Fans have longed for a Queensrÿche reunion since guitarist Chris DeGarmo departed in 1998.

Fans have longed for a Queensrÿche reunion since guitarist Chris DeGarmo departed in 1998. Those expecting another "Operation: Mindcrime" will be disappointed that the midtempo "Tribe" contains grooves and layers instead of sharp hooks and thunderous beats. But they should rejoice in the soaring "Rhythm of Hope" and the sublime "Desert Dance," which prove that the group's chemistry for thinking-man's rock still sizzles. As usual, the performance of all members (and guest guitarist Mike Stone) is top-notch, and the lyrics explore aspects of the human condition. And it sure is exciting to hear DeGarmo and axeman Michael Wilton playing alongside each other again. But this isn't the storybook ending fans wanted: "Tribe" spotlights strong material that could be developed into a great climax. In other words, keep DeGarmo as a main character so this rich musical plot can be explored.—CLT