One of the
hardest things about looking at an album
retrospectively is trying to erase any
knowledge of the band in order to look upon
things with a new perspective. We all know
just what Queen went on to achieve, including
the track often heralded as the greatest piece
of rock music ever. But how good in isolation
are the earlier albums?
first Queen album set out the stall for the
shining future. There's plenty of the
trademark Mercury operatic-style vocals and
plenty of the sweeping Brian May guitars, but
this is still a work very much in progress
with the inimitable Queen style yet to kick in
but enough originality to make it worthwhile.
I wonder if
those listening at the time realised this was
the start of something special or felt it was
just a solid rock album from the chirpy
opening of "Keep Yourself Alive"
Elsewhere there's some whimsy and a slightly
embarrassing cod religious piece entitled
simply "Jesus." As they say from
small acorns mighty oaks grow.