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  • Vinyl (3 Jun. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B00J498T1U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 276,293 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Release Date: 19th April 2014

This release is exclusively produced for Record Store Day on 19th April 2014

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Format: Audio CD
Although some early reviews by fans are KILLING this album, the criticism is unjustified. Roger himself said this album was "eclectic." He wasn't lying. After a full listen or three, the normal themes involving love & relationships (Be With You, Sunny Day, Be My Gal), politics (Everything Is Broken), personal tragedy (Say It's Not True)- with Jeff Beck) have emerged. As for sound, this album has it all...straight ahead rock (One Night Stand, I Am The Drummer), Beatle-esque sounds (Smile), some pretty good saxophone (Fight Club), even some Jazzy Bossa Nova sounds (I Don't Care)...even PIANO...and THAT is what I love about Roger's solo albums. Vocally strong as usual while a gentle baladeer on others, this album has a mix of EVERYTHING...and something COMPLETELY different from anything he did with Queen. Something for every mood. At 62 years old, you can't expect Roger to belt out 13 straight rockers anymore. Enjoy it for what it is. Be happy he is still making music for us fans. The only clunker for me was Quality Street. Also, I didn't like this album version of The Unblinking Eye. The original was better yet still needs to be trimmed and re-mixed in my opinion. With that said, this is still a 4 Star Album for me out of a possible 5. Good job Roger.
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I have listened to FOE regulaly since its release and I still think that this is a good album but not Rogers best. Feedback has been mixed and people are entitled to their opinions but some have over-criticised this album at times. I sometimes wonder if some people had built themselves up into such a frenzy pre-release that they were expecting A Day At The Races or something.
Fun On Earth sounds to me like an experimental album; some of it works and some of it does not. I like that and that is why I like Roger's solo stuff - because he is always experimenting and trying something new.

IMO:
One Night Stand - A good, basic rocker.
Fight Club - I like this, very thought provoking and simple.
Be With You - Enjoyable ballard.
Quality Street - One of my fav's on the album - again quite simple but I like the way it builds up. I'd love to know where RT got his inspiration about this from.
I Don't Care - Reminds me of Freedom Train but could do with the drums being a bit heavier.
Sunny Day - Odd that this wasn't released as a physical single? Good song.
Be My Gal - Probably, for me, a weak spot on the album.
I am the Drummer - Musically good but lyrics leave a lot to be desired for me. Not one of my favs.
Small - Best track for me and certainly improved on the Q+PR Version. Very creative and I relate to this a lot.
Say It's Not True - More simplistic than Q+PR version but the guitar sounds much better on FOE. Not that Jeff Beck is any better than Brian but the way it has been recorded here highlights the solos so much better.
The Unblinking Eye - Single version is better and there was no need for an abridged version. The album has enough space for the full version. I am very happy that I bought the single when I did.
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Ok, it is not as upbeat as the last album (Electric Fire) but this album sure makes a satisfying impression anyway. I like the varied style, the fresh sound and the sheer mood it brings. My favorite songs on the album must be: Sunny Day, One Night Stand (love the louder/heavier riff), I'm a drummer, Small and Be With You (great piano at the end). You should really give it a chance, it might surprise you!
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Firstly I have been a Queen and RT fan for 25 years and am very disappointed with this album. I can honestly say that there are only a handful of songs that I will transfer onto my Ipod, the rest will probably just be dusted off in a few years time. The ones worth listening to being: Say it's not true, The unblinking eye, Small & Sunny day. Strangely enough only one of these (Sunny Day) being an original recording specifically for Fun on Earth, the others having been written a while back.

I am more than happy that he is making music but that doesn't mean it should be given a good rating because of fans being grateful. In my opinion the rest of the songs are just 'fillers', I am the drummer and Quality street are just awful songs and I wonder that if this album had been released by a new artist then would it have received any good reviews at all? I think fans need to look at this album with an 'unblinkered eye'. Would he have released this album if 'The Lot' wasn't also being showcased at the same time? I know Roger said the album is eclectic, but that doesn't give an excuse for what is pretty poor song writing - Eclectic doesn't always mean good. Where is the man who wrote such classics as Heaven for Everyone/These are the days of our Lives/A kind of Magic/Radio Gaga etc. Has he has been replaced by an artist that is willing to put out wonderful lyrics such as:

"I am the drummer in a rock and roll band
I am the drummer in a rock and roll band
I am the drummer in a rock and roll band
I am the drummer in a rock and roll band

I am the heart and soul - Yeah - I'm the man hey"

I saw Roger last week at the cross reunion and he was brilliant, full of energy and fun. A pity this couldn't have been emulated on the album.
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