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I'm Going Slightly Mad
I Can't Live With You
Don't Try So Hard
Ride The Wild Wind
All God's People
These Are The Days
Of Our Lives
The Show Must Go On
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In what would be Queen's last studio album, 1991's Innuendo defines
Queen as a band that gives new name to the term Concept Album: Innuendo
is a Rock Opera, which is no strange concept to Queen; they just kept recording
great music to the very end, when lead singer Freddie Mercury died of AIDS,
later in the year.
The title track combines the Rock Opera theme, with a bit of a Opera-styled
atmosphere. Opera is no stranger to Freddie Mercury, as his
release featured his second solo album, Barcelona, with Opera singer
Montserrat Caballé. The Rock Opera concept returns with "I'm Going
Slighty Mad," a song that has great orchestration, having an almost baroque
sound, easily fitting the album cover's artwork illustrations (by Grandville
"Headlong" has a more common Rock sound for Queen, having a updated
1990s Rock approach, that would later define the decade. "I Can't Live
With You" however, has the reminiscents of the early years of Queen --
great rock music, and outstanding harmonies.
The Rock Opera concept returns with the beautiful tune, "Don't Try So
Hard," a ballad, mixed with powerful music, as best as Queen has done in
the past. "Ride The Wild Wind" may not be as energetic as previous
tunes, yet it does have the powerful music in general, Queen has always been
famous for. (This was the least favorite.)
The early years of Queen (Hard Rock/Theatrical Rock) returns with "All
God's People," a great tune for the fans who enjoy the heavier rock sound
of Queen's music. "These Are The Times Of Our Lives" is more pop, and
could pass as a good Adult Contemporary song. "Delilah" is another
pop number, with Mercury's unique and almost operatic voice, and excellent
guitar orchestration by Brian May.
Heavy Metal best describes "The Hitman." Once again, the
orchestration and the great guitar work of Brian May is featured on "Bijou,"
another great Rock Opera concept song, with full orchestration (guitar and
synthesizers [Brian May/John Deacon]). This one is a classic on the music alone!
"The Show Must Go On" is the last song, and it may have been haunting
at the time, because we knew that the end was near for Freddie Mercury, as his
appearance was showing ill health, and the rumors of him having AIDS. At first
denied, he later confirmed the rumors were true, and died two days later.
As the title states, "The Show Must Go On," where old and new fans of Queen
may not be hearing new material by Queen in the future, their music will always
be cherished and admired for generations to come. And Queen members and fans
alike, received their moment of glory, when Queen was inducted into the Rock
and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991.
Queen's music has always been exciting and powerful. Their instrumentation
was always fascinating -- using a full orchestration, and with Freddie Mercury's
unique and vibrant voice, this deadly combination produced some of the most
fantastic full-bodied pieces of music ever recorded. From their early years
of great songs as "Bohemian Rhapsody," the stomp-your-feet of "We
Will Rock You" and the beautiful ballads as "Somebody To Love" and
"We Are The Champions," Queen's royalty will always be superior.
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