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The Cosmos Rocks [CD]

Queen, Paul Rodgers Audio CD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (15 Sep 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,738 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Cosmos Rockin'
2. Time To Shine
3. Still Burnin'
4. Small
5. Warboys
6. We Believe
7. Call Me
8. Voodoo
9. Some Things That Glitter
10. C-lebrity
11. Through The Night
12. Say It's Not True
13. Surf's Up . . . School's Out!
14. small reprise

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The idea of Free/Bad Company frontman Paul Rodgers taking the place of Freddie Mercury for a new Queen album is an odd one indeed. Where Mercury was flamboyant and knowing, Rodgers--who toured with Brian May and Roger Taylor in 2005--is way more weighty and grizzled. The resultant album, The Cosmos Rocks, sounds literally like Queen's gregarious musicality has been filtered through the wide-holed sieve of Bad Company's own blues-rock schtick. That said, the soundtrack brims with multi-tracked guitar riffs and foams with layered vocal harmonies, and gets off to a rockin' start with "Cosmos Rockin'", a song that seems to be more a parody of, than a tribute to, one of the UK's most celebrated glam-rock bands. As the record moves through the soaring "Time to Shine", the bluesy "Still Burnin'" and the ballad "Small", it becomes clear that this is an album monumental only in its relative lack of imagination and meaningful lyrical content. It's buoyed sporadically by captivating ditties like "Call Me If You Need My Love" (vaguely reminiscent of "Crazy Little Thing Called Love") and the Freddie tribute "Some Things That Glitter", but these rarities are not quite enough to save The Cosmos Rocks from being an exercise in dire rock cliché. --Danny McKenna

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QUEEN The Cosmos Rocks (2008 Taiwanese issue 14-track CD album. dedicated to Freddie Mercury the album was recorded & mixed at Roger Taylors The Priory studio between November 2007 and August 2008 marking the first Queen studio album since 1995 and includes the single C-lebrity which is a comment on the celebrity driven times in which we live where the myriad of reality-based tv shows are producing a generation of C-lebrities featuring guest vocals by Taylor Hawkins [Foo Fighters] sealed with obi-strip)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still rocks. Mostly. 21 May 2009
By S. Robb
Format:Audio CD
Like most of the other reviewers, I am a fan of both Queen and Paul. I have to say I did expect this to be the new Queen and was surprised by what I heard - but not necessarily in a bad way. It does sound a bit dated, does cash in on the Queen name a bit, does have some cheesy cliches but.... if you were given this without any cd cover or no idea who it was.... you'd probably like it.

I think most people are jaundiced by the preconception of what they would like to hear and I personally think there are some good tracks on here. Don't get me wrong, there are a fair few distinctly average songs too. "C-lebrity" is a nice idea and commentary on the likes of Paris Hilton & co. "Call me" has a very Queen-like intro before launching into a very Paul Rodgers type song. "Say it's not true" I'd heard once or twice before from various live albums & events and it's a nice song so good to see a cleaned up studio version. "Surf's up" has some nice guitar work and definitely catches the mood of the title, although it's not really a catchy tune as such. The version of Del Shannon's "Runaway" is clearly the guys just enjoying themselves and is a good listen.

Overall, at times I found it hard to get my brain round hearing Paul Rodgers singing in front of Brian and Roger as they both stuck out as individual artists playing together so it's hard to think of them as a collective. Both sets have very distinct sounds and I don't personally feel it was a mixture, but rather a bit of both at the same time and slightly jarring. All in all, I liked the album and I'd say it's worth a listen. Don't expect it to be the best thing you've ever heard and enjoy it fo reach individual track rather than the branding it comes with.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than i thought it would be... 15 Sep 2008
Format:Audio CD
Ive been a Queen fan for 24 years and IMO Queen haven't produced a truly stunning record since News of The World. Granted, The Game and Jazz are very good records (but not truly stunning) and The Works and Innuendo have their moments. Overall though, the later output is patchy (Magic, Miracle, Heaven do not stand up to the 70's stuff). Thought i'd get that out of the way before i comment as I wanted to demonstrate that I do not view Queen's back catalogue as by any means flawless.

I have only heard The Cosmos Rocks once so far and i am pleasantly surprised. Roger and Brian and are on great form and the music is very good. The lyrics are a bit patchy and sometimes pretty sub standard but overlooking that (as i have on a lot of Queen's 80's output) it more than stands up to a lot of Queen's later stuff.

Paul Rogers voice isn't anywhere near as good as Freddie Mercury's but he puts in a competent shift and gets the best out of Brian and Roger. Deacon and Mercury are missed especially as the record doesn't have the eclectic mix of styles that Queen fans are used to - Rock and Blues are the order of the day here.

In summary, if you like the musicianship of Queen (well Brian and Roger but lets not get into that here...), there is a lot here for you to enjoy. If you can't look past the often sub-standard lyrics, you probably wont enjoy this record. If you can look past the lyrics and you don't mind Mr Rogers voice, there are lot of pleasant rewards awaiting you here.

It isn't Queen but it's a chance to hear 2 members of Queen strutting their stuff together once again and doing it very well indeed.

Also the production of this record is brilliant - crystal clear but not over produced - it sounds real.

Going to listen again right now (never thought i'd say that as I feared the worst for this record...)
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58 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A review from someone who has heard it 8 Sep 2008
Format:Audio CD
I receive a lot of promos, but this one had some weight on it - the first new Queen album since `Made In Heaven', and the first one to not feature iconic frontman, Freddie Mercury. A tall order... for some people, but not for the three talented musicians who've put together a belting record.
The first thing that you need to know is this is not an attempt to pick up where Queen left off - this is three musicians of extreme talent making a record after discovering they had a chemistry. Paul Rodgers, Brian May and Roger Taylor play everything on this record and all the songs are credited as a three way co-write - so don't be expecting `A Night At The Opera'. So, what should you expect?
First up, I thought perhaps Brian and Roger would handle some more of the lead vocals like on the old Queen records from the seventies, but not so - Paul sings lead on everything with the exception of `Say It's Not True' which is a souped up version of the acoustic tune that Roger Taylor sang lead on, which appeared on `Return Of The Champions'. The new version features each member singing a section each, and it far rockier than the original incarnation. Personally I prefer Roger's softer rendition, but this is still very cool.
`Cosmos Rockin'' kicks the album off and is a great party rocker, with an infectious rhythm and a great vocal from Paul. `Time to Shine' is moodier and leads on neatly to `Still Burnin''. `Small' is a breezy ballad superbly delivered by Rodgers, before things pick up again with `Warboys'. You may have heard Paul play this song on his `Live In Glasgow' release, but you haven't heard this version. Roger and Brian have really given it some power, much like they did with Freddie's `Made in Heaven' and `I Was Born To Love You' on the last Queen album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 18 days ago by Mr T. Haydon
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Published 26 days ago by Virgilijus
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Album
I first heard some of the songs on the concert in Ukraine and I loved them. I really like I believe and small and the only song I dislike is voodoo. Read more
Published 13 months ago by April Lady
1.0 out of 5 stars queen required
not the best boring well made not my cuppa much better with freddie i would recommend the works or made in heaven
Published 18 months ago by MikeD
5.0 out of 5 stars It certainly does * * * * *
This is fast becoming one of my favourite albums ever. Strong songs, great vocals, great drums, amazing guitars, excellent production. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Guy
2.0 out of 5 stars Queen as a Meat n' Two Veg Rock Band
Singers like Mick Jagger, Roger Daltrey & Robert Plant are all great frontmen, but are all cut from the same cloth, whereas Freddie Mercury was a completely unique talent. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Jimi jac
5.0 out of 5 stars Cosmos rocks and it does
Great collaberation between Queen & Paul Rodgers. As ever Queen on good form if you liked the live albumn that Queen & Paul Rodgers did you should like this
Published on 27 May 2012 by Roblx
4.0 out of 5 stars Glad I ignored the reviews
Most of the criticism of this album is that Paul Rodgers is not Freddy Mercury. Well good! Look, I hate to tell you this, but Mercury is dead. Read more
Published on 18 Mar 2012 by Robert Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Quen with Paull Rogers Cd
I was very surprised to find this cd, was never aware Paul Rogers had combined with Quen to produce this tribute to Freddie, an excellent album thoroughly enjoyed and so cheap,... Read more
Published on 10 Feb 2012 by tchalky
3.0 out of 5 stars made on the cheap
not a bad album to be honest with you its great to hear the queen sound in some new form apart from g,hits 1/2re,releasing a million times. Read more
Published on 5 Jan 2012 by S. Ditta
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