This is easily the best album Queen ever did. Brian May's influence is obviously strong, as most songs have a hard rock edge, which was a welcome change after the funky Hot Space.
'The Works' is a suitable title for the album, since it contains pretty much every type of Queen song that they ever did. Radio Ga Ga is great pop, Tear It Up is hard rock, It's A Hard Life is a gentle ballad, Man On The Prowl is 50's bebop rock, Machines (Back To Humans) is a simply incredible original heavy rock song, I Want To Break Free is hilarious funky pop, Keep Passing The Open windows is a cross between ballad and rock, Hammer To Fall is nearly heavy metal, and Is This The World We Created... is a gentle single acoustic guitar, much like the live version of Love Of My Life.
However, this album is worth buying if only for one thing: Machines (Back To Humans) is by far the best Queen song ever done. Simply incredible. Buy it even if you don't want it!!