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Rated 5 out of 5 stars
A strong comeback!
Those expecting this to sound like Queen with Freddie need to prepare themselves. This is essentially a new band, and what a band!!
The opening track, Cosmos Rockin', is a throwback to 50s and 60s pure fun rock n' roll. A great album opener and surely a future great live track.
Time to Shine is a departure for the band with U2'ish guitar and a simply amazing vocal performance by Paul. One of the highlights of the album.
Still Burnin' is one of the weaker tracks on the album but is saved due to a fantastic guitar solo from Brian.
Small is the highlight of the album for me. A simple acoustic number that builds into a wonderful chorus and beautiful guitar solo from Brian.
Warboys started life as a Paul Rodgers solo track and finds a new lease of life here. The heaviest track on the album with a great military sounding drum beat.
We Believe is as close to Queen with Freddie as the album comes. A 6 minute epic that touches on what is wrong in the world.
Call Me is fun, lightweight and incredibly catchy. The guitar solo on this track sounds like it could have been from the A Night At The Opera days.
Voodoo is a bit of a departure for Brian & Roger. This is a very bluesy track, but is one of the best tracks on the album. It sounds very organic, and was probably just recorded in a couple of takes.
Some Things That Glitter is easily one of the best tracks that Brian has written in 20 years. With guitar that harks back to the 70s this is simply an outstanding track.
C-lebrity is the lead single and is an commentary on all those reality stars who want their 15 minutes of fame. A heavy guitar riff and catchy chorus make this an obvious choice for the first single.
Through The Night sounds very Bad Company'ish. One of the weaker tracks on the album but still a very enjoyable track.
Say It's Not True was originally recorded for Nelson Mandela's 46664 campaign. Featuring lead vocals from Roger, Brian and Paul this is a touching track that builds into an epic conclusion in true classic Queen style.
Surf's Up . . . School's Out ! is a pounding rocker in the vain of Headlong. Very Roger. Very cool.