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This album gives you a taste of Queen both new and old. "It's A Hard Life" could have well fit on albums such as News Of The World or Jazz, while "Radio Ga Ga" and "Machines" showed everyone that Queen were just as hip to new sounds as anybody.
The album opens with "Radio Ga Ga," probably one of the best songs of the 80s. Ironically, this song with the sound of those others being played on MTV is about how much the singer misses listening to the radio, and how MTV has replaced the radio. Then, things get rocking with Brian's anthemic "Tear It Up," a track very reminiscent of "We Will Rock You," giving the listener an adrenaline rush and a musical high. Next is a track that is vintage Freddie Mercury from top to bottom. "It's A Hard Life" has everything one loves about Freddie. It is a piano ballad ala Somebody To Love with plenty of multilayered vocals and and excellent May guitar solo, yet it still rocks you. Following this then-current classic is a catchy rockabilly track. "Man On The Prowl" is somewhat reminiscent of Elvis Presley, except with a little more modern rock mixed in, as was their 1980 hit "Crazy Little Thing Called Love." The next track is not one of the more popular Queen tracks, but "Machines" is very very cool. All the synthesizers fit the lyrics perfectly. If the Terminator movies were made back then, one could picture a pretty cool video based on the movie being used for this synth track.Read more ›
All of those songs, plus those 2 albums are fabulous. But the rest of the tracks literally are just as fabulous, if not even more. "Tear it Up", is ultra heavy, and was written by Brian May. "It's A Hard Life", another great song, written by Mr. Mercury. "Man On The Prowl", is reminiscent of "Crazy Little Thing Called Love", which Elvis-like rockabilly. "Machines", sounds like 80's incorporated music. "Is This The World We Created", is soft, melodic and beautiful.....But, my absolute,favorite track on the whole entire album has to be "Keep Passing The Open Windows", written by the man himself, Freddie Mercury. This song is reminiscent of "Bohemian Rhapsody", (don't believe me?, listen to it yourself)and basically the Queen we know from the mid 70's, featuring Freddie's elegant, heartfelt vocals against his elegant piano playing, progressions containing pop/hard rock, choiral overdubs, guitar solos, etc, to make it short, the perfect ingredients to a perfect song. The lyrics talk about feeling lonely and thinking about the end, which I think everyone has felt, or will feel some time in their life.Read 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.
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Some great tracks on this one. I was lucky enough to see them live on this tour. It's a keeper for sure.Published 8 months ago by TheBigC
This is a good album to get . this one is for any fan of there hits and albums .Published on June 15, 2014 by Kurt Mstoecklhuber
I really like this cd. The songs I like the most is "I want to break free." I also like "Tear It Up. Read morePublished on March 22, 2014 by Birdmonkey
This is one of the best QUEEN albums!!!!! By this time they show a way more POP sound, with less HEAVY guitars, but still create AMAZING songs like Hammer To FALL, I WANT TO BREAK... Read morePublished on November 20, 2013 by Fluminense Rio
With this album Queen pushed themselves from being the superstars of the 70's to being the rock idols of the 80's.
To me, every song is a hit on this one!
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