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QUEEN II

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4.35 | 814 ratings

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jampa17
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4 stars Art Rock at it's very best.

Queen is one of those bands that easily can get into everybody's tastes. They have the magical formula of doing something interesting, fresh, original and still marketable. Well, with their second album, not so originally called "Queen 2", they proved that even without "hits" an album can work very fine.

Well, this is a very different album from their debut. It's a lot more dark and mellow, for some it seems like they grow up, I just say that is different. Now, you will find all that signature time changes, different moods that flows very well through the songs. You have the chance to hear Freddy Mercury in the top of his game having great lead vocals and sing them with passion and strength. The same about the rest of the guys, who seems to understands perfectly with each other.

The result is an eclectic album, with a darker mood in the end but that offers a lot to dig in. With every listen you will discover different details that only can be found in good songwriting compositions. In this particular album, I prefer their heavy songs, like the wonderful THE LOSER IN THE END, OGRE BATTLE and FAIRY FELLER'S MASTER'S STROKE but all the pieces offers something interesting to any prog fan.

If we set ourselves in the year this album went out to radio stations, it was undeniable that they were at the side of any other prog rock monsters. I find Queen as the best prog band for new fans. If you get the idea of Queen and enjoys all the changes of moods and sounds you can understand better the more complex bands (I don't mean better, just more complex) like King Crimson or Yes.

This is a four star album easily and I can understand if someone consider the album a masterpiece. At the end, as a matter of taste I give them 4.5 stars, is just that there's better material of them. Enjoy music, sense music, this is the perfect place to do it.

jampa17 | 4/5 |

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