Sound — 10
"Queen, Gratest Hits I" just the title of the album insures you great music. The albums starts out with their greatest song of all time "Bohemian Rhapsody". The variation of that song is increadable, and it really shows the composeing ability of the band. It's sound amazing and it sets the standar of the album. The variation are fabulous through the intire album. From opera similar stuff to pure Rock 'N Roll.The rythm section with John Deacon and Roger Taylor is catchy all the way. And Brian May's riffs aren't less cathier, some of the riffs are stuck in Rock history for ever, and May shows both great feeling and great pace at the guitar. And Freddie Mercury's piano play isn't bath either, in fact it's rather good, altough his range are little minus. But who bothers when the melodies and the sound is perfect.
Lyrics — 10
Freddie Mercury's lyrics is just outstanding. He is showing his feelings and emotions in every sentence. And it's undertandable for everybody. But he's also hiding the content, so you have to "read between the lines". It changes from very serious lyrics to lyrics with much humor and joy. The singing skills of Freddie Mercury has no word to describe how good he was. He never hits a note wrong, and he can sing in the fastest tempo without drawing for air. His voice suits to any genre in the world! Opera, glam, pop, metal, rock'n roll. Everything! The greatest rock and pop vocalist that has ever been!
Overall Impression — 10
You have greater expectations of a Gratest Hits album. But that is not a problem for a band like Queen, wich never has made a bad song. One word to describe this album. Perfect! The lyrics, variation, melody and vocals are just perfect. The instrumental is not the hardest to play, but it's perfect anyway, it's catchy and it is played with feeling and it suits Freddie perfect.