Personally, I kinda liked the bubble-gum pop, syrupy sweet, mega- and anthems that came from the hair of the late 80s. Warrant. Winger. . Totally my cup of Kool-Aid. Ok, I can maybe see the critics’ point of view about the lack of substance.
Of course, Operation: Mindcrime was totally the exception to the “teased up hair, head-banging” rule. Penned by Queensryche,Operation: Mindcrime is a dark, political -ish thriller set to music, with some spoken word. The main plot deals with , a former heroine addict who gets turned into an assassin by the mysterious Dr. X. Other characters include an evil priest and a prostitute turned . Honestly, it’s the version of The Manchurian Candidate (without the hooker-nun part).
Overall it’s a great listen. I'd have to say my favorite songs areRevolution Calling and Eyes of a Stranger. Yes, I know those are the 2 "featured" singles they released on the radio.