5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Still rocks. Mostly.,
This review is from: The Cosmos Rocks (Audio CD)Like most of the other reviewers, I am a fan of both Queen and Paul. I have to say I did expect this to be the new Queen and was surprised by what I heard - but not necessarily in a bad way. It does sound a bit dated, does cash in on the Queen name a bit, does have some cheesy cliches but.... if you were given this without any cd cover or no idea who it was.... you'd probably like it.
I think most people are jaundiced by the preconception of what they would like to hear and I personally think there are some good tracks on here. Don't get me wrong, there are a fair few distinctly average songs too. "C-lebrity" is a nice idea and commentary on the likes of Paris Hilton & co. "Call me" has a very Queen-like intro before launching into a very Paul Rodgers type song. "Say it's not true" I'd heard once or twice before from various live albums & events and it's a nice song so good to see a cleaned up studio version. "Surf's up" has some nice guitar work and definitely catches the mood of the title, although it's not really a catchy tune as such. The version of Del Shannon's "Runaway" is clearly the guys just enjoying themselves and is a good listen.
Overall, at times I found it hard to get my brain round hearing Paul Rodgers singing in front of Brian and Roger as they both stuck out as individual artists playing together so it's hard to think of them as a collective. Both sets have very distinct sounds and I don't personally feel it was a mixture, but rather a bit of both at the same time and slightly jarring. All in all, I liked the album and I'd say it's worth a listen. Don't expect it to be the best thing you've ever heard and enjoy it fo reach individual track rather than the branding it comes with.