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The big sticking point for any Queen fans will be 'Hot Space's original A-Side, where the band jumped onto the funk/disco genre with wild abandon. With 'Another One Bites The Dust' being such a big hit for them before Queen seem to have become temporarily disco obsessed, and the first 5 tracks are all based heavily around massive bass riffs. Where on 'The Game' the band had begun to use synthesisers they were mostly laid over the top of the normal Queen sound, but now the bass guitar is replaced by keyboards, the drums are replaced by drum machines and Brian May's signature guitar is cut back to a bare minimum. It's undoubtedly a shock, but for the most part the songs DO work, where the band may have overstepped the mark is in giving over an entire half of the album to this genre.Read more ›
The first for tracks (Staying Power,Dancer,Back Chat and Body Language) are mainly lively Discotec songs that would of first shocked any harder Queen fan.
Action this Day and Put out the Fire bring us back to the real rock motivated song that Queen produce so well as seen before in their last album The Game.
In this great mixture of an album two very heart felt songs Life is real(Song for Lennon) and The Words of Love involve us in deep emotion which most listerns may indentify too.
Then back to funk with Calling all Girls and Cool Cat but the grand Finale is one song that will live forever Under Pressure.
This song is the light at the end of the tunnel, Mercury and Bowie compliment each over so well and Deacon's bass line is pure genius. So is this album all bad.
No Not at all it just shows a groovy side to Queen and i think it has stood the test of time very well.
The rest of the album has a mix of songs that were a major departure but gave Queen the space to experiment with sounds that would later come together much stronger in "The Works" for example.
Oh, and what about "Under Pressure"??!!
The fact is that 80's and beyond albums such as The Game (1980) Flash (1981), , The Works (1984) and A Kind of Magic (1986) , do have some really great songs on them , but they also have a lot of mediocre and flat stuff , unlike the 70's albums which where absolute works of art complete in themselves.
Hot Space is the best Queen album of the 1980's but a far cry from the glorious rock opera/hard rock of the 1970-1976 period.
There was the transitional period of News of the World (1977), Jazz (1978) and The Game (1980), before the launch into disco music with Hot Space.
If you are a fan of 70's Queen thi9s takes some getting used to, but I have changed my mind about the album after a few more listens and decides it really rocks.
In this album, there are some really good songs:
Life Is Real: a beautiful piece dedicated to John Lennon, who had died less than 2 years before. The words of this song are poetic and do justice to the best of Queen.
Las Palabras de Amor (The Words of Love): This is the stuff Queen should have carried on doing, although the fashions at the time justified their move to the funky disco music, on most of this album. Queen's fantastic collaboration with David Bowie: Under Pressure - A great all-time classic.
There is the bluesy Cool Cat, the raunchy Body Language, the sexy Dancer
Staying Power, Calling All Girls, with it's high energy synthesis, have good lyrics and a nice beat.
Action This Day is full of energy and vigour, and then there is the sassy Backchat.
This is a good album, real good disco music, event though in my case, I love Queen's rock opera 70's music best.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Classic vinyl , brought to replace my original version lost somewhere along the line. Probably not the most famous of Queen albums, but great tracks with the No. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Peter Coleman
This is a beautiful piece of 1982 electronic dance pop, I don't know much about queen, and fan politics are meaningless to me. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Tropical Blue Sky Thinker
Not very well liked by lots of Queen fans I'm told. I realy like the funky/disco style music on this album - worth getting just for Body Language track.Published on 29 Jun. 2013 by sneggy paul
Although the price is somewhat eye watering, I had to see what the quality of my favourite Queen album was like in super audio. Read morePublished on 10 July 2012 by A. Connor
First off this album never got well received from fans around the world when first released because it detoured from Queen's usual rock releases. Read morePublished on 27 Jun. 2012 by AJ PESTRIDGE