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A sometimes misunderstood album,
This review is from: Hot Space (Audio CD)
Not a big commercial success nevertheless this record stands alongside Night at the Opera on the top tier of Queen albums.Queen made a string of mostly excellent LPs through the 70s and despite the odd nod to prevailing trends from '77 onwards Hot Space was the first to update things more completely into a new era though The Works represented something of a backwards step.
So the sound is different.The songs are leaner with straighter edges and share the same brittle production to other records at the time such as Bowie's more successful but less satisfactory Let's Dance and like that album it has more of a R&B influence though May's guitars help create more a hybrid.
There may have been unrest in the camp but Hot Space remains Queen's most intriguing release and their most complete statement since A Night at the Opera in
the mid 70s.
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Initial post: 27 Jun 2013 20:55:40 BDT
Totally agreed! Hot Space is my favourite Queen album, although not a 'Queen fan' per se i have some of their older 70s albums on vinyl like Jazz, Sheer Heart Attack and Queen II and i would put it up there with those. Queen have always been about experimentation and absorbing contemporary trends without plagiarising them. Hot Space in fact leads the way and is way ahead of its time as it weaves dance, soul, r&b, electronica and rock into a melting pot of sheer sonic seemless perfection. There are also some powerful ethical statements too as well as my fave Life Is Real which brings a tear to my eye every time i hear Freddie sing it tipping his hat to the late great John Lennon. Why people diss it amazes me. I guess they wanted a repetition of the same sound of their past recordings which is unfortunately what they delivered with The Works. I don't even care May said it was a 'misstep' because its pure genius to me and what better way to end it than another anthem with the great Freddie Bowie duet. Man we had it good then. Hot Space is a gift to anyone who LOVES REAL MUSIC.
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