I grew up listening to Queen's greatest hits, but it was only when I grew up a bit and began listening outside of what I already knew that I began to find what I call musical 'gems'. The idea of a Freddie Mercury solo album always turned me off, because I thought it would be something like the campier parts of Queen but taken to the Nth degree. Essentially it is. I've grown to love those parts of Queen the most and hence I dig this album. However, one should bear in mind that this album is most definitely an acquired taste. The only instantly likeable song is 'Living on My Own', (and to musically-educated people, one might have noticed its many reincarnations by other artists); the other songs take a while to get used to, but eventually become well-loved. Most of the songs are great, with the worst being the title track, but don't expect to be able to win over your friends immediately, otherwise you might have a few awkward moments of sitting there saying 'This is the good bit...oh no, wait...yeah, this is it', and still being met with the stony-faced scepticism of your friends. If you want to recommend it to others, give them the album to listen to several times. You may find yourself listening the album a few times, too.
Overall, a corker, but certainly one that takes a while to get used to.