Geoff Tate & Co haven’t done much of merit since Empire (which contained the hit ‘Silent Lucidity’). Their more recent output was more “modern”, and lackluster at best, crap at worst. Chris Degarmo left the band for the greener pastures and Tate released an MOR-tastic solo CD. Many of us thought the band was done for, that is until now. While Tribe does not reach the heights of their hey-day, it is certainly not horrid. It certainly demonstrates there is life in the band yet, from the opening track ‘Open’ to ‘Doin’ Fine’. Coincidentally, Degarmo appears as a “special guest” on the CD. This album is nowhere near as accessible as either Mindcrime or Empire, but with a bit of time it becomes rather pleasant. There are hints of Empire in many places, and the melancholy pomp is there. Tate’s voice is in good form, and the band gel well on here. One just wishes they could have pushed a bit harder; one must wait for their next release, methinks. This is a decent album that could have been good or even great. Disillusioned fans of the bands should get this platter.
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