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Queensryche - Take Cover (CD)

Take Cover
by Dimitris Kontogeorgakos at 10 December 2007, 2:09 PM

After the release of the excellent live-recorded Mindcrime At The Moore DVD, QUEENSRYCHE decided to produce an album full of cover songs to honor their artistic influences. So far so good, you might be thinking, but please hold your horses until you have read the following lines to see why this album did not meet my expectations.
First of all if you look up to the tracklist then you'll realize that the band from Seattle chose songs that were originally released by some non-metal bands like Peter Gabriel or THE O'JAYS. On the other hand, one may think that this looks like the perfect chance to Metal-ize this songs by bringing them closer the sound of QUEENSRYCHE. Let me comment the tracks one by one and see what happens.
The album opens with the cover on PINK FLOYD's Welcome To The Machine; here the American band creates an excellent atmosphere that is close to the original version. The addition of saxophone really spice things up and raise the listener's expectations for what's next. Unfortunately, Heaven On Their Minds is next that originally belongs to the Broadway musical Jesus Christ Superstar. Even though I haven't heard the original version, I found it rather boring with an annoyingly 'happy' atmosphere all over. The only 'plus' thing I could find here was the excellent guitar solo near the end of the song.
Almost Cut My Hair is a slow-tempo (almost) Blues track where Tate reveals his well known vocal potentials; apart from that, the track leaves absolutely nothing to remember of. The same goes for the 'cheesy' (almost Rock-oriented) For What It's Worth and For The Love Of Money that feature something from the Hear In The Now Frontier atmosphere. I was really excited to listen to Innuendo since it was performed by one of the best voices in the Rock scene that belonged to the especial persona of Freddie Mercury. Unfortunately, Tate's vocals are really inappropriate for this epic track, especially during the burst of the classic guitar with the flamenco arpeggios. I dare to say that this was a disappointment for me…
The next cover is actually the only genuine Metal song of the album and that is Neon Knights from the well-known band from Birmingham. Here QUEENSRYCHE performs the song without any surprises; Tate fails completely to capture Dio's feeling to the degree that he sounds almost out of tune. After the last two tracks I had completely lost my appetite for the rest of the album; POLICE's Synchronicity II or Peter Gambriel's melodic Red Rain did nothing to take away the bitter taste from my mouth. On the contrary, things became even darker with Odissea where Tate sings in Italian and does an awful job! The last cover is on U2's Bullet The Blue Sky that was recorded live and can be characterized as a good one compared to the previous work.
Hell, I think it would be best if I hadn't been assigned with this review, because my rating on this does not fit the QUEENSRYCHE moniker on top!

1 Star Rating

Welcome To The Machine
Heaven On Their Minds
Almost cut My Hair
For What's Worth
For The Love Of Money
Neon Knights
Synchronicity II
Red Rain
Bullet The Blue Sky
Geoff Tate - Vocals
Michael Wilton - Guitar
Mike Stone - Guitar
Eddie Jackson - Bass
Scott Rockenfield - Drums
Record Label: Rhino


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