|1. Feelings, Feelings|
|2. Spread Your Wings|
|3. My Melancholy Blues|
|4. Sheer Heart Attack|
|5. We Will Rock You (Fast)|
The biggest indication of the strength of this album is the fact that it opens with the ferociously strong double opener of ‘We Will Rock You’ and ‘We Are The Champions’ yet still manages to maintain it’s high quality for the rest of it’s length. Next up is Roger Taylor’s ‘Sheer Heart Attack’, a very tough rock track which is basically Queen doing punk (amusingly the Sex Pistols were recording at the same studio around this time) complete with squealing feedback and some very choppy guitars from Roger. The complete opposite of this comes next with ‘All Dead, All Dead’, a very sombre and mournful piano-based ballad by Brian May, who also provides the lead vocals. John Deacon’s ‘Spread your Wings’ was a surprising non-hit single from the album, a great rock song with a powerful chorus it’s hard to see why this one didn’’t do well in the charts. Closing off the original A Side is ‘Fight From The Inside’, another Roger Taylor contribution, with Roger providing lead vocals as well as bluesy guitars and a funky distorted bass.
Freddie Mercury opens the second half with ‘Get Down, Make Love’, a sort of proto- version of such 80’s tracks as ‘Body Language’, though with no synthesisers it’s up to Brian May to provide some bizarre guitar FX, and there’s a nice a nice oriental feel behind the sleaziness. Brian May’s takes lead vocals on ‘Sleeping On the Sidewalk’, and if there is a slightly weak track on News of the World this is it – it’s not a bad song as such, but being a deliberately low-key 12-bar blues (sounding as though it was recorded live with no overdubs) it sounds more like a throwaway B-Side. John Deacon provides one of the albums highlights with ‘Who Needs You’, a beautiful calypso ballad with some fantastic finger-picked guitars. Next Brian provides the albums only epic track with ‘It’s Late’ – a real gem of a song and one of the bands best rock songs, presumably only its length prevented this from being a single. Finally Freddie closes the album with the tongue in cheek bar-room piano ballad ‘My Melancholy Blues’.
After the slightly below par A Day At The Races this was a massive return for Queen, and stands as one of their very best albums. Essential.
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