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Unfashionably Brilliant Queen,
This review is from: Jazz (Audio CD)
Jazz came out during the peak of punk, and showed that Queen had lost none of the pomp and bombast of their early days. This album saw them once again ploughing their uniqie furrow across a broad range of styles from hard rock through jazz and rock'n'roll to acoustic ballads. Opening with the ludicrous but oddly wonderful Mustapha, it is Freddie who dominates, his vocals soaring over all the album's best moments such as the stunning single Don't Stop Me Now and the cheeky (no pun intended) Fat Bottomed Girls. Throughout he is ably assisted by guitarist Brian May, whose liquid playing on the heavier Dead on Time and Let Me Entertain You are also high points. This album has often been overlooked by the public, perhaps overshadowed by the punk phenomenon - but also maybe because the production sounds slightly tinny compared with other, fuller Queen releases. That doesn't, however, disguise the quality of songs such as In Only Seven days and Leaving Home Ain't Easy - the latter being one of May's best, more poignant Queen moments. It's fair to say that drummer Roger Taylor's contributions towards the end of the album are not his best, and thus a star deducted. But this is still a record to come back to time and time again for sheer variety, slick musicianship - and breathtaking confidence! Great fun, and for all budding musos out there - the best inner sleeve ever!