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3 stars Sheer Heart Attack ? 1974 (3.4/5) Nearly 4 stars

11 ? Best Song: Killer Queen

Ah, finally, we've taken it a step up. This is, for all intents and purposes, Queen's first real 'metal album, and if you're going to disagree, why don'cha take it outside, because we got enough of your type getting ready to send me death threats over my AC/DC page. It's got some of their biggest hits to date, if you can measure a band as gushingly loved as Queen in 'hits'. Ah yes, when you badmouth Queen, the nearest fan hits you in the back of the skull with a baseball bat. 'Brighton Rock' is your typical flashy rocker, but who cares? I'm much more interested in the snappily playful guitar workout tune 'Killer Queen', and is it me, or does Fredie Mercury sound like his genitals were being squeezed incessantly throughout the recording to achieve that effeminately high squeal? Anyway, Killer Queen is a classic slab of 'pomp-rock', with rolling piano lines behind the crushing guitar lines and when they electronically processes his singing at certain points, it's a head trip. This was the first album that really introduced me to how I could enjoy Queen without associating them with Bohemian Rhapsody. They're still as pompous as Led Zeppelin (if not moreso). 'Tenement Funster' is a punching ballad that has Mercury sounding completely different, like a real hard rocking man for a change. Oh wait, that's Roger Taylor. Damn, nevermind, then. It's still a fun tune. I like Sheer Heart Attack more than their first two albums because not only is it more diverse, it's also more easily taken in ? the recording process was given much more care, and on something akin to 'Flick of the Wrist', you get the feeling they're actually being menacing', or at least impersonating menace with their chameleon-like graces. But hey, if you ever wanted to see the band go toe to toe with Judas Priest, take a whiff of 'Stone Cold Crazy', which is the album's one true rock hurricane. It's the first recommendable collection of Queen songs, friend.

Alitare | 3/5 |


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