QUEEN — A Day At The Races (review)

QUEEN — A Day At The Races album cover Album · 1976 · Hard Rock Buy this album from MMA partners
4/5 ·
Stephen
The first time I'm attracted to this album is because of 'Tie Your Mother Down' which was covered by Lynch Mob, a band of George Lynch after his departure from Dokken. I admit I never been a huge fan of Queen but this album is basically lovable with perhaps only couple of duds. Queen's original version of 'Tie' is excellent but I still prefer Mob's version because it's heavier and rougher. Both are awesome and different though.

The second biggest single, 'Somebody To Love', is classic, karaoke hit, and beautiful. Together with 'Take Your Breath Away' are the pinnacles of 'A Day At The Races'. This latter ballad, which was written and performed for the first time live by Mercury even before it's recorded, is an enchanting piano piece, the melodies are simple but haunting, this song is so great it chills me to the bone. 'Long Away' is a nice easy listening track with Brian May on vocal; 'The Millionaire Waltz' is acrobatic and complex and showcasing Mercury's difficult falsetto performance.

'You And I' is a poppish piano driven radio track, I love this one, and 'Good Old Fashioned Love' is a simple but effective track too. However there are two dreadful tracks here which was totally avoidable, 'White Man' and 'Drowse'. Brian May's tribute to Japanese fans, 'Teo Toriatte' is a tender song but very average, luckily it's the best among the three weakest tune.

I like this album a lot, I know some fans dislike it, but nevermind since I truly feel that it has loads of great songs inside. Great and enjoyable stuff!
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