Sound — 8
Lyrics are creative and distinctive...unlike anything else of that time. Still a little rough around the edges, this body of music was just a peak of what was to come. For a debut album, Outstanding and exciting.
Lyrics — 10
"Keep yourself alive" - catchy hard rock anthem and a stage favorite for years. Addictive guitar riff!! "Doing Allright" - Angelic voice and piano from Freddie during opening bars serve as ominous "quiet before the storm" passage as Brian May furisously roars in with axe attacks all over the place. "Great King Rat" - Heavy metal crunch with numerous themes and mother riffs. Heroic Mercury. "My Fairy King" - Art pop-rock. Dreamy listening sensation as piano sounds, drums and guitars effortlessly seem to melt together towards the end of the track. "Liar" - This is my favorite Queen song...period. A loud mixture of styles, but with feet solidly planted on heavy metal soil. This Is What Queen Was All About! "Night Comes Down" - This acoustic ballad kicks off and ends with eerie acoustic guitar runs. The ballad makes a nice balancing contrast to the otherwise loud album. "Modern Times Rock'N'Roll - This track is every bit as wild as "Sheer Heart Attack" on News of the World. Fast and furious. Great guitar solos. "Son And Daughter" - Led Zep like Heavy Blues tune with one of the finest guitar riffs in rock history "Jesus" - March like hard rock tribute to Christ. Fast instrumental mid section. "Seven Seas of Rhye" - A short prelude to the UK top 10 hit featured on Queen II.
Overall Impression — 8
This is undeniably the most underrated debut album in rock history. It is crisp and clean. This is a true masterpiece. No Queen fan should be w/out it.