Vocalist Geoff Tate's first solo album outside Queensrÿche could, if promoted correctly, finally draw attention to a stellar voice that has gone unheard outside the metal lexicon.

Vocalist Geoff Tate's first solo album outside Queensrÿche could, if promoted correctly, finally draw attention to a stellar voice that has gone unheard outside the metal lexicon. Although he keeps in check the tenor he can magnificently tap, Tate artfully flexes his five-octave range over 11 cuts that bring together electronica atmospheres and hard-rock passion surrounded by textures and harmonies that recall Queensrÿche's The Promised Land. Delving into matters of the heart but thankfully eschewing schmaltz, opener "Flood" builds an enjoyable tension that's retained until the last guitar lick on the heartbreaking "Over Me." At times dreamy ("Touch"), dramatic ("In Other Words"), and danceable ("A Passenger"), this eponymous set is an essential musical journey that can easily cross mainstream rock and top 40 borders. In fact, any PD who doesn't embrace first single "Off the T.V." pronto should turn in his or her headphones.—CLT

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