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on 11 April 2000
It's hard to find bands in the history of rock and pop who can conjure up magic, energy, originality and charisma the way Queen did in their second album. From the very beginning 'Procession' and 'Father to Son' all throughout the album what we hear is a long medley of never-ending process of innovation and search. This is my favourite Queen album for several reasons. They showed a maturity that many rock bands lacked at the time, they demonstrated that they would never be in Led Zeppelin's shadow, as many people thought after their debut album had a similar approach to rock to that of the Zep and above all, they realised very soon that their talents as musicians were not limited to one instrument, but to various of them, plus writing. In the album Roger Taylor continues to be the rock'n'roll wonderkid of the band with a very powerful 'Loser in the End'. Brian May, a versatile musician, and probably one of the finest guitarists around the world, shows that his lyrics are as thoughtful as his guitar solos in the aformentioned 'From Father...' and as mellow and nice as his ballad 'Some Day One Day'. It's a pity that there are no John Deacon's songs but Freddie Mercury makes up for that void with a Side Dark that starts reverberating with an 'Ogre Battle' (I cannot believe they did not use synthesizers!), going on to 'Fairy Feller's Master's Stroke', full of enery and magic. A moment to think and reflect in 'Nevermore', one of the most beautiful songs Freddie ever wrote. The piano sings with a voice of its own. Then the masterpiece of the album arrives 'The March of the Black Queen' Majestic, self-imposing, arrogant but suave. Only Freddie could come up with this kind of sharp and fine piece of writing and musical arrangement. The antecedent of what 'Bohemian Rhapsody' would be. The song of the Millennium. After this magnificent song, time for some more reflection. There's a lot of truth in 'Funny How Love'. And the end couldn't be more perfect. 'Seven Seas of Rhye' is the conjunction of the whole album. Their next albums were all, in a way or another, five or four stars, even 'Hot Space', but this one continues to be, at least for me, the coming of age of the band that gave rock'n'roll a new meaning.
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