Sound — 7
This is Queen's first studio album with new singer Paul Rodgers and is quite different from other Queen albums. The first thing you notice about this album is that it is heavier and bluseyer (made up word) than other Queen records which can be attributed to Paul Rodgers' singing style. He does not try to copy Freddie but instead sings how he does, which works very well with the rest of Queen albeit only two members- there was no bass player on the album, Brian May played most of it and I think Paul did some too, the lack of bass player is noticeable because John Deacon bass lines were very prominent and catchy but there is none of that on this album. The opening track, 'Cosmos Rockin'' is a rock and roll, upbeat and lively song and some of the other songs are similar to this. You will not find the Queen of old on this, there almost no operatic backing vocals and many more hard riffs such as 'C-lebrity'. Most of the tracks are rather plain and forgettable and there are no tracks that will really stay around as classic Queen such as 'Bohemian Rhapsody' 'We Will Rock' etc. But then again this is not the old Queen. The standout tracks for me are 'Cosmos Rockin'', 'Small', 'C-lebrity' and 'Say it's not true. Overall the songs are pretty average with nothing particularly special.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics are full of Cliches: 'Rock and Roll will never die' and schools out' etc and most of the lyrics aren't great but Paul Rodgers sings them well so they can become quite strong with his voice combined with Brian's riffs. The lyrics are often fairly catchy though but they are not catchy enough for Queen. Paul Rodgers is no Freddie Mercury so he doesn't try to be and brings his own unique style to the band, which works well. It is much more of a rockier album than old Queen mainly because of the changes to suit Paul's voice. He sings with passion too and from the footage of seen of him live he has good stage presence so I think he is quite a good match for Queen. In 'Say It's not true' the whole band sing which works very well and contrasts with the rest of the album but is one of my favourite tracks because of the singing. I rate the lyrics 8 for good delivery and voice but not higher because of the cheesiness.
Overall Impression — 8
This is defiantly not a Queen album but a Queen+Paul Rodgers album- there is nothing like 'Bicycle Race' or 'Radio GaGa' but more along the lines of 'Fat Bottomed Girls and 'Tie Your Mother Down' which luckily two of my favourite Queen songs. I really like the rhythm of 'Cosmos Rockin''- it really gets your foot tapping and I love the riff of 'C-lebrity'. It is a blend of Paul Rodgers' bands (Free, Bad Company etc) and Queen. I really like some of the artwork on this album, it is all stars and planets and space- which could be down to Brian May's interest in Astronomy, which could also be where the name of the album came from. The only thing I really dislike is the lack of really memorable songs and more just 'nothing' tracks but that said I feel Paul Rodgers could be right for Queen. If it was stolen or lost I would not buy it again because I have it saved on iTunes and because I know all the good songs anyway. Overall I would say the album is good but not great.