Queen - A Night At The Opera

Queen were straining at the boundaries of hard rock and heavy metal on Sheer Heart Attack, but they broke down all the barricades on A Night at the Opera, a self-consciously ridiculous and overblown hard rock masterpiece. Using the multi-layered guitars of its predecessor as a foundation, A Night at the Opera encompasses metal ("Death on Two Legs," "Sweet Lady"), pop (the lovely, shimmering "You're My Best Friend"), campy British music hall ("Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon," "Seaside Rendezvous"), and mystical prog rock ("'39," "The Prophet's Song"), eventually bringing it all together on the pseudo-operatic "Bohemian Rhapsody." In short, it's a lot like Queen's own version of Led Zeppelin IV, but where Zep find dark menace in bombast, Queen celebrate their own pomposity. No one in the band takes anything too seriously, otherwise the arrangements wouldn't be as ludicrously exaggerated as they are. But the appeal -- and the influence -- of A Night at the Opera is in its detailed, meticulous productions. It's prog rock with a sense of humor as well as dynamics, and Queen never bettered their approach anywhere else. Rating=5 StarsAllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine 

Tracklist

A1 Death On Two Legs (Dedicated To ...)  
A2 Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon  
A3 I'm In Love With My Car  
A4 You're My Best Friend  
A5 '39  
A6 Sweet Lady  
A7 Seaside Rendezvous  
B1 The Prophet's Song  
B2 Love Of My Life  
B3 Good Company  
B4 Bohemian Rhapsody  
B5 God Save The Queen

 

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Brand Rock/Pop

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