Monday, March 2, 2009

Queen - Made in Heaven

5/10

This is a posthumous release; Freddie recorded vocals for some Queen tracks to be released after his death, while some other tracks were originally solo tracks where the other band members recorded new backing tracks. As a result, there are a few seams visible in the production, but it's not as bad as one might expect. Fans of the Resident Evil games will recognize the song titles "Let Me Live" from Claire's jacket in Code Veronica X, and "Mother Love" from Billy's tattoo in Resident Evil 0. The first three songs are all pretty solid, but they're by far the best songs on the album. "Mother Love" is a bit too dreary for my tastes (especially because it has the last vocals Freddie ever recorded, and that he was to sick to record the last verse so Brian May filled in for him). Some other songs feel just like cast-offs, especially "My Life Has Been Saved" and "Heaven for Everyone". There are a few too many samples from the band's earlier work (I noticed clips from "A Kind of Magic," "Seven Seas of Rhye," and the call-and-repsonse from Live at Wembley). There's also a lengthy ambient track on the end which I liked, but I like Brian Eno's Thursday Afternoon a lot, so your mileage may vary. It's better than one might think an album like this would be, but it's still not great.

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