Queensr che - Tribe
Queensr che have created a quite interesting album with Tribe. It is not a return to their earlier sound, I would rather say it's an evolution of the sound of their last two albums, but with a good amount of that distinct atmosphere that pervaded Promised land. The music in many of the songs is quite laid back, underlining the atmosphere. This is definitely a little step back in the right direction, but by no means comparable to any of the releases prior to Hear in the now frontier.

Some of my complaints are that many songs feel a little too simple and the production is very raw and muddy. Yet the album has a feel that draws me to it and makes me want to hear it again and again. Of course Geoff Tate's voice is a big part of that, but the album also has this kind of dreamy atmosphere to it that appeals to me. When I look at this album on its own and don't compare it to past releases, I find that it can indeed stand on its own and overall this is a good release that still grows after many listens.

The best thing about Tribe is the lyrics. They are very poetic, true and inspiring (Rythm of hope and The art of life come to mind). While reading them I felt a strong connection and recognised many of the things that Geoff Tate is saying. A red line runs through the lyrics from start to end and I found the very personal concept of the album working well. I can only wonder why the lyrics weren't included in the booklet, but visit the official website to find them. It's worth it. The lyrics of the closing song Doin' fine are bound to get you in a good mood.

Based on the lyrics alone this one would get a very high grade, but unfortunately the music drags the album down.

Especially Desert Dance and the title track are not among my favourites. While Blood has nice little guitar melody backing Tate's voice and the powerful war related lyrics, this song has a tendency to run in circles and never really gets off the ground.

My favourites include the soft Rythm of hope, which has a beautiful melody and a strong message. Losing myself has a great vibe and while listening to it, I can imagine myself on a bike, riding through the dusty roads of some desert. Falling behind has a strong chorus and The great divide shows another great vocal performance by Geoff Tate. The dreamy atmosphere of The art of life is really captivating too. Album opener Open and closer Doin' fine work well with the concept and both are good songs.

You may think that you're going to fall asleep the first few times you hear Tribe, but give it time and the album may grow on you. It is still growing on me... (The album, that is)

Written by Steen
Friday, August 8, 2003
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Comment by Cork (Anonymous) - Wednesday, August 13, 2003
Simply put, this is by far the best Queensryche since Empire. Enough of a return to that sound, but still sounds like they are trying something a little different. Nothing worse than a band that can't even try to be a little different.


Comment by Law (Anonymous) - Friday, August 29, 2003
It's just not really Queensryche anymore. Tribe is better than the last 2 releases (and the Geoff Tate solo album), but still leave you yearning for the earlier days of the 'Ryche, and that's always going to be a hard act to follow... hell I even loved Promised Land in the Floydian way they were progressing at the time, before the wussyness took over. Not saying the albums really bad, but it seems just going through the motions again.
5/10



Comment by miguel (Anonymous) - Tuesday, December 2, 2003
sorry, but a band cannot be acused of playing their own music.
if they played the same old stuff they┤l be acused...if they inovate to much, they┤l be acused...how can they please everyone?
the album is great as it is...simple,yes, but great.
don┤t like the title song? now that┤s an original way to make a song, don┤t you think?



Comment by E. G. (Anonymous) - Tuesday, January 20, 2004
Yes, it wasn't the album I was waiting for. I don't want anymore an album like their first ones, as I don't want the same for the other favorite groups of mine (Fates Warning, Dream Theater etc.). Neither Promised Land was in the same vein as Operation, but it was great. Unfortunately, the new album is weak for such a big band, although it has some really good tracks. I think that your rating is fair.


Comment by Storm Hammer (Anonymous) - Wednesday, May 19, 2004
Queensryche has always been evolving.. thats what makes Queensryche special. Tate is an artist, I'd even go as far as saying that Hear in the now frontier wasn't exactly a sell-out album though i was disappointed in the direction they were taking. This album is another step in their evolution and it is a work of art. 'nuff said


Comment by Storm Hammer (Anonymous) - Wednesday, May 19, 2004
Queensryche has always been evolving.. thats what makes Queensryche special. Tate is an artist, I'd even go as far as saying that Hear in the now frontier wasn't exactly a sell-out album though i was disappointed in the direction they were taking. This album is another step in their evolution and it is a work of art. 'nuff said











Review by Steen
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Released by
Sanctuary Records - 2003

Tracklisting
1- Open
2- Losing Myself
3- Desert Dance
4- Falling Behind
5- The Great Divide
6- Rhythm of Hope
7- Tribe
8- Blood
9- The Art of Life
10- Doin' Fine


Style
Progressive Rock/Metal

Related links
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Queensr che - Official Website

Other articles
Operation: Mindcrime - Remastered and Expanded - (Hashman)

Rage for order - (Steen)

Tribe - (Hashman)

Empire - (Hashman)

The Art of Live - (Hashman)

The Warning - (Steen)

American Soldier - (Brian)



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