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A shape of Queen to come.

A nice debut, but nothing special; from prog point of view or Queen-fan point of view neither. On this album, band's style and sound were still buried under raw hard-rock mannerism and it's obvious that the band members themselves weren't so sure what musical direction to take. There are spices of music that will became known as prog; a good measure of hard-rock, traces of blues, undefined teaspoon of bands pompousness and uniqueness. And some proto-metal elements too. And soul. And ballad rock.

Okay, this is leading nowhere. Well, basically, all the tunes are good hard-rock songs (this album rocks, really), and some sort of dark mood is present all over the record; it's very nocturnal.

The most progressive elements here are evident in "My Fairy King", a strange mixture of ballad, glam rock and hard-rock with fantasy atmosphere. "Doing All Right"is also worth mentioning, a proggy, lovely piano-driven ballad with a good guitar part in the middle. The intro is identical to PINK FLOYD's "Stay" from the "Obscured By Clouds" album released on year before Queen's debut...a coincidence or plagiarism? I know the some of the songs from "Queen" had been taken from the band SMILE, Queen's predecessor, so maybe a plagiarism is not an issue.

"Great King Rat" is finest Brian's wah-wah moment, and "The Night Comes Down" is perfect interplay between John's bass and Roger's rolling drums. They're both somewhat similar to BLACK SABBATH style, with slightly more accented progressive tendencies.

This debut is well worth giving a try if your prog likings are leaning towards hard-rock tendencies, or if you like QUEEN in general. Otherwise, don't bother.

clarke2001 | 3/5 |


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