Sound — 10
This album has no boundaries, and you can tell that the band had no boundaries either, while recording. This album takes almost every style of music you can think of, Rock, Opera, Piano, Jazz, Blues, Hard Rock/Metal, and more - and put it into one album. And it is not rushed, either. The songs are well-paced, carefully structured pieces of work. The whole band collaborted during the recording process, and this is probably why this is such a diverse album. Mercury's vocal skills are only matched by his skills as a pianist, which is present in almost all the songs. He brings a classical style of piano playing, and blends it with the music. The guitar arrangements are well-structured harmonic-heavy passages. Not alot of the songs rely on the guitar all the way through, but when it does kick in - it sounds great. There is also that famous Queen bass, supplied by Deacon who is constantly pumping out great lines throughout the entire album. The drumming is stellar, and really keeps the pace and is the only thing close to a boundary on this album, keeping Freddie, Brian and Deacon all in line from going completley out-of-the-way. This is, by far, one of the most diverse, well-arranged, well-composed and creative classic rock album. Every member of Queen is a master at their trade.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics are also very diverse. They can be heavy, deep and emotional, or they can be fun, campy and humourus. The lyrics in 'Death on Two Legs' is a venemous stab, with spicy lyrics. Then there is the proceding track, 'Laxing On A Sunday Afternoon' which, lyrically and musically (it is backed by rag-time sounding piano and megaphone vocals) campy fun at it's best. Then there is something like the magnus opus 'Bohemian Rhapsody' which is completley off the wall. Muscially and lyrically, it is a masterpiece - and I commend Freddie Mercury. The lyrics in this one song range from serious, to sad, to campy, to rebellious. The music is the same way - it goes from sad, to campy, to hard-rocking. Freddie Mercury's delivery is excellent, as always. This man is possibly one of the greatest and most gifted singer of all times. His vocal range is incredible, and his style could never be duplicated. He is a master vocalist, lyricist and musician.
Overall Impression — 10
This is, by far, and aside from Greatest Hits releases, Queens best album. It combines styles from abroad and of all sorts, the music is killer, the lyrics and vocals are masterful, and it is just all out music at it's very best. Although every singe song on this album is completley excellent, these are the ones I think best: 'Death on Two Legs' with venemous lyrics and vocals, biting guitar and snapping bass. 'Laxing On A Sunday Afternoon' - pure fun. This is a great, campy, feel good song. 'You're My Best Friend' - this has some excellent vocal delivery and steallar musicianship. And of course, who can forget the classic 'Bohemian Rhapsody'! The classic-rock song of ages. This is muscially and lyrically perfect. In my eyes and ears, there is no flay with this album, and if it were ever stolen, I would buy the album 4 more times, beat the persong who stole it and cherish it for life. You must own this album if you have any self-respect, at all.