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3 stars The Game ? 1980 (2.8/5) 10 ? Best Song: Dragon Attack

How many solid artists (and I can't deny, through all their faults, that Queen are a solid band) totally gaffed, crashed and burned miserably in the 1980s? Why? Well the traits of cheesy arena rock and new wave and synth pop came in. It was a decade of decadence and trying to move as far away from introspection as possible. Most solid artists tried their hardest to make music that meant something in the beginning, and when the 1980's rolled it, taking away their base of reference, forcing them into a completely foreign realm, they crashed and fell through, respectfully, but for a band like Queen, who never said anything meaningful in the first place, and had already pioneered the lackluster arena rock with much of News of the World, well we can see how they survived with most of their sound intact. They just moved on and focused on more particular facet to their sound than anything else. 'When your resistance is low, light another cigarette and let yourself go', he sings on the opening eclectic anthem rocker 'Play the Game', which epitomizes the kind of lifestyle and musical ideology they were shooting for with their first release in the 1980's. I can respect them, they were finally being honest for a change. They don't wholeheartedly eschew 1970s values, either. How could they, when in 'Dragon Rock', they celebrate their potheaded hard rock roots? But it's certainly more 'progressively minded', in the sense that 'Another one Bites the Dust' is a continuation of the arena soaring. I can't handle that song for long, but anyway it blows We are the Champions out of the water. The hard rocking is there, the soaring, shallow crooning is there, the bass guitars are taken up seven or eight notches on the loudness and grooving scale. What has changed that wasn't going to change anyway? Nothing, and that's why the Game is a pretty good album. They even have time for 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love', which is fun and all, but nothing to write home about. It's an Elvis tribute, if anything.

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