A Night at the Opera by Queen

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A Night at the Opera by Queen
A Night at the Opera by Queen

Album Released: 1975

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1.Death On Two Legs (Dedicated To ...)3:43
2.Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon1:07
3.I'm In Love With My Car3:04
4.You're My Best Friend2:52
5.'393:30
6.Sweet Lady4:03
7.Seaside Rendezvous2:19
8.The Prophet's Song8:20
9.Love Of My Life3:38
10.Good Company3:23
11.Bohemian Rhapsody5:54
12.God Save The Queen1:15

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A Night at the Opera is widely regarded as Queen's best album, and I won't argue with that.

Not only is this the definitive Queen album, it's also a mandatory purchase for people who like Rock in general, much like ... well, much like Led Zeppelin's fourth album. However, I enjoy this much more than Led Zeppelin's fourth album, partly because I'm unable to enjoy any Led Zeppelin album in its entirety (except maybe the first one), while A Night at the Opera is delightful all the way through.

For starters, this is the album where Queen firmly established their style. They took the Sheer Heart Attack formula, polished and improved it, and added the big pomp element that's characteristic of their style. As a result, the material is strong, memorable, and filled with that unique Queen flavour that is distinguishible from miles away.

So it was predictable this album would be an absolute blast and a classic of sorts, though most of the album's success is of course due to "Bohemian Rhapsody". And no matter how much people say it's overplayed, it's a fantastic song, period! And since I'm not affected by songs being overplayed on the radio, and I have no problems praising "Stairway To Heaven", "Another Brick in the Wall Pt 2" and other songs of that kind, I can say I love "Bohemian Rhapsody" too. After all, who needs to be introduced to this song? From the rich vocal harmonies, to the main theme, the immaculate flow of the piano, to the operatic mid-section, and on into the finale, everybody knows this song, and it's useless to try and bash it. Is it overblown? Absolutely. Is it pompous? Totally. Is it self-important? Definitely. That's the point after all.

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by Reviewer: Fernando Canto (blogging at Sir Mustapha's Album Reviews [Defunct])


One of the better 70's records I've heard, anyone who's seen Wayne's World will be familiar with "Bohemian Rhapsody". And the excellent ballads "You're My Best Friend" and "Love of My Life" get well deserved radio airplay where I come from.

The remainder is equally diverse and top-notch, with few exceptions. "Death on Two Legs" and "Sweet Lady" are Hard Rock without being annoying (see Led Zeppelin at this period for examples of annoying). The music-hall type numbers, which remind me of the Kinks' "Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon" - "Seaside Rendezvous" and "Good Company" - benefit from the Queen harmonies and Mercury's vocal range, particularly "Seaside Rendezvous" with its superb lead vocals and vocal renditions of instruments.

If the best Mercury composition is "Bohemian Rhapsody", then May's is "'39" - that's one of the best kick-ass acoustic songs I've heard in a while. The only down moments are Taylor's "I'm in Love With My Car", which suffers from a slower tempo and his annoying voice, and "The Prophet's Song" which at 8+minutes is too long.

Otherwise, A Night at the Opera is a classic and deserves to be heard.

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This album is the doozie, and pretty much the whole reason people still remember Queen to this day. Oh sure, the band continued to have quite a large impact on pop culture beyond this album, but - had they not - they'd still be widely remembered to this day because of it.

What makes A Night at the Opera so special is the melodies and style. The melodies are so fantastic they're pretty much stuck in my brain for all eternity, and the style is dubbed 'opera-rock'. Whilst Queen weren't the first rock group to write mini-operettas (see Sparks), Queen were the first to do it with their own brand of stylishly campy charm.

That's not to say every song here is a mini-operetta, there's quite a variety. "You're My Best Friend" is a joyous and optimistic piano ballad; "Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon" is a brilliant bit of Kinks-inspired Britpop; "I'm in Love With My Car" is a tongue-in-cheek hard rocker about man's love of cars, with a suitably gruff vocal performance from Taylor.

The album opener, "Death on Two Legs", is especially explosive with angry lyrics and a perfectly seething vocal performance from Mercury. The song is also a fine example of piano-based theater-rock, and I'm not sure if there are many more out there that are quite so pissy.

"Bohemian Rhapsody" is one of the most beloved songs ever written, and since it's a fairly complex piece of operatic rock with some Classical sensibilities (and quite a lot of camp thrown in for good measure), it's surprising how so many people have embraced it. What I like about it is how it starts off as an overly dramatic piano ballad with memorably intense albeit meaningless lyrics, which would've worked great as a song by itself, but then it escalates into a maniacal, occasionally acappella operatic interlude with plenty of silly ultra-high-pitched singing.

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by Reviewer: Don Ignacio (blogging at Don Ignacio's Album Reviews)