Cosmos Rocks (CD/DVD)
It is more years than I care to mention when I have woken up to the prospect of a new Queen album. The first listen is always a nervy experience, "Can it really be as good as the previous ones?".
Those nerves are trebled by this being the first studio album without Freddie.
Why did I worry? There will always be divided opinion but judged on the music alone what is not to love. Most of the Queen hallmarks are there, classic writing, layered vocals, eclectic moods and styles, riveting guitar work and of course Roger's drums.
What Paul brings to the party is a bluesy solidity which if I'm honest was slightly lacking in the poppier output in the last few albums. This is grittier and the better for it.
You can all carry on the debate over whether this should be a Queen album. I don't care! When three such talented musicians pump out something this good you could call it "Margaret Thatcher & William Shatner's Greatest Duets" and it will still be as good to listen to.