Sheer Heart Attack (studio album) by Queen

Sheer Heart Attack by Queen
Year: 1974
Overall rank: 575th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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79/100 (from 790 votes)
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Award Top 10 albums of 1974 (8th)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (139th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (575th)
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Queen Sheer Heart Attack Vinyl LP Record Album 1st Edition 1974 Killer Queen
Condition: Used

1974 QUEEN Sheer Heart Attack 7E-1026 LP Vinyl CTH Elektra Records Lyric Insert
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Queen : Sheer Heart Attack CD
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Sheer Heart Attack is ranked 2nd best out of 51 albums by Queen on

The best album by Queen is A Night At The Opera which is ranked number 101 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 13,360.

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79/100 (from 790 votes)
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From 01/17/2023 12:59
Not Queen's greatest album with the music being scattered and confused for the majority of the record but we do also get some of their greatest ever songs on here. Their previous work (Queen II) was so much more focused and cohesive in comparison to this which can feel like a mess at times. The genres are all over the place and the group seem to want to diversify into different styles quite frequently which is what led to their huge success with their big singles. In terms of an album though it leads to a messy album which has quite a few B sides but also some phenomenal stand out tracks. A few examples of these elite level songs would be Brighton Rock, Lily Of The Valley, Now I'm Here and obviously Killer Queen. The performances are also very strong from May and Mercury again with the two of them properly establishing themselves as a powerhouse duo in rock on this album. Overall, this is an easy album to enjoy and have a great time listening to but for me they have made better records that demonstrate their quality better.
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From 09/06/2022 17:18
Amazing. Personal favorite Queen album
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From 09/05/2022 15:37
Some good moment, but overall far from the best queen album imo.
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From 09/02/2022 22:00
Starts with a hiss and a roar. About half are really decent tracks. But I find half of this is also fluff that doesn't do anything for me.
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From 03/28/2022 20:57
Great album with amazing vocals and guitar work, highly underrated on this site I think. Beginning tracks are the best and it kinda lose it by the end, but overall it still stands strong.
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From 03/16/2022 07:18
The first side of this album is an absolute gem. All tracks score between 75-90 and very reminiscent of The Who's Quadrophenia. The opening three tracks Brighton Rock, Killer Queen and Tenement Funster is an incredible kick start to the album and my favourite tracks. If rating side A then 85 but the flip side disappoints and scores 60, yet still a big improvement over Queen II.
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From 08/03/2021 12:22
the genius theatrical dramatic sublime effervescent sexy and Killer Queen
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From 12/04/2020 18:36
Queens best
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From 12/03/2020 11:52
Their diversity is still there, but this is more balanced, consistent and accessible than "Queen II", so I view this as a marginally better album(still very close though). Overall, 70/100.
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From 11/24/2020 23:06
I'm a Queen fan because of albums like this, and this truly is an excellent album, jam packed with great tracks and hidden gems.
It starts with Brighton Rock, which recently had renewed interest due to the Baby Driver movie. It's a top notch track that shows off just how great Brian May's guitar playing really is.
That's followed up by Killer Queen. Little needs to be said about this one. Everyone knows it.
Then comes the three songs that blend into one another - Tenement Funster, Flick of the Wrist, and Lily of the Valley - which is truly amazing, and those three tracks are some of my favourite that Queen's ever done.
Now I'm Here is a great catchy rock number. What an excellent first side to an album.
Then side two starts with In the Lap of the Gods. I particularly love the way this track starts. A strong opener for side two. Then comes Stone Cold Crazy, the track Q magazine described as "thrash metal before the term was invented". It's a great fun heavy rocker. Dear Friends gives us something more melodic and mellow, before we get onto a Deacon track, Misfire. Which is a decent pop-rock song. Bring Back That Leroy Brown is an incredibly clever track. It really shows just how diverse Queen were. She Makes Me (Stormtrooper in Stilettos) is both haunting and wonderful. Such an underrated gem. And then the album finishes perfectly with the anthemic In the Lap of the Gods... Revisited. All in all one of my favourite albums ever. Brilliant album.
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