QUEEN II wasn’t as sucessful as A NIGHT AT THE OPERA and you won’t find any anthem like “We are the Champions” in it, but it is the best Queen album.They never sounded as authentic as in this album. Ok, the lyrics may be too naive for an adult to sing seriously, buy who cares? It’s only rock’n'roll, anyway. The arrangements are precious and the approach unique. Do you know any other band that would compose “The March of the Black Queen”, “Nevermore” or “White Queen”? They are 100% Queen.The highlight is “Father to Son”, an epic ballad that manages to contain somewhere in the middle the most devastating heavy riff of Queen’s career. “Ogre Battle” (in its own eccentric way) and Roger Taylor’s “The Loser in the End” (a more mainstream rock) deliver some of the best heavy rock in town. “The Fairy Feller’s…” is so exquisite but it is a splendid example of Mercury’s flamboyant talents. “Some day One Day” is such a lovely Brian May song, the gentle voice and the amazing guitar tones offering a moving number.The hit of the album was “Seven Seas of Rhye”, but more than any other Queen album, the second one was made to be heard as a whole. For those that like early seventies heavy-progressive rock or are curious to listen to the powerful Queen in its most radical moments, QUEEN II is a great option!