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Queen + Paul Rodgers' debut album is fantastic!,
This review is from: The Cosmos Rocks (Audio CD)
I have to admit I was a little bit unsure about this album when I bought it. I'd heard people say that Queen with Paul Rodgers aren't a patch on Queen with Freddie Mercury, Rodgers is no Mercury etc. etc.
Well the point is that this 'Queen' is just really a collective name that Brian May and Roger Taylor are now using.
Some people don't seem to grasp that this not just QUEEN!
The remainder of Queen are now Brian May and Roger Taylor. They've linked up with Paul Rodgers, hence the new name of 'Queen + Paul Rodgers'. NOT 'Queen' with an inlay card saying: "Queen are Paul Rodgers, Brian May and Roger Taylor".
They added + PAUL RODGERS to differentiate themselves from their former days. And kept QUEEN, not just because it sells (as some people point out) but also so that people can still relate to the two remaining members and their old band.
Anyway, I've now listened to this album twice and I have to say that it is absolutely outstanding. This is no longer the pop/rock that the old Queen was famous for, but a heavier rock sound more akin to Brian May's solo material, albiet much stronger!
As I heard each track, the first thing that struck me was the band weren't trying to rehash old material or trying to duplicate Mercury era Queen. Therefore, this album is nothing like you'd expect, but a real pleasent suprise at how new and fresh it sounds.
Paul Rodgers is no replacement for Freddie Mercury, but I don't think he was ever supposed to be. Like a previous reviewer said, "the first thing that you need to know is this is not an attempt to pick up where Queen left off - this is three musicians of extreme talent making a record after discovering they had a chemistry."
This album features 14 newly written tracks by May/Taylor/Rodgers. The songs 'We Believe', 'Through The Night' and 'Say It's Not True' are worth the price of the whole album alone, I kid you not!!
I've yet to hear Paul Rodgers sing back catalogue Queen songs (I bought the version with the bonus DVD), but I think he'll do a good job. This is the part where huge Queen fans, like myself, can comment on Rodgers standing in for Mercury. But not on an album featuring new material Rodgers co-wrote, and was released 17 years after Freddie Mercury had passed away.
So if like me and you're a huge Queen fan, then please give this album a chance and ignore all the moaners who will unfairly give this a 1 star rating.
At best you'll find it an excellent debut album of a new band. At worst you might say "not a patch on the other Queen, but still a great album and well worth the money.