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2.86 | 493 ratings | 30 reviews | 10% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1980

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Play The Game (3:32)
2. Dragon Attack (4:15)
3. Another One Bites The Dust (3:03)
4. Need Your Loving Tonight (2:48)
5. Crazy Little Thing Called Love (2:44)
6. Rock It (Prime Jive) (4:32)
7. Don't Try Suicide (3:52)
8. Sail Away Sweet Sister (3:32)
9. Coming Soon (2:49)
10. Save Me (3:42)

Total time 34:49

Bonus track on 1991 remaster:
11. Dragon Attack (Remix By R.A.K. And Jack Benson) (4:20)

Line-up / Musicians

- Freddie Mercury / lead & backing vocals, piano, rhythm guitar (5)
- Brian May / electric, 12-string & acoustic guitars, lead (8) & backing vocals, piano (10), keyboards (8,10) incl. Oberheim OBX synth
- John Deacon / bass, electric (3) & acoustic (4) guitars, piano (3)
- Roger Taylor / drums, tambourine (12), lead (10,13) & backing vocals, bass & electric guitars (10,13)

- Reinhold Mack / keyboards (6), co-producer

Releases information

Artwork: Cream Group

LP EMI ‎- EMA 795 (1980, UK)
LP Parlophone ‎- QUEENLP 8 (2009, UK) Remastered

CD Elektra ‎- 64513-2 (1983, UK)
CD Hollywood Records ‎- HR-61063-2 (1991, US) Remastered by Eddy Schreyer with a bonus track
CD Parlophone ‎- CDPCSD 134 (1994, UK) Remastered
CD Island Records ‎- 277 175 1 (2011, Europe) New 2011 Bob Ludwig remaster

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Review by Sean Trane
1 stars I will not spend time reviewing all preceeding albums to this one (up to Jazz and the Live Killers) , because they are all good and would rather avoid the prog or not debate) but the good Queen era stopped at the above-stated albums. From this one comes the "certainly not prog" era, whether this is to be linked with Freddy Mercury's coming out is open to debate but also due to the MTV phenomena (Body Language videos etc...)...... Whatever..... But Queen did alienate most of their older fans around this album and Hot works. And I was one of them.And i am still. And hearing tunes like Bite The Dust Crazy Little Thing and Radio Gaga, will probably never reconcile me totally with Queen.

Outside of the odd tune on here that will remind you of previous albums , Queen entered the 80's with the typical sickly drumming (and it is a shame because Taylor is a good drummer) of that decade. This alone is 2* stars taken away. For the rest , one cannot say that Queen was headed for the commercialism since they were always commercial, but at least before they were challenging: now from this album on , they will be controversial.

I may be tough on this album , since they will do much worse with the next three (Space , Gordon and Works) , only really bettering at the end of the decade with Innuendo, but I want to make a statement here, that this is the Cornerstone album (that Styx did also but called it as such) and it clearly sets the mark between the good (before) , the bad (after) and the Ugly - Montserrat Caballe ;-)

Review by Guillermo
2 stars This album marked the change to Pop Rock music for Queen. Gone are the very good arrangements of previous albums. It seems to me that their "Live Killers" album marked the end of an era for Queen.

As previous reviewers wrote, and as I wrote in other reviews for albums by bands like YES, Genesis, King Crimson, and others for the albums they released in the late 70s-early 80s, Queen was another of those good quality bands which changed their previously more elaborated musical style to compose songs more destined for radio playing. Maybe it was a "change or disappear" requirement done by their record companies, or maybe it also was a need for a change, but with Queen in particular, the disappointment was even greater, in my opinion.

The biggest hit from this album, I think, was the song "Crazy Little Thing Called Love", a 50s Rock and Roll style song sung a la Elvis by Freddie Mercury. I also consider it as the best song in this album. Another hit song, played many times in the radio was "Another One Bites the Dust" with a bass guitar line similar to the song "Rapper`s Delight" by a band whose name I don`t remember now (maybe it was "Rapper`s Convention" or something like that), a song which was a hit in 1979. John Deacon, the writer of "Another One..", wrote better songs for Queen years before, but I don`t like "Another One..." very much. "Save Me" was another song played in the radio, and at least it has good vocals arrangements. "Play the Game", again played in the radio, is not one of my favourites.The rest of the songs are not very interesting, apart from very good guitars played by Brian May.

When I started playing drums in one amateur band in 1981, I had to play with them "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" in wedding parties. This song is still played in oldies FM radio stations in my city.

Review by clarke2001
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2 stars The QUEEN album from the transition period. This one will be remembered because of first use of a synthesizer (Oberheim OBX) on a QUEEN record. Prog-related QUEEN period is gone for good. This record is much closer to the trendy punk and new Wave than it's predecessors "News Of The World" and "Jazz".

"Another One Bites The Dust" was a huge hit. Only interesting thing about this one is the fact that actually all the special effects and strange sounds are made with Brian's guitar. There is no single not played on a synth. "Play The Game" is lovely ballad in QUEEN style, but note very challenging. The same goes for "Save Me" (very pleasant ballad though). "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" is rockabilly (retro-rockabilly was trend in the early 80s) somewhat reminding of THE STRAY CATS. "Don't Try Suicide", "Need Your Loving Tonight" and "Coming Soon" are just fillers, very weak fillers. "Don't Try Suicide" have some good lyrics, but that's not enough to save the song.

"Rock It" is very good punk/new-wave with Roger on vocals. I like it a lot; it's not just a weak attempt of 70's rock dinosaurs to play new, trendy music (like mentioned "Coming Soon"), it works really well, actually. My favourite track from the album.

"Sail Away Sweet Sister" is lovely Brian's acoustic ballad, and only thing that is somewhat proggy, but don't expect too much. It's just a lovely song with Brian on vocals, and one chorus in good old-fashioned QUEEN style.

The last song worth mentioning is bass-driven "Dragon Attack". Despite the cheesy lyrics and predictability, it's quite a good groove...

What can I say? Eighties are here. If you are not a QUEEN fan, skip this one.

Review by Chris S
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2 stars In 1980 Queen delivered a killer blow to their sound. They really did move into the more pop market orientated field. For those fans who enjoyed Queen's evolution going in this direction will no doubt continue to enjoy the 80's works but for me the compositions took a downward spiral. ' Another One Bites The Dust' written by John Deacon is still for me one of the best songs ever written by Queen so this song redeems the album somewhat. What Queen continued to do through the 80's was deliver great live performances but their studio work took a bit of a dive.
Review by Seyo
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2 stars Three huge hits, "Another One Bites the Dust", "Save Me" and "Crazy Little Thing Called Love", are pretty much everything on "The Game" that deserves to be heard. And of course, none of these is anywear near the prog rock. This is arena, bubble gum disco-rock music that had a purpose to entertain teenage kids in early 1980s, but nowadays it is so dated and negligable.
Review by Gatot
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2 stars As far as my taste, there is nothing special about this album. Oh yes, this album features a very popular hit by the time it was released and it was aired on every radio in my country: "Another One Bites The Dust". This song created confusion to Queen fans as to which direction Queen would take their music to. Looking at this Another One Bites The Dust there is very obvious on upbeat disco style of this song. Other hits that were also popular: "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" and "Play The Game". As matter of taste, I like "Play The Game" as it still has the components of early Queen music. "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" was for me something like a rock'n'roll tune. This song was rearranged for marching band when I also get involved to play at Waditra Ganesha ITB Marching Band, altogether with ELP's "Pictures at an Exhibition" and The Police "Every Little Thing She Does is Magic".

Review by Easy Livin
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3 stars "I gotta be cool, relax, get hip, get on my tracks"

Queen entered the 1980's with something of a resurgence after a couple of sub-par releases in 1977 ("News of the world") and 1978 ("Jazz"). "The Game" is notable simply for the fact that the band used a synthesiser for the first time, thus ending the proud "no synthesiser" boasts which appeared on previous album sleeves. It is fair to say though that the synthesiser usage is kept well in check, even if it is immediately noticeable as the first solo instrument on the opening (title) track.

During this period Queen's focus moved perceptibly towards world domination through multi-million selling singles and albums. "The game" therefore has ten single length tracks, any of which could have been a hit. In the event, four massive hit singles were selected, "Play the game", "Another one bites the dust", "Crazy little thing called love" and "Save me". Two of these, "Another one.." and "Crazy little thing.." signal a significant move for the band into a much funkier, pop orientated domain. "Another one bites the dust" is notable for John Deacon's much sampled bass line, the song's signature.

While they retained much of their unique character, the originality which differentiated the band in their early years was largely suppressed in the quest to be the best pop band. The track "Need your loving tonight" for example could be by any retro influenced chart group, were it not for the undeniable quality of the performance. The irresistible "Crazy little thing called love" comes straight from the rockabilly world of "Blue suede shoes" Elvis, Freddie even doing his best to sound like The King.

The other two singles mentioned ("Play the game", "Save me") are more orthodox Queen power ballads, which sit somewhat apart from the rest of the album. The most bizarre track is "Don't try suicide", which puts an upbeat jaunty melody to a troubling, not to say weak lyric: "Think you're gonna slash your wrists this time, baby when you do it, all you do is get on my tits."

The bottom line on the album as a whole is, take away the wonderful pop of the hit singles, and you are left with a bunch of pretty average album tracks, only partially saved by some fine performances. This is probably one case where the "Greatest hits" packages are the better bet.

The sleeve photograph of the band is now somewhat amusing, portraying them as young rockers complete with short hair and black leather jackets. They look like extras from "Grease"!

Review by ZowieZiggy
1 stars OUCH !!! ALL DEAD! ALL DEAD!

Attention ! This album seriously hurts. Believe me!

One of their worse effort. But be prepared for several albums of this calibre, unfortunately. Disco beat "Coming Soon ", poor music "Don't Try Suicide"

But the two hits from this album are just the corresponding answer to "Fat Bottomed Girls" from "Jazz". I can't stand these, but apparently lots of people love them. So.

The most difficult task is to define the poorest one of all. Is it "Dragon Attack" (very difficult to describe), the childish "Need Your Loving Tonight" or the insipid "Sail Away Sweet Sister" ?

One good news about the original album : it was very short (less than thirty-five minutes). The second one is that there will even be a good tracks in here. A typical "Queen" number Play The Game. One good song only, this is below average for a Queen album.

Avoid it by all means if you want to keep yourself alive and be able to rock at Brighton. This album has not won the ogre battle. The one who tells you so is just a liar. I understand that these days weren' t the modern times of rock 'n' roll and that the band weren' in the lap of the gods while writing this album.

I guess the band should have better been inspired if they would have been lazing on a Sunday afternoon. They could have remained one of my best friends. But these were probably some prophets songs. Not at all the love of my life. After listening to such an album, I'm just dead on my two legs and my breath has been taken away.

I can't spread my wings because we are not the champions anymore. And from father to son I say : All dead! All dead!

Don't expect any prog in here. Maybe for their next album? This one stinks.

Review by Queen By-Tor
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2 stars Just playing that game.

Following their 1978 change in pace, Jazz, Queen starts to move down the disco road with this effort. Not there quite yet, but the sound is starting to run in that direction. The Game is a blend of old school (pseudo-1950s) Rock 'n Roll, some almost disco moments and a bit of old Queen. Really, this is where Queen started to adapt to the 80s and really started to aim at the hits. While Queen had always been a trendy band who managed to find commercial success in everything they did, this is where they really started to lose the progressive and hard rock audience. Some may argue that this started back with News Of The World (and others say Night At The Opera), but at least that album had some very bright rock moments with a couple of truly brilliant anthems. This one plays it safe, and while it does have its moments, this one is mostly the stuff of progressive nightmares.

Starting with the promising Play The Game we're treated to some of the Queen that we know so well. A slow, yet effective song that shows the emotion that Queen has usually portrayed so well with Mercury's excellent vocal talents and the compositions of the rest of the band. But that's when it all starts to go downhill. Dragon Attack has an interesting bass riff that starts off the track promisingly, and a great Taylor drum solo near the middle... but the track never really goes anywhere. It sticks to the strait and narrow so much that it simply becomes that one bass riff over and over until the song ends. Following that is the song that many people know so well, Another One Bites The Dust. A good pop-rock track, yes. but is it very good in the progressive scope? No, not really. Another good bass riff is what saves this one from becoming just another track.

Now for some good ol' rock and roll. A bundle of enjoyable, if somewhat predictable song are up next. Proving that they're still an excellent force to be reckoned with in the rock world, Queen puts out a couple of numbers here that should appeal to the classic rocker, if not so much the prog-head. Need Your Loving Tonight and Rock It (Prime Jive) are a couple of upbeat tracks with a fast pace that are enjoyable, while Crazy Little Thing Called Love brings back memories of 50s rock and roll music. Sail Away Sweet Sister coupled with Coming Soon make up for the very redeeming saving grace of this album along with the crowd favorite, Save Me, all of which are good rock tunes but lack the complexities that Queen usually are so good at playing around with.

However, one track has been skipped here. The album's nadir, Don't Try Suicide is an annoying track that's amusing at best and terribly irritating at the worst. Though a short track, this is one of those, ''What were they thinking!?'' tracks whose comparison could fall close to Genesis's ''Who Dunnit?''.

Not Queen's best effort, this is one best skipped by those who don't consider themselves fans of the band. Still a couple highlights, this one is a full head and shoulders above its successor, Hot Space, which would be a couple years later. Though that's really not saying much based on the caliber of that album. This one is for people who enjoy dancable classic rock and who really like Queen's 80s outputs. Everyone else should just retreat back into 80s Queen if they're looking for something to get into. I'd be hard-pressed to give this album anything higher than a 2.

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
3 stars Is Queen back in the game? Well, almost... The two songs that book end the album are the best ones; Play The Game and Save Me are both great songs with a very typical Queen sound.

Dragon Attack is great funky, bass driven rocker. I love the drum break at 1:30 into the song and the bass guitar solo that follows. Indeed, this is very much John Deacon's album, his bass guitar is very present on this album. And he wrote even more funky and bass driven Another One Bites The Dust. This song is not a favourite of mine though, I usually skip it.

Need Your Loving Tonight is a rather straightforward rocker that does not impress me much. And then there is the 50's style rock 'n' roll of Crazy Little Thing Called Love which is fun, but not much more than fun (but the guitar solo is great!).

Roger Taylor's Rock It (Prime Jive) (which I think should have been titled Rock In Space instead) is decent and very typically Roger Taylor. The Game was the first Queen album to include synthesisers which can be heard on this song and some others.

Don't Try Suicide is yet another bass driven song with a great lyric don't try suicide, you just gonna hate it.

Sail Away Sweet Sister is a song that makes me cry. Brian May sings this one, and his voice is so fragile and emotional. Great acoustic guitar break as well. A very typical Brian May song.

Coming Soon is another rocker; good but hardly amazing.

Save Me is without any doubt the album's best moment. I love this song! The lyrics, the vocals, the acoustic/electric guitar solos, the piano; its beautiful!

So, how to rate this album? Well, judging each track alone does not make this look too impressive, but the album taken as a whole cannot result in anything less than three stars. I readily admit that The Game offers very little in terms of prog. But I like it.

Review by b_olariu
3 stars Queen always remaining one of the most well known and respected bands ever in music. From this album on they dropped the prog influences from previouses album and become more and more accesible and comercial, but never the less some of their albums worth some spins from time to time, even if the prog elements are no more. On this album named The game from 1980, Queen manage to creat something between hard rock in places and mainstream rock , just for everybody. To me this is not a bad album, kinda mediocre , but 2 or 3 pieces are great like:Rock It (Prime Jive) and Coming Soon, the best from here, the rest are ok, easy to listen but not bad. In the '80's Queen was a hit factory, almost from every album, were 2-3 or even more pieces as hits in charts, beating almost everyband in this category. Not much to add, if you know Queen, and I think everybody listened at least once their albums, this one is not recommended, but is enjoyble. 2.5 rounded up to 3.
Review by snobb
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3 stars Myriad of critical reviews! I was a big fan of Queen for years, and I perfectly remember, how interesting this album was at the time of it's release!

First wide using of synthesizers in Queen albums ( if you remember, they we proud to write on their early albums "No synthesizers used!") Yes, this album is a turn to more pop-synth- oriented music, but it was a victim of time. ( And you perfectly know, that many artists made the same turn at that time: David Bowie, RPI groups,etc). So - some things are result of their time.

But the album by itself isn't as bad, as many think. At least, it rock, not sweet-soap of many competitors of it's time. Yes, it gave some mega-hits, so everyone know this music more or less. But just to try listen it as album, once again. I think you will see, that there are some interesting music on it.

Review by Evolver
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2 stars Here is where Queen went completely into the realm of bubblegum pop music. The best thing I can say about the album is that it compares to the last few 10CC albums, where that band was completely irrelevant.

While the production managed to get this album some airplay, mostly with Anotherone Bites The Dust, a fairly empty, boring, bass drive tune (I'm sure you've heard it) and Crazy Little Thing Called Love an Elvis imitation (how original), the album is pretty much forgettable.

There is a moment for about ten seconds in the middle of the opening track, Play The Game, where it sounds as if the band is going to break into something interesting. But alas, it doesn't last. And they do try some hard rock in Dragon Attack, but it's a pale song in comparison with their earlier hard rock works.

This Game? Tilt! Game over.

Review by zravkapt
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2 stars My parents played the 8-track cartridge of this album in the car all the time when I was just a small child. I can still remember hearing: "don't try suicide, you're just going to hate it..." (music fades out) CLICK! CLICK! (music fades back in) "...don't try suicide, nobody gives a damn." My parents were those mainstream types who never really bothered with Queen until The Game came out. This is their best selling album in North America, most likely due to the strong 1950s rock'n'roll and funk/disco influences. Even a song like "Bohemian Rhapsody" never caught on in the US until it was featured in a 1990s movie.

A lot of older fans didn't like the direction the group went in with this album. Unitl now, all their albums included the statement: "no synthesizers were used in this recording." Well, now they were used. Since this is literally my first exposure to Queen, I enjoy it more than most die-hard Queen fans do. This album was so ingrained into my psyche when I was young I literally love every song. Even 'filler' songs like "Need Your Loving Tonight" and "Coming Soon." This album has what I believe to be three of the bands best ballads ("Sail Away Sweet Sister", "Save Me" and the title track). "Sail Away" features some of Brain May's best singing on a Queen song, while "Rock It (Prime Jive)" is one of the better songs Roger Taylor has written for the band.

"Another One Bites The Dust" is famous for ripping off the bassline from Chic's "Good Times." "Dragon Attack" is the only other funk/disco influenced song. "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" of course sounds like Elvis Presley. For nostalgic reasons I love this album, but for this site it only gets 2 stars from me.

Review by Warthur
2 stars Queen had by this point become a rather soulless pop hit machine, cranking out catchy but disposable singles one after the other. This time around Another One Bites the Dust is the obligatory "anthem", Play the Game and Crazy Little Thing Called Love are the love songs, and the rest is rather forgettable. The band make a token effort to strike up some hard rock fury with Need Your Loving Tonight but fail to convince. The Game here is clearly "the music industry", and by this point Queen had become very adept at playing it indeed, because it sold like crazy - but do you know anyone who sincerely claims their favourite Queen song is Another One Bites the Dust? I don't.
Review by UMUR
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3 stars "The Game" is the 8th full-length studio album by UK rock act Queen. The album was released through EMI/Parlophone in Europe and Elektra/Hollywood in the USA in June 1980. "The Game" was a great commercial success upon release and generally received favorable reviews too.

Compared to "Jazz (1978)", "The Game" is quite different sounding. While the former featured quite a few hard rock tracks with edgy riffing, the latter is more of a sophisticated pop/rock album. Of course such a simple description of Queen´s music is somewhat ridiculous, as they are eclectic beyond eclectic and their music features so many different elements, moods and atmospheres. That´s also the case with "The Game", but it´s like they´ve toned down their most wild theatrical/progressive ideas and gone with a more commercial mainstream sound on this one. It´s starts out pretty interesting with "Play the Game" and "Another One Bites the Dust" is of course also a "classic", but there are not many highlights on the album. In fact I´d say that even though the musiciaship as usual are on a high level and the sound production and songwriting professional, most of the tracks on the album come off unremarkable to my ears. Sure "The Game" is a decent listen and there´s nothing offensively bad on the album, but I´m not feeling Queen´s usual burning passion on this one.

"The Game" is a step down from anything Queen released in the seventies. The few glimpses of excellence on the album are not enough to for me to rate "The Game" higher than 3 star (60%) rating.

Review by TCat
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3 stars Queen is one of the bands that became a slave to the corporate machine as they approach commercialism. The interesting thing is how they lost their loyal fan base more and more as got closer to the pop sound. It's also interesting how the most memorable music came from the band when they were at their most inventive and their most dynamic. This album still has some greatness to it, but it would be the last one that would hang on to a part of that. This album is also missing a lot of the variety, experimentation and progressiveness that made the band great. I still enjoy this one, although less than the previous albums. Everything before this had amazing amounts of quality music with a lot of variety, talent, dynamics, inventiveness and so on. This album retains some high points, but it is very close to the fine line of pop and cookie cutter music that it just isn't as highly regarded by me as their previous albums. For example, "News of the World" was amazing for it's variety and the way each song was of the highest quality even in it's variety. "Jazz" was inventive and risky and showed the band taking on new frontiers for music along with retaining that great variety. "Sheer Heart Attack" was rough on the edges but still a masterpiece that I consider as great as "Night at the Opera". "The Game" however, is the end of the greatness that came before. Variety and experimentation starts to give way to commercialism and sameness.

Of course there are the great tracks "Dragon Attack", "Another One Bites the Dust", "Crazy Little Thing" (yes I'm a rockabilly fan and these guys do it right), and "Sail Away Sweet Sister". But there are also many that are annoying and too pop centered like the awful "Rock it" and "Don't Try Suicide" which attempt to achieve the status of rock/pop anthems, but fall flat on their faces. Then there is the pure pop drivel of "Play the Game", "Need Your Loving Tonight" and "Save Me" which utilize Freddy's amazing voice but suffer in the originality department.

This album was not their worst or representative of the band at it's rock bottom, that was coming soon though, and it would be impossible for Queen to bounce back on future albums. But at least they were great enough to be remembered for their best albums. This should be a lesson to the corporate engine to keep it's cogs out of artistry, but some people never learn. Anyway, this album gets 3 stars and after this, everything falls apart.

Review by Necrotica
4 stars Jazz was easily one of Queen's most controversial records, many publications believing that the band were getting too over-the-top for their own good. Indeed, the album was very free-spirited and energetic even for Queen; Rolling Stone even went on to say that the band "may be the first truly fascist rock band." As if the band didn't already get a bunch of attention for their eclecticism and bombast, this just added more fuel to the proverbial fire. So with the band's first 80s effort The Game, the band decided to switch things up a bit. Instead of their traditional campy rock and layered production sound, Queen chose to create a more focused hard rock record and mix in a few sounds previously uncharacteristic of their style.

The biggest shift in the band's sound for this album is that they finally embrace synthesizers. After years of following a "no-synthesizer" policy, the opening track "Play the Game" immediately throws the rule out the window with the frantic keyboard intro that kicks it off. That's not to say that the band had forgotten their roots with this record; they were simply expanding their horizons, as well as experimenting with sounds that were popular at the time. There's also a noticeable emphasis on dance music this time around, something that would continue with their 1982 effort Hot Space. "Another One Bites the Dust" was the biggie when it came to the band's success with this genre, with a funky bass line that beginning bassists emulate to this day. That very song represents the other big change in the group's sound: it sounds a hell of a lot more restrained than their previous efforts. There's a distinct lack of bombast and stadium-filling choruses on this record, the band instead opting for a sound that's more reminiscent of Journey or another pop/rock band of their nature at the time. The difference is that Queen add their trademark sound to this style, giving it some extra personality.

Indeed, there are still elements of the band's old style present. "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" is an amazing rockabilly song filled with Freddie Mercury's typical sense of pastiche and fun, while the explosive chorus of the closing piano ballad "Save Me" is absolutely heartwarming despite the sense of desperation the song's lyrics suggest. Songs like "Another One Bites the Dust" and "Dragon Attack" are really where the change in sound is most apparent. Unfortunately, you'll have to get the hate mail ready... I don't like "Dragon Attack." It sounds like a boring mid-tempo rehash of what "Another One Bites the Dust" already accomplished before, and it's not all that exciting. The bass line, while sort of fun, wears out its welcome pretty quickly; a later highlight "Don't Try Suicide" makes much better use of John Deacon's bass work, especially when combined with the finger snaps and Brian May's Police-like guitar chords. The ballads, on the other hand, are generally fantastic; there's not a weak one here. "Play the Game" and "Save Me" are solid piano-driven numbers that benefit from infectious vocal harmonies and heavy emotional weight, while "Sail Away Sweet Sister" stands out as one of Brian May's best tunes. His somber vocals and John Deacon's melodic bass lines during the verses work together perfectly, while the chorus is extremely climactic and definitely worth waiting through the song's slow tempo to get to it.

The reason this is only a 4/5 and not higher is because some of the restrained songs really come back and bite the band in the ass. As I said, "Dragon Attack" is pretty damn bland; so are "Rock It" and "Coming Soon," both being extremely average rockers that feel like obvious filler. However, as with many of Queen's records, the songs that are good are extremely good. In fact, the goodies here can be absolutely amazing at times. So while there are some flaws and bland songs, The Game is definitely worth your time. It's more restrained, sure, but there are so many songs to root for that it doesn't really matter in the end. Their next few records, however, are quite a different story.

Review by VianaProghead
3 stars Review Nş 653

"The Game" is the eighth studio album of Queen that was released in 1980. The album features a more pop/rock sound than its predecessor, "Jazz" and its musical style would be continued and augmented on Queen's next releases. The album received very favourable reviews, when it was launched. "The Game" is one of Queen's most popular albums and it was the first Queen's album to include synthesizers on it. The classic Queen's sound of the 70's is evident with good free flowing music. It contains two massive selling singles, "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" and "Another One Bites The Dust". It has many styles including pop rock, funk rock, hard rock and rockabilly. This is a fun album to listen to with free flowing music and well produced tunes. It's their last work with 70's sound and a taste to what was to come.

"The Game" has ten tracks. The first track "Play The Game" written by Freddie Mercury was the song chosen to be released as the third single of the album. It's a very powerful and beautiful ballad, very emotional, which shows the talent composition of the band and Freddie Mercury's excellent vocal work, as usual. This is a typical Queen's song and one my three favourite songs on the album. The second track "Dragon Attack" written by Brian May is a song with a good bass line and a very interesting drumming work, with a solo in the middle of it. It's a hard rock song with some funk influences. Despite being a good song it never was a song that really seduced me very much. The third track "Another One Bites The Dust" written by John Deacon was the song chosen to be released as the fourth single of the album. It was a worldwide hit and became Queen's best selling single. This is another interesting song with a mix of styles of rock, funky and disco. It has a great bass line. This isn't one of my most favourite songs on the album, but I like it very much. The fourth track "Need Your Loving Tonight" written by John Deacon was one of the five songs of the album chosen to be released as a single. This time, it was released as the fifth single of the album. It's a straightforward nice and melodic rock ballad composed in The Beatles' style, but with a more pop sound. There's nothing special on it. It reminds me some vulgar songs from many other bands. The fifth track "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" written by Freddie Mercury was the first song to be chosen for being the first single of the album. The song was written as a tribute to Elvis Presley. It's a very interesting song that sounds completely different from the rest of the album, because it sounds like a 50's rock song. I don't like particularly the rock of the 50's, but I really like this song. I think it's a nice tribute song. The sixth track "Rock It (Prime Jive)" written by Roger Taylor is a rock song that despite being sung by him has an introduction vocalization by Freddie Mercury. It's a very fast rock song with a good guitar solo and nice chorus. This is a typical Roger Taylor's song, is decent enough, but I can't see nothing special on it, really. The seventh track "Don't Try Suicide" written by Freddie Mercury is a song with a good message but it doesn't catch my attention, as much I want. It was a really deception, for me, especially for being a Freddie Mercury's song, which always was my favourite composer of the group. This is, in my humble opinion, the weakest song on the album. The eighth track "Sail Way Sweet Sister" written by Brian May is an acoustic ballad, which is probably the real gem of this album. This is, in my humble opinion, one of the best and most beautiful compositions ever written by Brian May. Unfortunately, it's one of the most unknown, too. It's a lovely song with some progressive lines and made in the good old Queen's style. The ninth track "Coming Soon" written by Roger Taylor is another typical Roger Taylor's song. It's a very simple rock song with a nice tune written in a pop rock style. However and despite being not a bad song, this is one more vulgar song on the album, which doesn't deserve much attention from my own. The tenth and last track "Save Me" written by Brian May was the second song of the album chosen to be released as a single. It's one of the best Queen's ballads. It's a great song, with very touching and beautiful lyrics, nice harmonies and a great guitar work. It represents also one of the best contributions by Brian May in the song writing. It closes perfectly well the album just in the same line it was opened.

Conclusion: This is another album released in the beginning at the fateful 80's. As all we know, the 80's were a terrible decade for the progressive rock music. In the same year, Genesis released "Duke", Gentle Giant released "Civilian", Yes released "Drama" and Jethro Tull released "A". And as we must confess, none of these albums are the best representatives of their best musical period, despite I like very much of "Drama". Relatively to "The Game", it wasn't an exception too. In my humble opinion, "The Game" has three great songs, "Play The Game", "Sail Away Sweet Sister" and "Save Me", and it has also two good songs, "Another One Bites The Dust" and "Crazy Little Thing Called Love". The other songs are too much vulgar to a Queen's album, with the exception of "Don't Try Suicide", which is for me one of the worst songs made by the band. It reminded me immediately "Who Dunnit?" of Genesis, because in this moment, I'm also preparing a review of "Abacab". Sincerely, I'm afraid that "Don't Try Suicide" is very close to "Who Dunnit?".

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

Review by Hector Enrique
3 stars Freddie Mercury's undisguised intentions to experiment with the pop and disco sounds so in vogue in the early 80's found their initial point of intersection in "The Game", Queen's eighth album. A work that features the novel use of synthesizers, thus putting an end to the hitherto proud motto of not including synthesizers, frequently stated on the back covers or inner packaging of the band's previous albums. A detail that did not go unnoticed, and a clear sign that new winds were blowing on the horizon.

The agile and synthesized "Play the Game" serves as a starting point for a general tone that runs between playful and accessible rhythmic developments, such as the mega funky hit "Another One Bites The Dust" with John Deacon's catchy bass, or the entertaining rockabilly "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" and Mercury's rudimentary guitar strumming, or the hurried "Need Your Loving Tonight" and "Coming Soon", contrasted with the splashes of hard rock vein of "Dragon Attack" and Brian May's intense riff and sinuous guitar solo. On the other hand, the band's ever-present mellow feel appears in the last section of the album, with the beautiful "Sail Away Sweet Sister" and May's plaintive singing, but especially with the fragility of "Save Me" and the luminous piano/guitar blend of Mercury and May, stamping one of the band's great ballads.

The release of "The Game" generated controversy and some grimaces of non-conformity among the more purist fans of Queen's early days, but at the same time allowed the Brits to continue exponentially expanding their refreshed musical approach to an increasingly receptive international market.

3 stars

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3 stars It's an album for sure. First of theirs to feature synthesizer, and the first Queen album of the 1980s... That's all the trivia I could bare to look up. Play The Game If there's any band that knows how to start an album it's Queen. They know right when that needle drops you need to be transp ... (read more)

Report this review (#2903769) | Posted by theCoagulater | Sunday, April 2, 2023 | Review Permanlink

3 stars The beginning of the end. The release of 'The Game' signalled a marked departure in style from the preceeding albums that had established Queen as recording artists. Only the two tracks that bookend the album ('The Game' and 'Save Me') retain Queen's vintage trademark sound, the remainder being ... (read more)

Report this review (#904640) | Posted by Richard W | Saturday, February 2, 2013 | Review Permanlink

4 stars 8/10 The game in question here is to adapt your style. But how they do it so brilliantly. Queen broad policy of non-synthesizers and makes other minor changes in an attempt to be further embraced by critics and audiences. And they succeeded! The 80s was a terror to proggers, and those who ... (read more)

Report this review (#707394) | Posted by voliveira | Tuesday, April 3, 2012 | Review Permanlink

4 stars The year is 1980. Queen's music was becoming more commercial. They were starting to make the transition to pop music. Many people think that pop music=bad but that is not the case. This album is surely not as bad as everybody says. It is actually quite good. This album is not prog in any way and ... (read more)

Report this review (#162765) | Posted by | Tuesday, February 26, 2008 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Most people here seem to disregard this album, because it started the new era of Queen, with more pop-oriented and radio friendly music, but I really don't mind as long as music they create is still good. Most prog bands went into pop in the eightes but probably non one of them did it so succesfully ... (read more)

Report this review (#102760) | Posted by nuncjusz | Tuesday, December 12, 2006 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Well I can be short about this album. It's a reasonable good album with some very good songs on it, all in the rock and Roll style, but on the whole I can't get really excited about it. the album produced some great hits for Queen. I remember hearing a longer version of Another One Bites The ... (read more)

Report this review (#92139) | Posted by tuxon | Tuesday, September 26, 2006 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Is this a great album?? Yes it is. If you are expecting something like another "Opera" or "Races" you will NOT find it here. Nor does it sound like "News Of The World" or "Jazz" for that matter. Any die-hard Queen fan will tell you that the beauty behind what Queen does is the fact that they ... (read more)

Report this review (#70542) | Posted by silversaw | Sunday, February 26, 2006 | Review Permanlink

3 stars You know what I like of the reviews...Everybody can express their feelings on a records (good or bad) always supporting your point of view...Funny that I gave this 3 stars while others gave it 2 or 1 (someone could give 5 stars)...I would not say that is unfair, wrong, good or excellent, but i ... (read more)

Report this review (#41847) | Posted by Carlos | Saturday, August 6, 2005 | Review Permanlink

4 stars OK NOT all Queen records can be called "progressive". I don't mind about categories, Queen never cared about it too. They changed their sound, the 70's were over and if they still would have sounded like on "A day at the races" no-one would care about Queen anymore. So "The Game" is just ano ... (read more)

Report this review (#41090) | Posted by | Sunday, July 31, 2005 | Review Permanlink

2 stars actual rating- 1.5. This is the album where Queen started to be crappy pop junk. It has its (very few) ok moments, including the Opening semi title track, which features melodic Queen at its best. However the rest of the album is all pop junk, with a few alright moments. If you're expectin ... (read more)

Report this review (#41056) | Posted by | Sunday, July 31, 2005 | Review Permanlink

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