Wednesday, July 11, 2007

317. Queen - Sheer Heart Attack (1974)

Track Listing

1. Brighton Rock
2. Killer Queen
3. Tenement Funster
4. Flick Of The Wrist
5. Lily Of The Valley
6. Now I'm Here
7. In The Lap Of The Gods
8. Stone Cold Crazy
9. Dear Friends
10. Misfire
11. Bring Back That Leroy Brown
12. She Makes Me (Stormtrooper In Stilettos)
13. In The Lap Of The Gods...revisited


Really, I should direct you to the review of Queen II. Queen keep doing what they do best, a fun album which doesn't challenge anyone in anyway. It is really Bill and Ted music, but this is not necessarily a bad thing.

The only real stand out here is Killer Queen, a very fun track. This is not to say that the rest of the album is bad, because it never is bad or terrible. It is just a high level of kitsch.

So this is not as hard as Queen II, and not as riddled with Fantasy themes, but it is still silly, rocking fun. Nothing to write home about, but there is still more Queen to come, we'll see. Get it at Amazon UK or US.

Track Highlights

1. Killer Queen
2. Flick Of The Wrist
3. In The Lap Of The Gods
4. Now I'm Here

Final Grade



From Wikipedia:

Killer Queen" reached #2 in the British charts and provided Queen with their first US Top 20 hit peaking at #12 on the Billboard singles chart. Several songs from this album harken back to the earliest days of Queen and their predecessors Smile and Wreckage. "Brighton Rock" houses a guitar solo by Brian May, which began its life in the Smile song "Blag", then floated around in the live and BBC versions of the song "Son And Daughter", before finding its home in on the opening track here. The track begins with someone whistling the short melody "I do like to be beside the seaside", featured on "Seven Seas of Rhye", the last track from their previous album. "Stone Cold Crazy" was the first song credited to all four members of Queen but it had been played by Mercury's early band Wreckage. The original working title for "Tenement Funster" song was "Tin Dreams". "Misfire" is John Deacon's first composition to appear on a Queen album.

Killer Queen:


Anonymous said...

Yo, you forgot to put down Killer Queen as the second track on this; strange seeing how it's your favourite from the album.

Francisco Silva said...

You're absolutely right, edited post to fix that.