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3.20 | 342 ratings | 30 reviews | 17% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1977

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. We Will Rock You (2:01)
2. We Are the Champions (2:59)
3. Sheer Heart Attack (3:24)
4. All Dead, All Dead (3:09)
5. Spread Your Wings (4:32)
6. Fight from the Inside (3:03)
7. Get Down, Make Love (3:51)
8. Sleeping on the Sidewalk (3:07)
9. Who Needs You (3:07)
10. It's Late (6:27)
11. My Melancholy Blues (3:29)
12. We Will Rock You* (1991 remix ruined by Rick Rubin)(5:00)

Total Time 44:09


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Line-up / Musicians

- Freddie Mercury / vocals, piano, vocal orchestrations
- Brian May / guitars, vocals, piano, guitar orchestrations
- Roger Taylor / drums, vocals, additional guitars on 3 & 6
- John Deacon / bass, additional acoustic guitar on 9



Releases information

1977 & 1991 Queen Productions ltd. Re-released in 1991 by Hollywood Records with two bonus tracks noted with * in track listing. Produced by Queen.

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3.20
(342 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(17%)
17%
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(38%)
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Review by Sean Trane
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Folk
3 stars Yes, this is a sub-par 70's Queen album but still much better than what they will release in the 80's. How could we avoid the WWRY/Champions duo, as it was all over the airwaves and have filled all the stadiums around the world. Clearly , Queen was not about to lose its ability to make obvious shoo-in #1 hit singles.

But behind that shooting star , is a fairly poor album (by Queen standard of course ) , with plenty of fillers (although those fillers would be highlights in many band's best albums) , and rather shoddy sound. It is also a harder rocking album somehow taking youy back to Queen II or SHA but without reaching the waist level of those two albums. Get Down , Make Love was yet another blatant call to young males and is probably my fave on this album , as I did just that without them having to tewll it to me twice.

Start with another album , Opera , II , debut or Jazz. This is for confirmed fans!!

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Posted Monday, August 22, 2005

Review by chessman
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4 stars This album is better than some critics think. Ok, it spawned two of the most overplayed and aggravating songs the band did, 'We Will Rock You' and 'We Are The Champions', but the rest of the album is worth listening to. I find it very annoying to think of all people, who possess nothing more than Queen's greatest hits, and know only of the above two songs, plus 'Bohemian Rhapsody' and 'Another One Bites The Dust', and call themselves 'fans'. The reality is the band were much better on the tracks that weren't singles. When this record came out, I was already a long term Queen fan, had been since their first hit, 'Seven Seas Of Rhye', and I rushed out the purchase this. In those days, the opener was not, of course, well known, and it was a very effective way to start the album. Ok, 'We Will Rock You' was not their best track, but it was fresh and new at the time. A couple more tracks on here are not up to the mark, namely 'Get Down Make Love' and 'It's Late', but the rest of the songs are, in fact, catchy and decent. 'Spread Your Wings', 'Sleeping On The Sidewalk' and 'Who Needs You' are all worthy of repeated plays, and the closing number 'Melancholy Blues' is maybe my favourite track on the album, a lovely, bluesy, piano-led number, which demonstrates just how good a pianist Freddie actually was, and how good his voice could be. All in all, this almost ranks with the best of their output, and was, in fact, to be their last more than decent offering until 'It's A Kind Of Magic'. The album cover, too, is very good, and the vinyl itself was the third one in a row to sport a variation of the famous Queen crest as its label. I would probably rate this as good, if not slightly better than its predecessor, in fact. Give it a go. Maybe four stars is a tad too generous, but it is worth three and a half at least.

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Posted Sunday, October 23, 2005

Review by Easy Livin
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2 stars Read all about it, Queen in sudden loss of ideas sensation!

Queen have returned to form a number of times in their career, with albums such as "The Works" and "Innuendo" reassuring the fans that they still had it. The reason these return to forms were needed though was because they dramatically lost their form on several occasions. Up until the release of "News of the world", every Queen album had pleased or delighted me. Here however, the magic evaporated quicker than a beer spill in the Sahara desert.

In retrospect. the early warning signs were clear for all to see in the rather uninspired sleeve illustration. It is the music though which shows all too clearly that the band had suffered a sudden collective bout of creative block.

The first two tracks, while undoubtedly immensely popular, are prosaic to the extent that they could be by virtually any pop band. "We will rock you" is a basic crowd pleasing chant, great for getting the crowd going, but in musical terms they don't come any more basic. "We are the champions" is clearly intended to be an anthem for football crowds and the like, and is certainly played regularly at cup finals etc. Once again though, the song is utterly generic and could equally have been part of the catalogue of Slade, Sweet, etc.

Things fail to improve with "Sheer heart attack", a song which was not even considered good enough for inclusion on the previous album which actually bore that title. The anonymous nature of the tracks continues through a succession of 3- 4 minute underdeveloped songs, with only "Spread your wings" rising slightly above the mediocrity. Even here though, the song is little more than a verse/chorus number, entirely suitable for a single release.

Finally we reach "It's late", the only track on the album with a modicum of inspiration. Had this song appeared on a previous album, it would have been among the slightly weaker tracks, but here it stand on its own as the only song which is truly worthy of the Queen name.

In all, a thoroughly disappointing album which lacks virtually all of the qualities which distinguished previous Queen albums from their peers.

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Posted Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Review by WaywardSon
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2 stars This album is quite a big drop from "A night at the opera" and Queen " 2" The main saving grace of this album are the two anthems "We will rock you" and "We are the champions" which can be heard at any major sporting event these days. These are both great songs though. The third good song is the beautiful 'Spread your Wings" about someone leading a miserable life and the possibility of escaping from it. (I think a lot of people could relate to those lyrics)

Other than those three songs , the remainder is very below average. To buy this album for three songs just isnīt worth it, I would suggest getting a greatest hits compilation. Two stars.

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Posted Saturday, August 12, 2006

Review by Chris S
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4 stars This album for me was an improvement on A Day At The Races, the sound was more basic and stripped out but the delivery far more emphatic. Anthem songs in abundance on this album especially the first two songs ' We Will Rock You' and ' We Are The Champions', yes every American Football team has used them, every football club has used them and even boxers!!! Great branding and stunning vocals by Freddie Mercury. Brian May at his usual high level as is John Deacon on bass and Roger Taylor's pounding drums.' Get Down, Make Love' another great track. Yes they were going in a more commercial direction with this album BUT the result is an excellent album.

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Posted Saturday, December 16, 2006

Review by clarke2001
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4 stars Let's see what guys were doing during the punk euphoria.

The first thing that meets the eye is album cover; this one is modification of an well-known illustration by famous science-fiction illustrator, Frank Kelly Freas. It's probably the only good cover in entire band's discography.

When the cover is examinated enough, we can start doing the same thing with the music:

At the beginning we have boring crowd-pleaser "We Will Rock You" and anthemic football-championship's baby "We Are The Champions". They are both leaning one onto another, and they are both forged to please the masses. And they both succeeded in that task. Despite the fact that "We Are The Champions" is a crowd-pleasing piece, it was done very well. However, these two song are so overplayed on thousands of radio stations during the years that I am not intending to do any deeper analysis.

"Sheer Heart Attack" always makes me smile; this is in fact the heaviest, the loudest, the punkiest and most furious song that QUEEN ever did. The same superlatives apply not only within the boundaries of QUEEN's catalogue! The song is unique in its own brutality and charm. Somewhere in the middle of the song (just before the brief drum solo) dissonant feedback noises start to torture your ears. The song ends abruptly. I mean, really abruptly. I'll try to demonstrate it: I will finish this review in the same manner, just for an illustration. Anyway, I like it because that total opposition of fade-out is emphasising the noisiness of the song itself - like the voices are still screaming in your head while you are actually hearing the silence.

After the silence, mellow piano chord starts "All Dead, All Dead", lovely ballad with beautiful vocal melody, one of the best Brain's vocals in band's career. The song starts being somewhat spoiled after the moment when bass and drums came in. However, it's a pleasant listening.

"Spread Your Wings" is another excellent ballad in unmistakable band's style, but nothing more than that.

The next two tracks are not only the highlights of the album, they are actually masterpieces themselves: "Fight From The Inside" and "Get Down Make Love". The first one is not really prog at all ( all songs mentioned above neither), but it's incredible. Raw, almost grungy sound with Roger screaming his lyrics out. All of the Roger's songs from the seventies contains some sort of agony within and this one is the best example.

"Get Down Make Love" is a mixture between hm...blues, glam-rock, avantgarde and electronic experimentation. Pure art, worth all the album's stars alone. I know for a dozen debates about how band actually managed to produce all those sounds: someone said that Brian May was using Eventide Harmonizer effect ( in 1977 ? ); someone sad that band betrayed their own "no synths" policy by using Theremins, and the only obvious fact is that band used Brian's guitar and Freddie's voice for sure.

"My Melancholy Blues" will appeal to listener with jazz tendencies, this is a piece with self-explanatory title, with traces of 50's easy-listening style and no guitars.

The longest track on the album ( clocking at six and

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Posted Monday, December 18, 2006

Review by Chicapah
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3 stars I must confess that I'd never taken much notice of Queen before I bought this album. Oh, sure, I was as impressed as the next guy with the obvious greatness of "Bohemian Rhapsody" but I didn't really give them another thought once the next tune came on the radio. Then one day in the Fall of 1977 I heard "It's Late" for the first time and I knew I had to have that epic rocker in my collection ASAP. Basically a power trio behind an incredible lead vocal and huge choral harmonies, the song possesses an all engines full steam ahead attitude that I craved but rarely found in those disco-dominated days. I consider it Brian May's most explosive guitar solo ever and one of the earliest examples of the then mysterious "tapping" technique. Once I slapped this album down on my turntable I found that, though it's a tad inconsistent, it has some really good stuff on it. I know that Mr. May simply meant to write an audience participation tune that would liven up their concerts when he came up with "We Will Rock You." But there's no possible way he could have envisioned what an international anthem it would become and turn it into the most recognizable crowd chant on the planet. And then comes the second half of the double punch. If you pay attention to the words of Freddie Mercury's "We Are the Champions" you know that it never mentions anything about a team. I know he was quoted as saying he had English football in mind when he wrote it but I think he also refers to his band when he sings "it's been no bed of roses, no pleasure cruise" on their long trek to the top of the heap. Yet it doesn't come off as gloating, just a statement of fact and perhaps that's why it's so universally accepted as an ode to honest achievement. When all is said and done it's a well-composed song performed and sung brilliantly. I also like Mercury's raw "Get Down, Make Love." It's an unconventional, sexually charged track that's angry in tone rather than romantic. Very intense and menacing but a fun ride all the same. May's "All Dead, All Dead" is another treat. This song about a cat he loved as a child has an interesting arrangement and some nice layered guitar lines that make it stand out. His smoky blues shuffle, "Sleeping on the Sidewalk," lays down a nice groove and shows off his versatility, as well. Bassist John Deacon contributes the lively tropical and rhythmic "Who Needs You" but his predictable ballad, "Spread Your Wings," is flat as a cookie sheet. The low points of the album (by far) are drummer Roger Taylor's excruciating "Sheer Heart Attack" and "Fight From the Inside." I fully understand that the punk rock movement was starting to influence everybody at the time and that the group felt compelled to offer a more "back to basics" sound on this record but there's no excuse for these terrible songs being included. They are so rancid they cast a pall on the whole album like two big red blemishes. Freddie ends the album with a pleasant, nostalgic piano tune, "My Melancholy Blues," in which he croons prophetically "My guess is I'm in for cloudy and overcast/don't try and stop me/'cause I'm heading for that stormy weather soon." Fateful words, indeed.

Not much in the way of prog-related music to be found on this one but there are some outstanding tracks to enjoy, for sure. Queen tried to show the fickle, "any way the wind blows" critics who said they were too pompous and overproduced that they could peel away some layers and be more "real." The result is a mixed bag of diamonds, rock specimens and a few dirt clods.

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Posted Saturday, February 17, 2007

Review by Seyo
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2 stars Overrated, over-blown and pompous album. Several nice moments ("Spread Your Wings") but far, faraway from recommendation to serious prog fans. This is mostly an ambitious and pretentious variant of glam rock for kids, even the cover suggests the Marvel Comics type of illustration. T. Rex did it in much more poetic and substantial way, while THE OSMONDS and BAY CITY ROLLERS did it in a simpler and more genuine pop and unpretentious style. And yes, I simply hate to hear "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions".

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Posted Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Review by Gatot
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3 stars There were two songs that came out from this "News of The World" album which became widely accepted themes all over the world. First is of course the frequently used "We Are The Champions" as sport anthem all over the world and second is "We Will Rock You" which has been used frequently also in sport or any event which creates motivation (in workshop, seminar, gathering, etc.). From these two facts, how could we say that this is not successful album?

But it's not only that. Musically, this album still represents the early sounds of Queen like in "A NightAt The Opera" even though "News of The World" is less attractive. There are good tracks like "Sheer Heart Attack" which has good power, the mellow "All Dead, All Dead" and the energizer "Spread Your Wings". The lyrics of "Spread Your Wings" is really good, and the music is very motivating to energize emotion.I also personally love "Fight From The Inside" which lyrically a very encouraging message with positive words and I also like the music.

It's not the best, but it's a good album from Queen.

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Posted Monday, May 07, 2007

Review by ZowieZiggy
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3 stars I have several passions in my life.

Two of which are music and major sports events; I have countlessly attend great sports events (football, athletics and tennis). Needless to say that the first two hymns from this album sounded, sounds, and ever will sound so special to me. Just great, powerful and closely related with another side of my life.

The third song here :Sheer Heart Attack is another hymn. To the punkish scene. Rather a precursory song since originally written during the Heart Attack sessions (74). I was so deeply involved in the punk movement in 77, that I can of course not remain alien to such a vigorous tune.

This album is of course nothing close to their greatest first five albums. But Queen is not a common band. One of the greatest rock band in the history? Yes, probably. And Spread Your Wings is another convincing number. More on the melodic side but at the end of the day, it is at least half of their characteristics (melodic / rocking).

Weak numbers? Yes there are : the funky/noisy Fight From The Inside, Get Down, Make Love which is the most unbearable here. Press next (unless you would like to make it while listening to this number). But I have far much better recipes for you if you want to (just post me a mail for suggestions).The bluesy Sleeping On The Sidewalk i sanother one.

I am not either sublimated with Who Needs You and its flamenco beat. It brings some diversity of course, but it weakens the whole as well. In this context, a song as It's Late is very much welcome. Heavy and trong ; it features a band at the unisson in his wild rocking attempt. Wild? Yes! The best unknown song from this album.

Three stars. Some anthems, some good songs and some weak parts. But don't expect any prog in here. Maybe for their next album?

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Posted Friday, January 18, 2008

Review by Queen By-Tor
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3 stars They will rock you.

At the same time one of Queen's most under and over appreciated albums, this is one that's always a hot topic for discussion. While it's undeniable that this was the start of a tremendous downfall for the band (in terms of rock and prog, but a stupid uprising in terms of pop), there's still some fantastic moments on this disc none the less.

Starting with two of the best rock anthems ever composed, the album gets off on the right foot. Often considered one song (and for some reason they also receive fire for being a gay anthem... I don't think that's what they were going for) We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions are excellent reasons why Queen still knows what they're doing. A killer solo from May in We Will Rock You, and some great deliver from Mercury in the second song make these two a very strong combination. Following up close behind is the rebellious and heavy Sheer Heart Attack. Not unlike the style of the album that it's named after, this song is frantic and rocking. A warning, though, don't turn it up too loud on a system that has a lot of high end... your head will explode. Some very strange computer-y effects near the end of the song are questionable, but good when they're not hurting your ears.

Then the album really picks up.

While the first songs were good... they just keep getting better and better. All Dead, All Dead is a melancholic song with some great melodies in the vocal department (as to be expected from Mercury). Dark in tone, this is one track that certainly stands out. Similar in tone, but even better in music is the sublime Spread Your Wings. This is definitely one of Queen's most overlooked tracks. Emotional and well played as any good Queen song is, this is one that is a huge standout on the album.

From here on in the songs get a bit mixed. A couple of standard rock songs are on the way as Fight From The Inside starts up. This is the trademark Taylor voiced song, and he doesn't let down... but the song is nothing special on the album. Sleeping On The Sidewalk is more of the same, this one a bit more low-key and zoned out in sound. Who Needs You follows in the formula of the other recent songs and is soon over. While they may represent a weaker point of the album, each one of these tracks are definitely enjoyable... if nothing completely remarkable.

But then we get what we've been waiting for... a Queen classic. It's Late is that song on this album. Soaring vocal parts and song excellent melodies form each member make this song the true standout on the album, above and beyond any other track. The album is worth it for this song alone, really. Afterwards there's really nothing left to do but let the album wind down with a slow track like My Melancholy Blues. Slow and peaceful, the album comes to an end.

Like each Queen remaster this album also has a remix of one of the songs from the album. On this particular CD it's We Will Rock You which gets the treatment, but really... just stop the cd before this track starts... because it's not really worth your time.

One of my personal favorites and one that's often looked down upon, this is a great album. Not really prog in any sense of the word, it will still entertain the socks off of most prog fans. 3 stars for a strong rock album.

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Posted Saturday, March 08, 2008

Review by russellk
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2 stars Go on, rock us then.

What, you can't? You've cut anything resembling genuine rock from your albums, surrendering your breadth of vision to a pastiche of half-baked musical ideas in an attempt to be all things to all listeners?

You're the champions? You were, once, only three years previously. Not now though. You're a sound-alike band capable only of the occasional palpitation, nothing like the sheer heart attack you inflicted on us in 1974. The staggering beauty you were capable of is now all dead, all dead. If only you would spread your wings once again - but no, you'd go on to foist even narrower visions on us in the future, remakes of old styles with a dash of patented QUEEN (TM) sound to make the public think you still 'had it'. Was there never a fight from the inside of the band? Did not even one of you consider leaving in the interests of musical integrity? Obviously not: your lineup remained stable until FREDDIE's untimely passing.

Inspiration gone, you've tried to draw from the blues well already sucked dry by the likes of LED ZEPPELIN, who did it much better than you. The latter half of this record is so tedious, I'd rather get down ... well. There's a poverty of ideas here that, if this had been your first album, could well have left you destitute, sleeping on the sidewalk.

Who needs this? Who needs you? Not me. Sadly, this is an album I can do without. It sounds as limp and uninspired now as it did in 1977. It's late in the album, and finally you provide me something worth listening to - at over six minutes, you finally choose a canvas large enough to allow a few of your ideas to emerge. Still, my melancholy blues over QUEEN's substandard output continues. The more you're tryin', the more you seem to let me down. I can't help it: such promise frittered away leaves me with a sadness I can't get over, and this review reflects my disappointment.

News of the world? Hardly. More like yesterday's fish and chip paper.

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Posted Saturday, March 29, 2008

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
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3 stars Duck Soup!

News Of The World ended the exceptionally strong series of albums released by Queen in the 70's; the self-titled debut, Queen II, Sheer Heart Attack, A Night At The Opera and A Day At The Races were all excellent albums. Admittedly, A Day At The Races already showed some signs of what was to come on this album, but A Day At The Races was still a great album. The progressive and epic aspects of the band's sound took a backseat here for the first time and some Arena Rock entered the "royal court". But, on the other hand, there are some very good moments here. But News Of The World is still one of the band's least good albums ever, in my opinion.

We Will Rock You is a song I just cannot listen to anymore, I always skip it! It has simply been played to death and it has a tedious beat that I find overly simple and too repetitive. We Are The Champions is a very good song, indeed a Queen classic. However, I mostly don't listen to it anymore while playing this album. Indeed, I usually skip the three first tracks. Sheer Heart Attack is something of a Punk song! It is completely out of place on a Queen album in my opinion.

All Dead, All Dead is sung by Brian May and he sings very well in my opinion, a very nice little piano ballad. Spread Your Wings is, however, the first great song of this album. It is a very typical Queen song and as such it offers nothing really new in relation to earlier albums; great melody, great vocals, great lead guitar. The standards set by previous albums is high indeed, so maybe one shouldn't be too harsh here?

Fight From The Inside is a Roger Taylor number and one of his least interesting ones ever on a Queen album. It gets a little bit boring towards the middle, I think. Get Down Make Love has a strong chorus melody but overall I find this song slightly tedious. This is far away from the greatness of earlier sonic experiments like the amazing The Prophet's Song from A Night At The Opera, for example.

Sleeping On The Sidewalk is a pretty straightforward Blues Rock number again sung by Brian May. Not quite what you expect from Queen, and hardly very interesting from a Prog point of view. Who Needs You is actually one of the better songs here! The acoustic guitar work is great! 'I like it, I like it' (as Freddie says in the background during one of the great guitar solos).

It's Late is a good bluesy Rock song, but it is a little bit too long for its own good. My Melancholy Blues is a wonderful song and a great ending to a not so great album.

There is not much progressive material on this album and it is a major disappointment after the fantastic string of albums that went before it. Recommended to all fans and collectors, but others should get most other Queen albums before this one.

Freddie once joked in an interview about calling this album 'Duck Soup' as that was the title of the Marx Brothers movie following their two previous movies A Night At The Opera and A Day At The Races for which Queen borrowed their two previous album titles.

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Review by J-Man
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1 stars 1.5 stars really!!

Before I even begin to rate this, get one thing straight: I am not a huge Queen fan. I like to listen to an occasional song or two from them, but I struggle to listen to an entire album of theirs. Nothing really stands out on this album especially. I book this album as the weakest Queen album I've heard, and none of the songs are progressive either.

The album starts with We Will Rock you, which is one of the most overplayed, overrated, and worst songs ever. It's repetitive, an awful guitar solo, and has no depth. Thank God they followed this with We Are The Champions, which is an incredible shorter song. There are a couple other really lousy tracks, most are just okay, and the only other great song is Spread Your Wings.

This album, like I've said earlier, isn't proggy at all. If you're expecting Queen I or II, you won't get that here either. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone, but then again I don't love Queen.

Final Score: 1.5/5

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Posted Saturday, December 20, 2008

Review by Isa
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2 stars |D| Some of the worst news I've heard in a while.

This was another one of my parents' old vinyls that finally got to be played after twenty years on the shelf once I obtained a turntable. And I can safely say this was one of the worst all the vinyls in that stack (or at least of anything on this site...). Upon first listen, boom, the duo tracks We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions, two immortal tracks played in stadiums everywhere that everyone knows and almost the entire rest of the album (especially upon hearing Shear Heart Attack, an appropriate title to say the least) was, especially on that first listen, total garbage and made me want to throw the album out the window. Upon the next few listens, I realized that All Dead, All Dead and Spread Your Wings were somewhat decent AOR pop sounding tracks, and the rest was a complete disaster, especially just about everything on side two. Some very obnoxious mainstream material, what isn't already filler material to start with.

I am very strict with the albums I give ones and fives. I must love and respect every moment of an album to give it a five and borderline loath every moment of an album to give it a one. This album was close to a one, but the less annoying two immortal tracks and the other two I named above saved it from such a fate. For die hard fans of Queen alone, and I certainly am not one of those.

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Review by Ivan_Melgar_M
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4 stars The End of an Era"

Despite what people believes, I consider "News of the World" the last album from an outstanding trilogy that started with "A Night at the Opera" and "A Day at the Races", as a fact it's the last one with references to the Marx Brothers, because in 1934 Groucho and Chico Marx made a radio program in which they made mockery about the news of the World.

I believe that many people who originally liked the album was overwhelmed by the massive impact that two songs had in the radios and simply rejected all the record, but in my opinion the album is a solid representation of QUEEN'S golden era.

"News of the World" starts with the powerful "We Will Rock You", a strong track that talks about the contradictions of a young man who wants to change the world and how the time turns him into an old man asking for peace, this short song works as an introduction for the universally known "We Are the Champions", a track that has turned into an anthem for all sport contests.

"We are the Champions" is at least as good as past songs like "Somebody to Love", in which Freddie Mercury gives us a taste of his incredible voice, sadly the criminal overplay has destroyed the initial impression that was caused on the QUEEN fan.

"Sheer Heart Attack" is a frenetic rock that wasn't included in the band's second album with that title, not a Prog oriented or delicate chance for Mercury and May to show their skills, but still a good Hard Rock track.

"All Dead, All Dead" is an extremely beautiful tune based mostly on Freddieīs vocals and piano, the usual chorus by Mercury, May and Taylor revive the older spirit of QUEEN'S songs, plus Brian's unique guitar and the duet Taylor & Deacon giving all the support a rhythm section can.

More melancholic and simultaneously pompous "Spread Your Wings" is another track in which all the band does the best possible work, they sound coherent and solid, this time Brian May's guitar makes the change, another good moment of the album.

"Fight from the Inside" is one of the weakest songs in the album, despite the good bass work by Roger , the track never reaches a climax, sounds a bit flat and predictable, QUEEN, maybe for a B class Hard/Metal band this sound would be OK, but not for QUEEN, from whom we always expect much more.

"Get Down Make Love" is some sort of Avant and Glam Rock encounter, May provides solid experimentation, the chorus sound dissonant and irrupt when less expected, interesting changes and again coherent structure with Roger Deacon breaking the leader of the drums.

It's time for Blues and "Sleeping on the Sidewalk" is a prove that this guys were really versatile, they play Rock, Prog, Vaudeville, 12-bars and now Southern Blues, few bands were able to play all this genres and sound well in all. But if this is not enough "Who Needs You" is some sort of electric Calypso where Freddie's voice delights all of us.

"It's Late" begins with Brian presenting us a strong guitar intro that soon is joined by Freddie, seems that song will go by this soft path but the vocal work and chorus that explodes when less expected take us back some years showing that they still had that Midas touch that could turn every song into gold.

"News of the World" is closed by the extremely nostalgic "My Melancholy Blues" in which Freddie exploits his ambiguous and magnificent vocal range to take us back to any dark Blues bar in the 40's or 50's, the piano and jazzy drumming are just perfect, strong closer.

It's true that "News of the World" is not in the level of the two predecessors, but sill is an excellent addition for any musical collection, so if I want to be fair, I can't rate it with 3 stars being that this is the average rating and this album is above this level, so being that there are no 3.5 stars, will go with 4.

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Review by progpositivity
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2 stars Not a bad 70's rock album. For a website named "Rock Archives", we could entertain serious discussion as to whether this collection of songs is worthy of 3, 4 or 5 stars. But without a legitimate prog song from cover to cover, on "Prog Archives" how could this album be anything other than for "collectors/fans" only?

Now, on to the album. News of the World opens powerfully with Brian May's foot-stomping hand-clapping declaration "We Will Rock You" which transitions seamlessly into Mercury's anthemic ballad "We are the Champions". These songs were ubiquitous on rock radio. Their sports arena staying power bear witness to how deeply they have been embedded into our collective consciousness. Think it is easy to write and perform a song that is simultaneously uncomplicated enough to instantly connect with a wide audience, unique enough to capture the attention and appreciation of such an audience, and universal enough to retain its appeal to future generations? If so, I encourage you to give it a try and let me know how successful you are.

Roger Taylor gets to include two edgy hard rockers "Sheer Heart Attack" and the slightly funky, yet ever-so powerful "Fight from the Inside". Brian May adds the (only slightly operatic) solid rock song "It's Late", a breezy blues number "Sleeping on the Sidewalk" and the sentimental "All Dead, All Dead". John Deacon contributes the lazy pop tunes "Spread Your Wings" and "Who Needs You".

Mercury contributes the embarrassingly exhibitionist "Get Down, Make Love" as well as the extremely moody "My Melancholy Blues".

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Review by Evolver
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2 stars I remember back when this album came out, many of my friends just loved it. I could never understand that. After the disappointing "Day At The Races", I wasn't expecting anything spectacular, but this album was a continuation of Queen heading in the wrong direction.

The best I can say about this album is that it's not Queen's worst effort. It opens with the two best known songs on the album, the empty headed anthems We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions. And it just goes downhill from there. While the pop and rock songs that fill this album are pleasant and inoffensive, they just aren't memorable.

2.5 stars.

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Review by Warthur
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2 stars Established classic rock acts were faced with the snarling, spitting challenge of punk in 1977. Some of them reacted better than others, and in my view Queen were one of the groups that reacted poorly, padding News of the World out with unenthusiastic and sloppy hard rock numbers clearly intended to give the band some tough guy credibility. We Will Rock You is one of the most moronic, repetitive, dull and dreary rock anthems I have ever heard, and it baffles me how anyone above the age of 11 manages to find any enjoyment in it at all. Sheer Heart Attack is an old song from, obviously, the Sheer Heart Attack sessions, which has transparently had a punkish guitar line superimposed over it in order to repurpose the song as a jab at punk.

Sandwiched between those is We Are the Champions, which like We Will Rock You is horribly overexposed, terminally cheesy, horrendously predictable and simplistic and overall really not that good. After three utter duds in a row like that, the album improves somewhat, meandering through unappealing pomp-rock and fey pop of the sort dabbled with on A Day At the Races. None of it is notable enough to forgive the horrible opening of the album, nor is it significant enough to really merit a place in the Queen canon. Quite simply, this is one the most inessential and skippable albums Queen would release in the 1970s.

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Review by UMUR
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4 stars "News of the World" is the 6th full-length studio album by UK rock act Queen. The album was released through EMI/Parlophone in Europe and Elektra/Hollywood in the US in October 1977.

"News of the World" generally features Queen in a more rock oriented and stripped down version compared to the more flamboyant/theatrical predecessors. Sure Queen had always had a rock oriented sound and some tracks on earlier releases are very direct and hard rocking, but on "News of the World" the band go for a less layered sound than usual. There are of course still the trademark extensive use of choirs and harmony vocals in the music but itīs like the lead vocals are given more room here.

The album opens with what is arguably two of the bandīs greatest "classics" in the stripped down and quite original "We Will Rock You" and the anthemic "We Are the Champions" and from there until the end of the album we are treated to the bandīs usual eclectic genre blend. Queenīs music simply defies catagorization and I guess "rock" is the closest we get to a genre term. We get hard rockers like "Sheer Heart Attack" and "Itīs Late" but also some more "experiemental" tracks like "All Dead, All Dead" and "Get Down, Make Love". The brilliant and epic "Spread Your Wings" deserves a special mention too.

There are a couple of more standard quality tracks on the album but they are far outnumbered by high quality material and overall "News of the World" comes off as an excellent release to these ears. I really like how they tightened up their sound without sacrificing integrity or adventurous songwriting. A 4 star rating (80%) is deserved.

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5 stars Oh boy, did I dread getting this album. Granted, my overall experience with News Of The World turned out much better than I expected, but considering the album's reputation for giving Queen their final push into arena-rock status, I was half expecting the musical quality to take a nosedive. Fo ... (read more)

Report this review (#1008306) | Posted by KingCrInuYasha | Tuesday, July 30, 2013 | Review Permanlink

5 stars 9/10 Well, well, who knew. Once again I'm going against the general opinion to say that this record is very good, even if probably the strangest of Queen albums of the 70s. The sound here just remember the pomposity of the past - even the vocal harmonies are at lower doses than in previous ... (read more)

Report this review (#690827) | Posted by voliveira | Monday, March 26, 2012 | Review Permanlink

2 stars News of the World ? 1977 (2.4/5) 8 ? Best Song: Spread Your Wings Ouch, what a significant drop in overall quality. Talk about selling out to the lowest common denominator and being thoroughly punished for it. This was, what I deeply consider to be Queen's big sell-out record. It has 'W ... (read more)

Report this review (#445877) | Posted by Alitare | Wednesday, May 11, 2011 | Review Permanlink

2 stars After the 1st 5 fine Queen releases, this was a huge dissapointment to me. NEWS OF THE WORLD is a mess of overplayed anthemns, overblown rock, and the typical Freddie Mercury dance-hall music- none of which makes it for me. There is nothing memorable on NEWS OF THE WORLD like on earlier albums ... (read more)

Report this review (#445315) | Posted by mohaveman | Tuesday, May 10, 2011 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This record is completely different from the other Queen records. Despite de fact that it has two of the most well known songs in the whole world it's a very dark record. The sound is in perfect sinc with the stark artwork the adorns the record sleeve. As all of this band's records whe have al ... (read more)

Report this review (#349408) | Posted by unarmedman | Friday, December 10, 2010 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Let's see...I have all queen previous albums and i thought that this album would be bad.But i was WRONG.I loved this album from the first time.....The album opens with the great WWRY/WATC.Spread your wings oh my god..Very catchy song but the best song in the record is It's Late.Brian wrote it and ... (read more)

Report this review (#80736) | Posted by | Friday, June 09, 2006 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Not bad..really!!I think it may be the greatest album of the Queen...there are lots of great songs (pop songs): we will rock you.....we are the champions, spread your wings, sheer heart attack (nearly a punk rock song) and get down make love...It's not a prog album but a nice pop rock album. Differe ... (read more)

Report this review (#65645) | Posted by Kord | Friday, January 20, 2006 | Review Permanlink

4 stars News of the World is one of the last truly great Queen albums until Innuendo in 1991. This one contains We Will Rock You and We Are the Champions which I'm sure some don't like, but I find to be great songs. The solid hard rocker Sheer Heart Attack picks up the pace of the album and the (lack o ... (read more)

Report this review (#61215) | Posted by | Wednesday, December 21, 2005 | Review Permanlink

3 stars After the succes of the previous two albums, Queen had the choice, either to continue on the path they had set with songs like BoRap, Somebody to Love, or change. They decided to change. And they minimalised their sound somewhat, less overdubs, and basicaly less complex. Still a good album tho ... (read more)

Report this review (#42000) | Posted by tuxon | Monday, August 08, 2005 | Review Permanlink

4 stars The first thing that catches the eye with Queen's 1977 release, "News Of The World" is the awesome robot killer cover!!! Originally a painting by sci-fi artist Frank Kelley Freas, Roger Taylor found this and ask Freas if he could adapt it to have the members of the band on the cover!! There ... (read more)

Report this review (#41071) | Posted by silversaw | Sunday, July 31, 2005 | Review Permanlink

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