Queensrÿche, "Home Again"

79 Billboard Rating

"Home Again," the new single from Queensrÿche's powerful "American Soldier" album, could recapture the mainstream glory that the band achieved with its 1991 dream ballad, "Silent Lucidity." The lyrics-an exchange between a military man and his daughter who miss each other-are sung by frontman Geoff Tate and his own 10-year-old daughter Emily, who gives a rich vocal performance for her age. In less capable hands, the interpretation would have felt overdramatic; instead, a profound sense of sadness and hope intermingle among wavering guitar lines, gritty drum beats and gliding strings. The universal theme of separation from a loved one pairs well with the melody, which flows like soothing water over a wound. "Home Again" -and Queensrÿche-rightfully command a strong radio salute.-Christa L. Titus

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