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4.0 out of 5 stars
He still isn't "Old, Rich and Useless...", 16 Nov. 2013
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.