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1 stars A bad case of body language

INTRODUCTION Why reviewing this album? Well, I'd like to review all Queen albums and starting with this one has the advantage that after this one it only can get better. Queen always had a way of blending several musical styles, and in their earlier albums it worked out remarkebly well. With "Hot Space" however they switched radically to disco, neglecting their trademark touches of (prog)rock. I only bought this album as a Queen completionist and regretted it ever since.

TRACK by TRACK 1) Staying Power (2/10) 2) Dancer (4/10) 3) Back Chat (3/10) 4) Body Language (1/10) 5) Action This Day (4/10) 6) Put Out The Fire (4/10) 7) Life Is Real (5/10) 8) Calling All Girls (4/10) 9) Las Palabras De Amor (6/10) 10) Cool Cat (1/10) 11) Under Pressure (6/10)

CONCLUSION Well, this is definitely NOT prog. As can be seen from my ratings I don't like this album at all. All the trademarks that made me like Queen so much in the 70's are almost gone. Freddies fantastic way of singing (like for instance his fantastic performance in the song Liar (Queen I)), Brian's unique guitar sound and the vocal harmonies from Freddie, Brian and Roger are only sparingly present. There is not a single standout track here. In some tracks, for instance "Las Palabras De Amor", it's almost there, but it's not focused enough and it's only lasting for a few seconds. What remains is disco, like Michael Jackson meets The Bee Gees. So, don't consider buying this album, unless you're a Queen completionist. And even then it's most likely that this album will be a "filler" in your CD-cabinet (= only using up space without ever getting a spin again). That at least will be the destiny of my copy of this album after this review!

Album rating: 29% = 1 star

Draconean | 1/5 |


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