Queen
Innuendo


4.0
excellent

Review

by Necrotica USER (194 Reviews)
October 9th, 2011 | 53 replies


Release Date: 1991 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Queen make one final legendary mark on the world of music... with astonishingly good results.

Chapter XIV: A Fitting Finale

Most bands can only stay in style after so long until the masses reach for the next "big" thing. There's a fine line to tread when being a recording artist, between critical acclaim and how the public will react to the music. Luckily, some artists don't seem to go out of style, and they transcend new trends and ideas. Queen, with the exception of some albums like Hot Space, had this luxury going for them, even going as far as being the 3rd highest-selling rock band in the world (just behind The Beatles and Led Zeppelin). After years of ups and downs, Innuendo is Queen's finale... their last triumph with Freddie Mercury.

One thing you immediately notice about the record when you fire it up is the 70's vibe it has. The band got out of the small rut they had in the 80's and decided to cater to fans of their old material. It was a good move; The band sound more excited than ever on this release despite Freddie Mercury's growing illness. Such excitement is present in the opening title track, a mini-epic seemingly about surviving and persevering through a world of changes. This song boldly defines the band's energy and creativity at work in the album; The track goes through all of Queen's old-school tempo changes, shifting styles, and sly pastiche, as well as a knack for bombast.

Also, when I say "shifting styles," I honestly MEAN it; there's a ridiculous amount of genres utilized on the album, most of them done well. Present are classic rock, heavy metal, opera, symphonic, latin, pop, some folk, and soft rock, among others. Freddie Mercury is suited very well to cater each style with his vocals, and the rest of the band follow suit. Much like the Beatles' last recorded (not last released, that's Let it Be) album, Abbey Road, Queen seem to be making a diverse but cohesive effort designed for the band to go out strong here.

On the heavy side of things, we have "Hitman," "Headlong," and "Ride the Wild Wind." "Hitman" is exceptionally heavy song with an extensive solo by Brian May. Needless to say, this track was certainly made for him, although the solo really wears the listener out due to being a bit self-indulgent. "Headlong" was one of the hit singles off the album, and has a very nice aggressive beginning riff. As with "Hitman," this track heavily features Brian May, although Freddie Mercury gets more input. Overall, the song is very polished, yet very strong. Then we have "Ride the Wild Wind," a very... different track. The band add a dose of speed metal here, yet the track doesn't really feel like "Stone Cold Crazy" off Sheer Heart Attack. This is bit more punk-influenced, along with having some interesting synth work in the background, which effectively supports and balances the guitar playing.

The softer end of things, on the other hand, is a bit of a mixed bag. One thing can be said here: The best ballad of the album is EASILY "Don't Try so Hard." It absolutely slays almost any ballad since 70's era Queen. For one thing, Freddie's voice is phenomenal in the track, specifically in the chorus, and especially for having his sickness by this time. The band does a great job of supporting the overall free atmosphere of the track, which is a beautiful one concerning working hard in life, but having time to admire the beauty and carefree moments all the same. Sadly, the other ballads don't exactly live up to it. "Delilah," an ode to Mercury's cat (What"!), is an overall bland an uninspired track that hardly brings up Queen's signature energy. "These are the Days of our Lives" is a good ballad, but is hampered by the same problem... a lack of energy. It sounds like a tired rehash of some of Queen's 80's ballads (with the exception of "Who Wants to Live Forever," of course), and just doesn't work very well overall.

There's one more song to note: "The Show Must Go On." This song is absolutely glorious; The pitch-perfect chorus, the lyrics about going on and doing your best until the very end, the great (sometimes in a subtle way) instrumental work... everything just works. The song embodies how well Queen could rock, could write, and could play.

Despite so many good aspects of the album, there are flaws nonetheless. One was mentioned earlier: a couple of the ballads. These songs, among some others, also bring about another flaw: some inconsistency in the album. Some of the album feels like a mix-mash of concepts, and an imbalanced one at that; I suppose that it might simply be the track placement that's the problem. Putting a track like "Delilah" in the very middle of the album seems like an odd decision, considering the band would probably want the listener to keep his/her attention on the album to the very end. Either way, consistency is the main flaw plaguing the album.

Even with the flaws though, Innuendo remains to be Queen's best "later" album, and remains a personal favorite of mine. Freddie Mercury wasn't ready to succumb to fate just yet; he had to make, with the band, one final mark on the world. If that was Queen's final mission, then it was a job well done.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Voivod
Staff Reviewer
October 9th 2011


8053 Comments


This was re-issued about a year ago, along with Queen's first five albums.

Another sick 70's rock record I haven't listened to...

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
October 9th 2011


8053 Comments


Yeah, that's what i meant as well.

TheNotrap
October 9th 2011


9418 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'll top the bill!

I'll overkill!

I have to find the will to carry on!

On with the,

On with the show!























THE SHOW MUST GO ON

Digging: Obliteration - Cenotaph Obscure

Ovrot
October 9th 2011


13303 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

When the outside temperature rises

And the meaning is oh so clear

One thousand and one yellow daffodils

Begin to dance in front of you - oh dear

Are they trying to tell you something?

You're missing that one final screw

You're simply not in the pink my dear

To be honest you haven't got a clue

I'm going slightly mad

I'm going slightly mad

It finally happened - happened

It finally happened - ooh oh

It finally happened - I'm slightly mad

Oh dear!

I'm one card short of a full deck

I'm not quite the shilling

One wave short of a shipwreck

I'm not at my usual top billing

I'm coming down with a fever

I'm really out to sea

This kettle is boiling over

I think I'm a banana tree

Oh dear, I'm going slightly mad

I'm going slightly mad

It finally happened, happened

It finally happened uh huh

It finally happened I'm slightly mad - oh dear!

I'm knitting with only one needle

Unravelling fast its true

I'm driving only three wheels these days

But my dear how about you?

I'm going slightly mad

I'm going slightly mad

It finally happened

It finally happened oh yes

It finally happened

I'm slightly mad!

Just very slightly mad!

And there you have it!

Necrotica
February 22nd 2013


10583 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

great stuff



P/

manosg
Staff Reviewer
February 23rd 2013


11339 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Probably their best since News Of The World.

gfdhicool
March 3rd 2013


96 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This needs more love :

Necrotica
March 3rd 2013


10583 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

totally forgot about this review until recently

Necrotica
March 3rd 2013


10583 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I really like the title track and Don't Try So Hard

gfdhicool
March 3rd 2013


96 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I can't listen to the show must go on without feeling sad haha x),it's like Freddie knew he was going to die so he gave it his all for this last Queen album.I hate how Brian May is using Freddie Mercury's death to get money :/ Oh well.

Necrotica
March 4th 2013


10583 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

^ Yeah, I feel the exact same way. It's sad knowing that song's the last stand of one of the greatest vocalists and showmen in music history

deslad
July 16th 2013


625 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Excellent album; I feel kind of emotional whenever I listen to it.

zakalwe
July 16th 2013


26036 Comments


I cry buckets cos it's shit

menawati
July 16th 2013


16587 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

so sad that the same people who did night at the opera ended up at this

MrSirLordGentleman
August 9th 2013


12052 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

lol I think this is the first time I disagree with you mena, I think this album is perfect

Necrotica
February 6th 2014


10583 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

album rules omg

emprorzurg
February 6th 2014


566 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

t/t is fucking weird, but awesome

manosg
Staff Reviewer
February 6th 2014


11339 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Definitely. Especially the break in the middle is incredible.



through the sorrow all through our splendor...

emprorzurg
February 6th 2014


566 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"You can be anything you want to be

Just turn yourself into anything you think that you could ever be

Be free with your tempo, be free, be free

Surrender your ego - be free, be free to yourself"



Weirdest, yet possibly best part of the song

MrSirLordGentleman
May 26th 2014


12052 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Unpopular but yeah, best Queen



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