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MADE IN HEAVEN

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Alitare
3 stars Made in Heaven ? 1995 (3/5 sort of) 9 ? Best Song: ????? Only Freddie Mercury would know

I'm ambivalent to this album. I have even a hard time saying it's a Queen record in the right sense. See, Freddie Mercury passed on back in 1991, and anyone with eyes can see that this album was released in 1995. Before his death, Freddie left tons of recorded vocals to songs, and instructed his bandmates to finish the songs after his death and release them. I really don't know what was going on in his head when he recorded some of the more uplifting songs, such as the title track, but I can say that the scare of death must have knocked him back to his senses, because compared to what came before the end, this is damn great. That's a relative posturing, mind you, because I could never walk away having fallen in love with my experiences from Made in Heaven, but the title is as literal as it is figurative. Although, based on the Christians and their usual views toward the guy and his vices, Made in Hell would've been a more appropriate title. Me, I'm not swayed in either direction, so we can all agree it's 'Made from the dead', which isn't an insult but a statement of fact. In a way, I think that if Mercury were still alive, he'd have pushed the band back to what made them so interesting in the middle of the 1970's, that or jumped on another wagon and ridden it to more commercial success. I'm not a rockstar, I'd do anything in any way if I got paid enough for it. With that being said, half the album seems to be a return to form, the other half is their generic piddling around with melodies. 'Heaven for Everyone' isn't exactly eventful, ya dig? But it's much more of an 'illuminating' album that you might be used to. Take my words with a grain of salt. I don't really like Made in Heaven, but it is an interesting end to the band's long and winding career.

Alitare | 3/5 |

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