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Queensrÿche/Geoff Tate’s Operation: Mindcrime: Condition Hüman/The Key

Album Review

Is it okay to like Geoff Tate’s new band and his previous one? We think so.

It wasn’t so long ago that the whole Queensrÿche situation had disintegrated into such an undignified mess that even the band’s most devoted fans must have been subtly searching for an escape route. Pleasingly, both the newly reconfigured ’Rÿche and former frontman – and, lest we forget, chief songwriter – Geoff Tate seem to have pulled themselves together. While there may always be a slight sense that both camps are aiming to claim rights over their alma mater’s creative spirit, the release of these two albums makes it clear that the acrimonious split was both inevitable and, with hindsight, the best way forward for all concerned.

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