Queensryche Empire
3.9 Ranking: #64 for 1990
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3.0 goodLambda | May 3rd 14

Honestly, what spoils this record for me is Geoff Tate. I've never been one for '80s-esque over-the-top vocal antics, and Empire is chalk full of them. The production further mars the record, with the gated snare and "Silent Lucidity's" overloud vocal sample the biggest offenders. Empire is, due to those factors, a very dated record, and as someone who harbours no nostalgia for the bygone age which it hearkens to it is thus an unsatisfying listen. However, it is not entirely without worth: the title track, "Jet City Woman," and "Della Brown" are all good songs. 3.0

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4.5 superbdannyboy89 | July 2nd 13

Empire is truly "the last of the mohicans". The band would make two quality releases after this, but this is their last essential record. Pitifully, the band's quality would gradually decline after this. It's not their best album, but it sold many copies for a reason: it kicks ass. "Della Brown" is my track pick here, but the album delivers as a whole. It also opens and closes wonderfully.rPersonal Rating: 4.8

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4.0 excellentMaidenUFO | August 21st 12

"Silent lucidity" , "Anybody listening", "Jet city woman" and "Hand on heart" are so great songs...

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4.0 excellentParallels/sonicspeed500/sonic2/wes/leslie/Reverse Perpendicu | September 1st 11

Empire may have as much commercial acclaim as the underground acclaim of Operation: Mindcrime, but the effort is far more cold, calculated, and captivating than it's predecessor. In fact, the entire album is composed of hits, from the gliding Jet City Woman and The Thin Line to the title track and the exotic Della Brown. Then of course there's the massive crossover hit Silent Lucidity, and once you've heard it completely then you're hooked on Queensryche. Just be sure to check off One and Only as one of the band's most underrated songs.

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4.5 superbTheNotrap | July 28th 11

I saw them yesterday on Priest's Epitaph show. Amazing gig. They played Empire and Jet City Woman. The title track is one of their best songs and the all album is really good. Queensryche golden era.

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4.0 excellentDan Phillips | March 10th 11

Another great album from Queensryche. Although it does lean to more mainstream songs and is a big step down from 'Mindcrime', the songs are catchy and engaging enough to save the album.

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4.0 excellentKenneth E. Rathburn | January 1st 10

Compared to its predecessor, Empire is an embarrassing letdown. On its own rights, the album has some long, dull stretches but the stronger tracks and moments are enough to help it stand back up.

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5.0 classicdeflepp0925 | July 17th 06

Commercially successful, and hard fucking rockin', Empire is one of Queensryche's better albums, behind maybe Rage and Mindcrime.

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