Sound — 10
Same old pop/rock and hard rock but without the extravagant vocals that Queen made themselves famous for. Also introducing synthesizers into their music. Queen said hello to the '80s with a more raw but professional sound which landed themselves another global and commercial smash.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics are great and vary from subject. 01. Play The Game - a nice way to welcome the '80s and a great way to open the album. A big hit and a highlight of the album 4/5. 02. Dragon Attack - a great rocker that has a guitar solo, bass solo, and an amazing drum solo. The choir vocals sound great in the middle of the guitar solo. Great bassline 3/5. 03. Another One Bites The Dust - this song, written by John Deacon, needs no introduction! Everybody knows this song! The chorus is catchy, the bassline is fucking hard to get outta your head and the song is their biggest single to chart in the US. Groovy Bassline! 04. Need Your Loving Tonight - another great song written by John Deacon. I love the riff, the drums and the choir vocals during the chorus! Great highlight 4/5. 05. Crazy Little Thing Called Love - this catchy rockabilly number sounds like something you'd expect Elvis Presley to sing 4/5. 06. Rock It (Prime Jive) - a catchy song with vocals by Roger Taylor who introduces his version of a New Wave song. Not the best track on the album, but still good 3/5. 07. Don't Try Suicide - Queen brings a little humor to their music with this silly song. Groovy bassline and annoying guitar chords won't save this song. The lyrics send a good message but sound a little silly that will probably cause people not to take it seriously. The weakest track on the record. Pure filler 2/5 08. Sail Away Sweet Sister - a touching ballad about heartbreak with great vocals by Brian May and Freddie Mercury. The choir vocals are amazing and the guitars are cool! Another highlight 5/5. 09. Coming Soon - another groovy song with great drums and quirky lyrics, but another weak track off the album. This song is another piece of filler but better than the other bad tracks. Good vocals by Freddie and Roger 3/5. 10. Save Me - another touching ballad about heartbreak written by Brian May. The lyrics reflect on Brian May's diforce at the time. A great way to close the album 5/5.
Overall Impression — 10
It's Queen's strongest since "A Night At The Opera." The most impressive song on the album are "Sail Away Sweet Sister" and "Save Me." I love that Queen still stuck to their roots at times with this album. I hate that they incorporated synthesizers into their music. If it were stolen/lost, I would definately buy another copy. It is definately worth buying because it holds some of Queen's best hits and other gems.