No. No. NO! This
is not right! I've been
reading reviews of the latest Queensr˙che album with disbelief. The ratings
have been shit, more or less, no matter where I've looked. I couldn't believe
them, not really.
Even if Queensr˙che have followed me as one of my all-time favourite bands since
around 1990 with amazing releases such as 'The Warning', 'Operation: Mindcrime',
'Empire' and 'Promised Land', I have to agree with my fellow reviewers who have
slammed the new album.
I should be happy, I suppose. I like when bands mature. Queensr˙che have
certainly matured. And 'Dedicated to Chaos' is clearly aimed at a mature
audience! With my tender 39 years, I feel this is far too mature for me, even.
The title of the album is a paradox. Where's the friggin' chaos?! There's no
punch, no power, just niceties. There is only a shadow left of the band that gave us those
monoliths of marvellous, angry progressive rock music.
Dear Queensr˙che, please come back to us sometime soon - you can do so much
better than this.