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3 stars The embryonic QUEEN debut here with an album that manages to sound interesting and unfinished at the same time.

QUEEN embraced the excess of progressive rock, albeit in shorter song forms, for only a few years, and this first album is less progressive in nature than the brilliant 'Queen II' released a year later. Two years in the making, the major problem with this album is the unevenness of the material. 'Keep Yourself Alive' is a promising beginning, a song made for the charts but managing to sound interesting despite itself. Other songs have Jekyll and Hyde personalities: for example 'Doing All Right' is half soft ballad, half proto-metal rocker, and suffers thereby. Of the offerings on this album perhaps the strongest is 'Great King Rat', the first hint of the greatness to come. 'Liar' is also a track worthy of repeated listens. The rest is earnest but unmemorable.

What makes any early QUEEN album interesting are the rich vocal and guitar harmonies, and this is no exception. There is such a depth of sound here: even when the songs are frustratingly loose, the harmonies are tight and their trademark sound makes the heart ache with the beauty of it all.

Worth a listen, but not essential by any means.

russellk | 3/5 |


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