Capitol Catalog
Release date
27 Aug 1990
Running length
11 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Queensryche - Best I Can 5:28 6,894
2 Queensryche - The Thin Line 5:42 5,420
3 Queensryche - Jet City Woman 5:22 11,476
4 Queensryche - Della Brown 6:00 5,108
5 Queensryche - Another Rainy Night (Without You) 0:00 5,984
6 Queensryche - Empire 5:22 11,046
7 Queensryche - Resistance 0:00 4,801
8 Queensryche - Silent Lucidity 5:47 36,130
9 Queensryche - Hand On Heart 0:00 4,417
10 Queensryche - One And Only 0:00 4,167
11 Queensryche - Anybody Listening? 0:00 3,946

About this album

Released on 4 September 1990, Empire is the fourth full-length album by Queensrÿche. The power ballad “Silent Lucidity” was a cross-over hit, reaching #1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks and #9 on the Billboard Hot 100, which helped the album reach triple-platinum status. The songs “Jet City Woman”, “Della Brown”, and “Another Rainy Night (Without You)” create a miniature concept album within the first half of “Empire,” as they are linked by audio effects that bring the listener from one audio background to another seamlessly. “Empire” could arguably be included within this series, as the song begins with voices on an answering machine (as are also used in “Another Rainy Night”), though its subject is more of a stretch to relate.

Track listing
“Best I Can” (DeGarmo) – 5:34
“The Thin Line” - (DeGarmo, Tate, Wilton) – 5:42
“Jet City Woman” (DeGarmo, Tate) – 5:22
“Della Brown” (DeGarmo, Rockenfield, Tate) – 7:04
“Another Rainy Night (Without You)” (DeGarmo, Jackson, Tate) – 4:29
“Empire” (Tate, Wilton) – 5:24
“Resistance” (Tate, Wilton) – 5:42
“Silent Lucidity” (DeGarmo) – 5:48
“Hand on Heart” (DeGarmo, Tate, Wilton) – 5:33
“One and Only” (DeGarmo, Wilton) – 5:54
“Anybody Listening?” (DeGarmo, Tate) – 7:41

2003 CD reissue bonus tracks
The album was re-released on June 10, 2003 with the following bonus tracks:

“Last Time in Paris” - (DeGarmo, Tate) - 3:52
“Scarborough Fair” - (Simon, Garfunkel) - 3:51
“Dirty Lil Secret” - (DeGarmo, Tate) - 4:07

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  • naturefirst

    Silent Lucidity !!!!!!!! my favorite song

    15 Nov 2013 Reply
  • BlackAngel912

    I feel like Mindcrime has a ton more punch and power but where Mindcrime succeeds in how visceral it is, Empire succeeds in its subtleties. I hated the album when I first listened to it and now it's one of my favorites. So many great tracks here just lacking the direct cohesiveness that Mindcrime had.

    26 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Crieky

    Operation: Mindcrime \m/

    18 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Pottstradamus

    I love every song on this album, every thing they released up to this point was just awesome imo, after this they lost it abit im afraid

    8 Sep 2011 Reply
  • pinkflyd7

    Remove "Hand on Heart" and "One and Only" and you have a perfect album. It's just too bad that this was their last great album.

    12 Aug 2011 Reply
  • joshmattg

    I prefer the 2 albums before it

    26 Jul 2011 Reply
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  • Supertransonic

    Always brings me back to 1990 .. great memories!

    15 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Nordschein

    They're best album. Simply awesome. (2)

    11 Jun 2011 Reply
  • SebyBachy

    They're best album. Simply awesome.

    2 Aug 2010 Reply
  • MikeySchenker

    I still have the vinyl version of this one, contained two albums actually. The first album was from Best I can to Empire. Probably that would have made one of the best albums I have ever heard. The second album was somewhat dissapointing: Resistance is "ok", S. L. is simply out of this world, as is Anybody, but the other songs I could do without completely. Without those 2 and Resistance, this album could almost compete with O. M. as their best... almost...

    6 Apr 2010 Reply
  • ricz_dm

    \/ THIS. I'm kinda disappointed.I expected more from this album.

    5 Mar 2010 Reply
  • selmixxx

    the best Queensryche for me

    24 Nov 2009 Reply
  • Cortlendt

    Great songs really. One of three albums that make ryche amazing band - with Operation: Mindcrime and Promised Land.

    14 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Hoo_0L

    This is the worst Queensrÿche album ever.

    23 Jul 2009 Reply
  • phobikal

    This is the best Queensrÿche album ever.

    10 Jul 2009 Reply
  • thecrowindianer

    wake up great Memories of a good Time in my Life :)Favorit Titel...Silent Lucidity

    12 Apr 2009 Reply
  • marilyndaigle

    There is nothing like a Queensryche concert at the House of Blues in New Orleans. Plan your vacation to coincide with them. You'll have the time of your life.

    31 Dec 2008 Reply
  • fretless11

    my favorite along with Operation mandcrime!!! ;)

    21 Nov 2008 Reply
  • truchopessoa

    mi grupo favorito, sin duda

    22 Jul 2008 Reply
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