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  • ‘The Works’ kicks off with Roger Taylor’s addictive masterpiece, ‘Radio Ga Ga’, a nostalgic and catchy ode to the days before video. It’s followed by an average rocker by Brian May, ‘Tear It Up’. ‘It’s A Hard Life’ and ‘Man On The Prowl’ are both by Freddie Mercury, the former being a classic rock/pop hit, the latter echoing 1979’s Elvis-inspired ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’. The fifth track, a May/Taylor collaboration, is the sorely under-rated ‘Machines’. Great lyrics, great music. Next up we have John Deacon’s utterly brilliant ‘I Want To Break Free’. (Love the video…) ‘Keep Passing The Open Windows’ is Mercury again. Originally recorded for a movie project, it’s a high point of the album with stunning lyrics and a beautiful melody. ‘Hammer To Fall’ is another hard rock song by Brian May, completely surpassing his earlier contribution, and is – well, brilliant. The album ends with ‘Is This The World We Created…?’, another masterpiece, this time a thought-provoking collaboration between Mercury and May. Some of Queen’s best work is on this album, although bear in mind that this is coming from someone who prefers their late 80s/early 90s work to the earlier 70s stuff.

    Posted on February 1, 2010