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Queen's Return to Fame (4.5),
This review is from: The Works (Audio CD)
Although Queen made a fantastic turn into the 80s decade with their hit album "The Game", their disco-funk album "Hot Space" left them off charts in the United States and other long time fans skeptical. "The Works" marks the hit pop/rock band's return to the top in the UK, featuring several classic hit singles. However, as a full length studio album, "The Works" does not quite stand up Queen's best material. Read on for more.
The album opens with probably the best song Roger Taylor ever composed in his time with Queen. "Radio Ga Ga" is a beautiful, synth-driven pop classic which showcases Queen's ability to still write pop hits. "Tear it Up" is simply an all-out 2 minute rocker, and is well done. "It's A Hard Life" is maybe Freddie Mercury's best contribution to this album, and he pioneers it with his superb vocals and infectious piano line. "Man on the Prowl" is a folk/rockabilly song which is lacks a catchy melody. "Machines" is a little too ridiculous of a song, but has its moments. "I Want to Break Free" was a huge hit off this album, purely a fun pop tune. "Hammer to Fall" is an excellent rock song from Queen, showing that Brian May could still rock out with his guitar anytime he wanted to. "Is This the World We Created..." is a haunting melody, backed beautifully by Mercury's gorgeous vocals. "I Go Crazy" is another solid rocker to close and the remixes are decent.
Overall, this is a pretty solid studio album by Queen, and skyrocketed them back on top of the charts in the UK. Featuring a few hit singles, this marked Queen's use of synthesizers excessively. Although it does not stand up to their 70s albums, this will be a hit for any diehard Queen fan. Recommended.