"KINGS AND THIEVES"
Geoff Tate, the former voice of Queensrÿche, waspunted from his band in a coup last year after years of tension within the band ranks.
This solo album was a bit of a surprise, far better than Tate's first self-titled solo release from a decade ago, and his songwriting doesn't seem to have suffered much from all of the drama during the band breakup.
Is it classic Queensryche?
No, but it's really not intended to be either. There is a lot of exploration on this album, but that works here, as Tate has crafted a collection of interesting and surprisingly focused songs that don't stretch out too far but still explore new boundaries of his musical spectrum. There are songs with deep grooves and others with an almost bluesy funky sound.
Kings and Thieves is actually a decent album that equals some of Queensrÿche's post-Empire output.
There are missteps- Tate tries to rap on one songs which makes for some painful minutes, and the lyrics are sophomoric at times, but the album rewards repeated listens due to its certain quality of songwriting and musicianship.