Queen
News of the World


4.5
superb

Review

by Brendan Schroer USER (182 Reviews)
October 8th, 2010 | 28 replies


Release Date: 1977 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Simply Excellent.

VI: The Great Arena Rock Wonder

Obviously people know by now that Queen's masterpiece (proclaimed by tons of fans) was A Night at the Opera. Fusing so many genres into one classic prog rock mixing pot and doing so well at it was just a stroke of genius. Of course then, Queen had to devise a proper follow-up to the record. Sadly, A Day at the Races did not live up to that name... In fact, it didn't even come very close. It was a bit too streamlined and poppy for many people's standards. However, with Queen's second chance, they recorded News of the World, one that would change their career.

It's not to say that News of the World is better than A Night at the Opera, but its explosion of genres definitely puts Queen at their prime once again like they were in that album. Sure, some songs don't exactly work, like the Latin rhythms of "Who Needs You" or the bland hard rock of Roger Taylor's "Fight from the Inside," but when things do work here, they are an absolute triumph.

The most popular and most recognizable songs are the two first ones, "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions." The former starts off with a very popular stomping beat combined with A capella vocals, before ending with a nice solo from Brian May. The latter focuses more on Freddie Mercury, whose piano and vocals are the forefront of the piece. It’s chorus is very inspiring and bombastic.

The other songs on this album are quite interesting. My personal favorite on the album is “All Dead, All Dead,” which has Brian May doing both vocals and piano work. The poetry that permeates the song is absolutely beautiful, as is the elegant piano. However, the three songs mentioned are not even close to the end of how many styles are present here. “Spread your Wings” is another amazing piece, and probably the best of Deacon’s works. This time Freddie takes the lead vocals, and definitely excels in doing so.

The heavier moments that offer a contrast are here as well. “Sheer Heart Attack,” Queen’s answer to punk rock (as well as an attack on it), is extremely heavy for the time it was released, and Freddie has more aggressive vocals to this one. However, traces of glam can also be heard in the chorus, almost reminiscent of Sweet. Also, the song “It’s Late” has the best (and some of the heaviest) fret work in the album. Freddie might be doing vocals, but Brian May is the star of the show on this one.

As for flaws on the album, there are few. However, two songs make you wonder just what Queen was trying to do. Those happen to be “Fight from the Inside” and “Who Needs You.” The former is another average hard rock song from Roger Taylor. Instead of being energertic, though, it decides to be a bland, low-riding rocker that just goes on for too long, and it’s simply directionless. The latter is an annoying Latin piece by Deacon that gets very boring, and it just doesn’t fit well with the other styles present.

The flaws aren’t too destructive to the album, however, and News of the World is still a triumph for Queen. Too band they never went back to it after Jazz.

Queen were:

Freddie Mercury: Vocals, piano
Brian May: Guitar, piano, vocals
John Deacon: Bass
Roger Taylor: Drums



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scissorlocked
October 8th 2010


3511 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good work man,the album is simply great



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Phideaux
October 8th 2010


1655 Comments


Not a bad review at all. Queen kicks ass.

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Dreamflight
October 8th 2010


1760 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review.

One of my fav Queen albums, "Its late" has to be one of the most underrated Queen songs IMO.

For some reason I've never enjoyed a Queen song sung by Roger.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 8th 2010


31401 Comments


Come back gblackman

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emprorzurg
October 26th 2013


522 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The only downside to this album is "Get Down, Make Love", which is on par with "Body Language" from Hot Space for the worst song ever

tempest--
October 26th 2013


14034 Comments


Spread Your Wings is the best song Deacon ever wrote

emprorzurg
October 26th 2013


522 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm so surprised that Spread Your Wings wasn't a major hit, it's possibly one of my favourite Queen songs

manosg
November 24th 2013


6315 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

22 years without Freddie Mercury. Dude was a legend but at least he showed all his potential before his death. This is the album that got me into the music of Queen.

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FourthReich
January 8th 2014


17969 Comments


get down











make love

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emprorzurg
January 9th 2014


522 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

^
One of the only 3 bad songs Queen ever did

manosg
January 9th 2014


6315 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's the Roger Taylor songs that bother me most of the times, never really liked his voice or his songs.

Necrotica
January 9th 2014


9893 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Get Down, Make Love is awesome

emprorzurg
January 9th 2014


522 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It's better live than it is on this album

emprorzurg
January 9th 2014


522 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

And Manosg, I think Roger's written some great stuff, such as "Fight From The Inside" which is on here as well

manosg
January 9th 2014


6315 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah he's also written Sheer Heart Attack which is also one of the first, if not the first, thrash song but I dunno man, I cannot stand his voice at all.

emprorzurg
January 9th 2014


522 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I dunno, I've always liked his gruff voice, there's a demo called "Dog With A Bone" which I love, it's a dirty blues rock piece where Roger sounds plain cool

You can find it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6PZmBFLPdU

Necrotica
January 12th 2014


9893 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

QUEEEEEEEEEEEEEERRRRR FART ATTACK

Queen-bumping day

manosg
January 12th 2014


6315 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

and what a great day it is. My Melancholy Blues is an underrated Queen gem.

MrSirLordGentleman
May 7th 2014


4590 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Omg manosg, you don't like Taylor? I'm in Love With My Car is like the best ANatO song

manosg
May 8th 2014


6315 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh man, I loathe that song hahaha! Best ANatO song for me is Prophet's Song probably. He has this raspy, Rod Stewart-ish thing going on with his voice, but not as good as Rod Stewart, which I don't dig much. Same goes for his writing abilities.



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