Sound — 8
This is probably Queens finest album. This is sadly the last album with the vocal talents of Freddie Mercury. The lyrics are first class and so is the music. A worth while buy.
Lyrics — 10
"It's A Beautiful Day" is a brilliant start, a nice short rock song with some heavy drums. "Made In Heaven". This new version is a nice rocked up version, quite a lively track. "Let Me Live" is a slightly older Queen track, written around 1989 for "The Miracle" album. They used Freddie's vocals and re-recorded their solo parts, and re-worked the music. A great song (originally percieved for a duet between Queen and Rod Stewart). "Mother Love" is the last song Freddie put his vocals on. This was possibly 2 months before he passed, and it is quite an emotional piece. So much so, that Freddie couldn't sing the final verse, and Brian sang it instead. "My Life Has Been Saved" is a re-worked version from a Queen b-side from "The Miracle" sessions. The lyrics also work with the theme of this album. "I Was Born To Love You" clerly shows the band having lots of fun. Just listen. "Heaven For Everyone", was originally a song for Roger Taylor's solo band "The Cross" and featured on their album "Shove It". The American version of this album has Roger Taylor on vocals, but the UK and European version has Freddie on vocals. Queen re-used these vocals and magnificently re-worked the backing track producing one of the best tracks on the album. "You Don't Fool Me" is a great John Deacon song. A pumping bass line, and a great 1min 30scnd guitar solo from Brian. Quality. "A Winter's Taleis the last song written by Freddie Mercury before he died. A Winter's Tale was written by a duck pond he often frequented when in Montreaux recording his last vocals. This song is very truthful and openly shows Freddie's state and the fact he just wants peace.
Overall Impression — 10
This album is certainly the most emotional ever recorded. It is absolutely beautiful and touching.