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Queensrÿche - Empire


01. Best I Can
02. The Thin Line
03. Jet City Woman
04. Della Brown
05. Another Rainy Night (Without You)
06. Empire
07. Resistance
08. Slient Lucidity
09. Hand On Heart
10. One And Only
11. Anybody Listening?
12. Last Time In Paris
13. Scarborough Fair
14. Dirty Lil Secret


Heavy Metal / Progressive

Released By / Year

EMI / 1990

Quick Review

"Is there anybody listening?
Is there anyone that sees what's going on?
Read between the lines,
criticize the words they're selling.
Think for yourself and feel the walls
become sand beneath your feet"

One Word Review: Sovereign

Empire took Queensrÿche further in the commmercial direction, that Operation: Mindcrime had hinted at. It also showed a mature band, handling interesting subjects and this, along with a sound that is both clinical, musically, and warm, vocally, gives the album a very special atmosphere.

The incredible drive and energy of Best I Can opens this classic in a truly inspired way, and right through to the final epic emotional punch delivered by Anybody Listening?, the album showcases one special song after the other.

Empire is one of those albums I know, will never run out of steam, as it feels so complete, so filled with convincing emotions and timeless lyrics, which remain relevant, even close to 30 years after they were written. Empire is an amazing achievement.

If you have somehow missed this gem, do yourself a favor and check it out and discover what serious music can be. There has never been another album quite like this one.

Favorite Songs: Every single one of them in the following order: Hand On Heart, Anybody Listening?, Best I Can, The Thin Line, Della Brown, Empire, Jet City Woman, Silent Lucidity, Another Rainy Night, Resistance, One And Only

Written By Steen
Online: Tuesday, March 19, 2019

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Best I Can

The Thin Line

Jet City Woman

Another Rainy Night (Without You)


Slient Lucidity

Anybody Listening?