IndianRockStar, on september 03, 2007 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: The recording quality, especially on the remastered version is very good. Though Queen's sound wasn't fully developed, it actually helps the album in that Queen's music sounds distinctly different. Brian May didn't have 50 million delays going on, Roger Taylor's drumming is pretty out there compared to their later days, and John Deacon has a bass solo? Yeah, this is a very unique Queen album. Actually, about him, they put his name as Deacon John on the album. Obviously, he had it changed. This album covers many genres, like the typical Queen album, but I sense that it is a lot more gritty and heavy as apposed to other albums. They do standard classic rock, prog rock, southern rock, sabbath-esque rock, and hell even a bit of christian rock in "Jesus" and "Mad the Swine". // 8
Lyrics: Queen isn't known so much for their lyrics as they are known for their bombastic live shows, but the lyrics here are quirky, in a good way. They cover some odd subjects in this album. For example, the most known song from the album, "Keep Yourself Alive" is about how one should not aspire to anything great, which is somewhat funny, because all of these gentlemen were in college at the time. The music in all the songs compliments the lyrics well. If the lyrics are very powerful, other instruments cut out to bring the words to the forefront. If the lyrics are just about the rock n' roll life, then you have some blazing guitar work going on. And Freddie Mercury is his amazing self. Best singer ever. Fact. // 8
Overall Impression: Most people probably will not like this album as much as their hits like "A Night at the Opera" and "The Game," but this shows how Queen started out, and how they originally sounded like. Granted, Queen II is a better example of this in my opinion, but that doesn't mean you should pass over this album. I think "Liar", "Great King Rat (one of Queen's heaviest songs", and "Keep Yourself Alive" are the strongest tracks on the album. The only song that I think is a somewhat weak link is the Seven Seas of Rhye. It isn't nearly as catchy as the version on Queen II. If this was stolen, I would be torn between this and Queen II. But still, get this album. // 8
Hevoc, on january 16, 2004 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sound: 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. // 8
Lyrics: "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. // 10
Overall Impression: 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. // 8