News of the World by Queen

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News of the World by Queen
News of the World by Queen

Album Released: 1977

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1.We Will Rock You2:01
2.We Are The Champions3:00
3.Sheer Heart Attack3:24
4.All Dead, All Dead3:10
5.Spread Your Wings4:36
6.Fight From The Inside3:02
7.Get Down, Make Love3:51
8.Sleeping On The Sidewalk3:05
9.Who Needs You3:07
10.It's Late6:26
11.My Melancholy Blues3:33


A Day at the Races might've been a slight letdown compared to its big predecessor, but then this one is a big letdown compared to - well, compared to anything Queen had done so far.

Yes, this is the weakest Queen album up to this point, though I wouldn't say the album is bad as such, or that the band were 'losing it'. No, that's not the point. The problem is that the band seem to lose their focus a bit here, taking it easier on their 'operatic' side.

That means Mercury no longer leads the band - perhaps the idea was to make a more democratic album - after all, there are two John Deacon songs, two Roger Taylor songs, four Brian May songs and three Freddie Mercury songs. I'm not saying that's the bad thing about the album though - the bad thing is like I say, there's less focus here - the songs all go their own separate ways, and the result is kinda messy.

To begin with, the album starts with "We Will Rock You" and "We are the Champions" placed back-to-back. As a commercial move, that might've been wise, but I don't it as a good opening - firstly because I've always failed to see those two songs as part of the album, and secondly because I don't like "We Will Rock You". It's well-performed for sure (for the kind of song it is), but then I don't like that kind of song - especially when it's performed by the same guys who were performing "Seaside Rendezvous" two years previously.

And although "We are the Champions" is quite good (if the lyrics and 'purpose' were scrapped, there's a darned great melody), it's close to being a power ballad, and that gives me the creeps.

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

While A Night At the Opera / A Day At the Races might be Queen's crowning achievements, News of the World contains their two most widely-played songs of all time. In fact, the songs get played so freaking much that the general population might well not be aware they're by Queen.

I'm talking of course about "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions", two songs that get played in sporting arenas all the time. I don't even go to sporting events a whole lot, but even so I get sick of hearing those things, the former being a brutish *boom-boom-thwack* thing people do on the bleachers, and the latter a cheesy power-ballad to end all cheesy power-ballads.

Whilst I might be sick of hearing 'em all the time, I do technically 'like' them. After all, "We Will Rock You" features some incredibly enjoyable trashy vocals from Mercury and an equally trashy electric guitar performance from May. My only complaint is that the chorus is stupid. Still, Queen knew it had to be simple enough that thick/drunken sports fans could follow it, so they succeeded there with flying colors.

"We Are the Champions" is far more of a song, and Mercury sings about as intensely as he could muster. I'm reading on Wikipedia that scientists have recently determined - through the use of mathematics - that it's the catchiest song ever written. That doesn't seem right to me, but who am I to argue with science?

Believe it or not, there are actually other songs on this album besides those two! And some of them are even better than those monster classics.

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