Flash Gordon review by Queen

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  • Released: Jan 27, 1981
  • Sound: 6
  • Lyrics: 6
  • Overall Impression: 6
  • Reviewer's score: 6 Neat
  • Users' score: 5.8 (5 votes)
Queen: Flash Gordon

Sound — 6
This album is pretty bad. Yes, this is probably more horrible than Hot Space. The sound is what makes this album stand out. Though there are about two songs that actually have lyrics. This may be a soundtrack to the movie Flash Gordon, this is still pretty bad. The only hit on this album, and the only song that is good anyway, kicks in with the thumping heart-beat like drumming.

Lyrics — 6
While writing and recording The Game, Queen were asked by renowned movie director Dino de Laurentiis to provide the soundtrack for his upcoming sci-fi epic, Flash Gordon. The band accepted, and promptly began working on both albums simultaneously. Although at first many fans criticized Flash Gordon since it was issued as an official Queen release rather than a motion picture soundtrack, it has proven to be one of rock's better motion picture soundtracks over the years. The majority of the music is instrumental, with dialogue from the movie in place of Freddie Mercury's singing (only two tracks contain lyrics), but the songwriting is still unmistakably Queen. Highlights abound, such as "Football Fight," "Vultan's Theme (Attack of the Hawkmen)," "The Wedding March," and the heavy metal roar of "Battle Theme." But it was the two more conventional songs that were the album's two best tracks -- the anthemic U. K. Top Ten hit "Flash's Theme," and the woefully underrated rocker "The Hero." With Queen involved, Flash Gordon is certainly not your average, predictable soundtrack.

Overall Impression — 6
Though not the worst soundtrack, this doesn't compare to Queen's other soundtrack A Kind Of Magic for the movie Highlander. The most impressive songs on the album are Flash's Theme and The Hero. The thing I love about this album is that it's a soundtrack and not a real studio album. If it were to be stolen, I would most likely try to find out who stole it and take it back so that person doesn't have to listen to it. To major Queen fans, such as myself, you would be better off buying or renting the movie. If you really want to buy it, you can. I also recommend buying or renting Highlander.

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    Or getting it from the library LOL. Kicks in with the thumping heart-beat like drumming, eh? Kind of like Pink Floyd with Speak to Me?