath classic. Much more interesting are "Innuendo" and "Odissea". The first showcases the band going for a much welcomed progressive structure, while the second is an Italian opera, originally a duet by Carlo Marrale and Salvatore Licitra, sung entirely in its original language. Even though Geoff Tate's shaky italian detracts a lot from his performance, the majestic atmosphere of the original is not completely gone and the track should put a smile on every fan of the band, at least for witnessing Tate actually experimenting with his voice.

Two factors that hinder the overall product are the loud production and Geoff Tate himself. The former is at times inexplicable, take "Heaven on Their Minds" as an example, where a rather strong hook by Tate is buried by the instruments. The latter is arguably the worst aspect of Take Cover. His performance fluctuates a lot. He often sounds artificial, occasionally even off-key, but most of the time simply borderline annoying, and really loud.

Take Cover is ultimately of doubtful use. Its use is not clear even if seen as a 'filler album' aimed to maintain commercial presence, because 2007 also saw the publishing of Mindcrime at the Moore, Extended Versions and Sign of the Times: The Best of Queensr├┐che. A not-so-certain buy for very dedicated fans only, who are likely to find something to complain about.



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Sabrutin
June 5th 2015


2010 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Needed something to distract myself for a bit, decided to fill another hole in the reviews.

ksoflas
June 5th 2015


676 Comments


Floyd cover is the best here. Geoff did great job in this track.
Pos'd.

DrJohn
June 5th 2015


789 Comments


Album sucks

Titan
June 5th 2015


9179 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

album really sucks



sweet review Sabs

Sabrutin
June 6th 2015


2010 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Thanks guys, I must say I have quite a soft spot for Odissea.

manosg
Contributing Reviewer
June 6th 2015


8222 Comments


Haven't checked myself but considering the integrity of people in this thread and the fact that I still haven't listened properly the first two albums, I seriously doubt I'll jam this one.

Sweet review as always, pos.

Digging: Armored Saint - Armored Saint

DrJohn
June 6th 2015


789 Comments


^ U mean The Warning n Rage for Order?

manosg
Contributing Reviewer
June 6th 2015


8222 Comments


Exactly. I've only heard bits and pieces.

DrJohn
June 6th 2015


789 Comments


Go buy vinyl cassette n cd and blast 'em simultaneously to repent! NOW! Especially Rage... : P

Titan
June 6th 2015


9179 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I like The Warning better than Rage

Sabrutin
June 6th 2015


2010 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

The Warning to Promised Land is possibly my favorite streak of studio releases, and I've expressed my adoration towards Rage more than once.

manosg
Contributing Reviewer
June 6th 2015


8222 Comments


"Go buy vinyl cassette n cd and blast 'em simultaneously to repent! NOW! Especially Rage... : P"

hahaha, I will make amends asap!

DrJohn
June 6th 2015


789 Comments


The Warning features Tate at the top of his game, but as a whole (aside from ridiculous wardrobe n hair, that is) Rage for Order is on a different level imho; I might even prefer Rage to Operation...

Sabrutin
June 6th 2015


2010 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

"I might even prefer Rage to Operation..."

I do, join the brigade! :D



As far as highlights go, I also prefer The Warning over Mindcrime. En Force, Deliverance, Take Hold Of The Flame, Before The Storm, Roads To Madness and even Prophecy if we count the reissue are some of my favorite tracks by the band.

DrJohn
June 6th 2015


789 Comments


Hmm... to me it's Rage ~ Mindcrime > Warning ~ Empire.

Sabrutin
June 6th 2015


2010 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

As a whole, I'll go with Rage > Warning ~ Mindcrime > Promised Land > Empire. Even though I gave PL and Empire the same rating I think the former deserves to be deemed superior for its mood and concept-like writing. Meh I should just 4.5 it.

Titan
June 6th 2015


9179 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

opinions indeed.....but there aren't many albums that top Mindcrime in general, nevertheless a Queensryche album....imo of course

Sabrutin
June 6th 2015


2010 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

What a band, I believe the first five full lengths have literally something for anyone in their variety.

Sabrutin
June 9th 2015


2010 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Read again my review and felt that the words led more to a rating of 2. My heart didn't stop me either.



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