Thursday, February 5, 2009

Queen - Queen

7/10

Queen's debut isn't quite as good as some of the band's later output, but it's still pretty strong. "Keep Yourself Alive" gets things off to a great start, but some of the slower numbers drag a little. Brian May's guitar tone was extremely distinctive even at this early stage. Freddie's songs tend to be multi-parted and lean towards fantasy lyrics, while May's tend to be more compact and about more prosaic subjects. Roger Taylor's first songwriting effort, "Modern Times Rock 'n' Roll," is pretty bad, but fortunately, it's less that two minutes long.

All in all, this isn't the best place to start, but it's not bad by any stretch of the imagination; it's a bit more of a typical 70's hard rock album than what would follow.

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