Music Review: Queen’s ‘A Day at the Races’

Queen's A Day at the Races

To an even greater extent than the songs on last year’s A Night at the Opera, the tunes on Queen‘s A Day at the Races fit neatly into two categories: the Led Zeppelin–like hard rockers and the layered, frequently a cappella vocal extravaganzas. The latter numbers, including “You Take My Breath Away” and “Somebody to Love,” continue to mark the group as a likable and distinctive band. Such perfunctory rockers as “Tie Your Mother Down,” on the other hand, will disappoint most anyone who remembers the first album’s “Liar” and “Keep Yourself Alive.” Conclusion: Queen is going downhill even as it improves, but this fifth LP showcases sufficient strength to keep me cheering.

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