Queen II



by Adapter USER (3 Reviews)
May 28th, 2007 | 31 replies

Release Date: 1974 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Queen is crazier than ever. And better than anything, ever.

Queen's second album was released in the early 1974 with the very imaginative name "Queen II". Okay, how much that tile might lack in imagination, the music on the album does not. Queen II is 45 minutes of sheer musical madness, that probably covers more styles that other bands does in entire careers and everything is so ridicolous and overblown it's just crazy.

The album opens up with a wierd little instrumental, "Procession". This is really just an intro to the next track, the ├╝ber-epic progressive stadium rocker "Father to Son", written by guitarist Brian May. Progressive because it suddenly turns away from all the happy sing-a-long chanting to some brutal heavy metal that was probably among the heaviest music ever recorded back in the days. After two minutes of this onslaught of musical chaos, it calms down to almost balladery for the rest of the song. Overall, the track is great and really shows you that Queen doesn't *** around.

More calm moments are to come after the ending of the suberb album opener. The next song is called White Queen and is also penned by Mr. May, and is so extremly beautiful. I can't find words for it, really... Okay, the lyrics is true crap at moments (So sad/Her eyes/As it began) but they chatch up and it turns into a heartfelt metal ballad of sort. It also got an almost symphonic middle-section, but in live performances and the alternative version recorded in the BBC studios (I got bootlegs...), the symphonic part is replaced by yet another piece of heavy metal. Overall, the track is very impressive and contains some of Queen's finest balladery ever. Far less impressive is the next song, the psychedelic ballad Some Day, One Day. The most interesting thing about this song is the triple solo guitars playing towards the end. Very elaborate and Queenish, altough the rest of the song is quite avarage. But the song is notable as it is the first song that Brian May sang lead vocals on.

Some Day One Day is followed by an out-of-place filler by Roger Taylor, "The Loser in the End". It features some hard rocking guitar work, and also features him on lead vocals. Nothing impressive though; I've never liked Roger's voice. This is the end of the first side (or white side, as it is called) of the album, a consistant piece of music with two real highlights in the start; the awesome epicness of Father to Son and the beautiful balladery of White Queen.

The second side (or black side) is entierly written by Mercury and consists out of Mercury kicking everybody in the world's ass when it comes to songwriting. It kicks of with the best song ever, Ogre Battle. This is a speedy, exciting metallic rocker with a poppish melody and brutal riffing. Also featured is the funniest lyrics ever, strange effects (the intro is actually the end of the song played in reverse) and excellent work by everyone in the band. Except of John Deacon's bass, which I can find distracting from the more than excellent guitar work. Sorry Deacy, but they should have mixed that bass down just a little bit.

Anyway, the best song ever is followed by two short tracks, the first got a long murdering title and is called "The Fairy-Feller's Master Stroke" and is some fine psychedelic rock with the usual crazy fantasy lyrics that was Mercury's almost trademark at this time (needless to say, Ogre Battle is about fantasy). Interestingly enough, the song is based on a painting and is the only Queen song with a harpsichord (or however it's spelled). It is followed by the short but amazingly beautiful ballad Nevermore, an underrated moment (it's just a minute long) that always chatch my attention and leaves me with a "goddamn, that was a nice ballad"-feeling.

It is followed by the most probably sickest piece of music ever, The March of the Black Queen. It is a almost seven minutes long progressive epic that switches genre and mood at least twice each minute. It got irrelevant fantasy lyrics revovling around some evil queen (or maybe even Freddie Mercury) that rules of all men and makes them do her bidding, while killing and ruling... Or something like that. Those lyrics are just so random and crazy, you'll do better by just ignoring them. Still, I wonder if it really is evil to not dot your I's"

After this piece of sheer crazy awesomeness comes the sole bad song on the album, the extremly corny pop parody Funny How Love Is. Ugh, this song is just so stupid. I know it's meant to be stupid, but still... I'm so sick of it I swear I'll kill myself if I hear Freddie wailing "Funny how love is [insert something stupid here]" again.

The albums picks up alot towards the last song, the piano driven, fast pop-rocker Seven Seas of Rhye. It was the only single released from the album and was a reasonable hit, and is probably the only moderatly known song on the album. Still, it kicks ass and got the same fun fantasy as everything else here.

So this album gets:
Production: 10/10 (Everything sounds perfect)
Ideas: 11/10 (It's crazy!)
Diversity: 9/10 (No ragtime, but that's the only flaw)
Guitar work: 11/10 (Brian May is god)
Bass work: 8/10 (Would have been higer, but, Ogre Battle is unforgivable)
Drums: 8/10 (Good but not perfect, sounds a bit strange in spots)
Vocals 11/10 (Freddie is god's god)
Artsyness: 9/10 (Sudden tempo changes, overall wierd sound)
Crazyness: 12/10 (Freddie got to release all of his crazyness here)
Heavyness: 10/10 (Some moments are pure brutal)

Total: 10/10

Song ratings:
Procession/Father to Son: 9,5/10
White Queen: 10/10
Some Day, One Day: 6,5/10
The Loser in the End: 6,5/10
Ogre Battle: 10/10
The Fairly Feller's Master-Stroke: 7,5/10
Nevermore: 10/10
The March of the Black Queen: 10/10
Funny How Love Is: 3/10
Seven Seas of Rhye: 9/10

Best song: Ogre Battle
Worst song: Funny How Love Is
Styles covered: Arena rock, progressive rock, heavy metal, balladery, psychedelia, hard rock, pop, glam rock, pop rock

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  • BenjoJames (4.5)
    Whilst not as commercially successful or as popular as many of their later efforts, Queen ...

    Necrotica (5)
    The first of Queen's two masterpieces....

    Patoivanfer (4.5)
    Queen delivers a brilliant album which explores the bands evolving sound...

    Darzot (4.5)
    Queen becoming Queen; a supreme effort representing all that Queen was in all its glory...

  • jamest33 (4.5)
    They're back, and crazier than ever....

    gblackman (2.5)
    Surely now the band will be less Zeppelin and try to adapt some of their own harmonies and...

    legspin (4)

Comments:Add a Comment 
Staff Reviewer
May 28th 2007


Great work for a first, and welcome. My only gripe, I suppose, would be the whole numerator > denominator fractions. That just seems... excessive... to me. But good job all the same!

May 28th 2007


Album Rating: 4.0

Great review man.

This is one of Queen's best no doubt, although A Night At The Opera, and Sheer Heart Attack may be a bit better. My fav. track is Father To Son.

May 29th 2007


Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks for the nice comments!

October 30th 2007


Great Review. This album is my favorite Queen album and I think it is a musical masterpiece. my favorite song from the album is " Nevermore " and I also really like " Father to Son". RIP Freddie Mercury.

October 31st 2007


Album Rating: 5.0

Jesus Christ March of the Black Queen is an amazing song.

February 24th 2008


Album Rating: 4.5

great review

fav songs: march of the black queen/white queen (as it began)/seven seas of rhye/funny how love is (really undderated song)

march of the black queen has some of the most random but honestly tatoos their pies and when do you become evil for not doting your i's

but funny how love is gets stuck in your head and then you want to scratch your eyes out

great album but has a few flaws so i can only give it a 4.5/5This Message Edited On 02.24.08

March 8th 2008


Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

As much as I love this album, I only really like a couple of songs from it. Namely, "Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke", "Nevermore", "The March of the Black Queen", "Funny How Love Is" and "Seven Seas of Rhye" - with "The March of the Black Queen" being my favourite from the album. Perhaps it's that I haven't listened to the remainder of the songs in loads of depth, but for now, I'll stick with these ones .

June 24th 2009


Nice review, I have yet to hear this, but it sounds really good.

January 27th 2010


Album Rating: 4.5

I love almost every song in this album. Nice review.

July 25th 2010


Album Rating: 4.0

Love this album, but hate the way they mixed it.

July 25th 2010


Album Rating: 4.5

Surely now the band will be less Zeppelin and try to adapt some of their own harmonies and structure that were the main strengths of their debut right?

July 25th 2010


Album Rating: 4.5

Listening right now. Album is amazing.

July 25th 2010


Album Rating: 4.5

best band ever

October 10th 2010


Album Rating: 4.5

My favorite Queen album. I agree with almost everything the reviewer says, except I have a fondness for "Funny How Love Is". I also like "Some Day, One Day" a lot as well, but maybe I'm biased 'cuz this album holds such a special place in my heart.

April 12th 2012


Album Rating: 4.5

The March of the Black Queen is so damn amazing.

April 12th 2012


Album Rating: 4.5

if not for Funny How Love Is, this would be a 5 for me

August 1st 2012


Album Rating: 5.0

"Funny How Love Is" is my only "but" to this record, but it's still a classic. How many bands were influenced by this? Ogre Battle and The March of the Black Queen are truly incredible songs...

August 18th 2012


Album Rating: 5.0

Awesome album, very underrated!

Staff Reviewer
October 18th 2012


Album Rating: 5.0

A sheer piece of art. This is how real artists should approach music. They push to the limits and as a result create something adventurous and original. Yes, it's flawed but it's a result of their experimentation.

October 18th 2012


Album Rating: 4.5

ye this is great, pity everything after day at the races is meh

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