6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
An excellent album - possibly Queen's best,
This review is from: Sheer Heart Attack (Audio CD)
Usually when top 100 album surveys are conducted, Queen’s contribution is ‘A Night At The Opera’. While that is a fine album, whisper it quietly, but this one might be even better…
The album starts off strongly with ‘Brighton Rock’, famous for it’s Brian May guitar solo, as well as Freddie Mercury’s strange vocals. ‘Killer Queen’ needs no expanding upon, simply one of the best songs Queen ever did.
‘Tenement Funster’, while no masterpiece is the best song Roger Taylor had written thus far. Flick Of The Wrist foreshadows ‘Death On Two Legs on the next album, while it’s companion piece, ‘Lily Of The Valley’ offers some of the atmosphere found on ‘Nevermore’ from ‘Queen II’.
Side one of the old LP finishes with ‘Now I’m Here’. Side Two is where the fun really begins…
First up is 'In The Lap Of The Gods…' a gloriously over the top Mercury song that segues into Stone Cold Crazy, a fast and furious track credited to all four band members.
The tempo drops again for ‘Dear Friends’ a slight May ballad that seems to finish before it has even begun.
Similarly brief, ‘Misfire’ marks John Deacon’s full writing debut on a Queen album. A catchy acoustic track, that hints at what was to come from him in the future.
‘Bring Back That Leroy Brown’ is a wonderful ragtime pastiche by Mercury, and the sheer joie de vivre of the track shines through every second of it.
Having built up such a head of steam it is slightly disappointing that the band should spoil the mood by turning to May’s sombre ‘She Makes Me’. This choice is stranger still when confronted by the album closer, ‘In The Lap Of The Gods…(Revisited)’. A more over the top finale it would be hard to imagine, although Queen would have a good go at topping it in the future.
Overall, this is a fine Queen album and one that bears repeated listening.