Queensryche’s latest album, American Soldier, is destined to be (yet another) controversial album that will fail to satisfy a certain number of fans (especially those unable to appreciate albums released post-Promised Land). American Soldier does not include any songs that will become “hits” or concert favorites. It is a concept album that is meant to be listened to in its entirety. As a whole, it is quite good. The individual performances by the musicians, especially Geoff Tate’s vocals, are great. Also, the songs flow together very well, resulting in an enjoyably cohesive album. If you’re expecting Empire or Operation Mindcrime then you’ll be disappointed. But, if, like me, you are open minded and able to enjoy post-Promised Land albums, this one will grow to your liking.