Freddie Mercury died the same year Innuendo
was released, and listening to the album comfirms that the band were sure this would be their last one. That means it creates a strange sensation - the atmosphere here is very heavy.
However, I still have loads of fun with Innuendo
- it's a very good record! If The Miracle
sounded too much like Queen trying to sound like Queen, this one feels
like Queen. There is less hit and miss here, less throwaway stuff, and more actual music. It's apparent that Queen had become comfortable with their status as a pop/rock band, and were able to write songs again without much effort.
At least, the first half of the album is great, and it doesn't really hurt that there's more keyboards and synthesizers, and less band work, as things get hot right from the start.
The title track is a slow plodding 'majestic' rocker that growls along accompanied by fake orchestras and pomp, but those vocal lines are something special. The chord changes are pretty strange too. But what matters is that Mercury seems to mean what he's singing - this is no 'waving your banner all over the place, singing we will rock you
crowd-pleasing stuff - rather, his cry of Yes, we'll keep on trying!
really sounds like a man at the end of his life, venting his victory call. So this is the real stuff.
"I'm Going Slightly Mad" presents Mercury's dark humour - something not seen often - and its whispery keyboard tones are quite fun too, and Deacon's bass runs sound quite weird. Another favourite of mine is the pop masterpiece "I Can't Live With You" - sure, it's just a generic rocker with a one-chord riff, but it's just so fun, so uplifting and so joyful, I can't resist it!
by Reviewer: Fernando Canto
(blogging at Sir Mustapha's Album Reviews [Defunct]