A Day At The Races (studio album) by Queen
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The best album by Queen is A Night At The Opera which is ranked number 98 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 14,055.
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For a band portrayed as rock I was unaware of just how much focus was on piano led tracks until getting this. Couple of fantastic songs but overall too many piano led ballads with harmonies for my liking.
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Yet again, some great songs but too much of the album is filler. Highlights are Teo Torriate and Somebody To Love. There's not too much else to shout about unfortunately.
I do love Queen and enjoy the odd mix of songs that they throw into their albums but those wee dafties also stop the individuals albums from excelling. Think what a single album you could have gotten from this and A Night At The Opera combined without the dafties? Somebody To Love the standout here for me.
My favorite Queen album because to me it's the most consistent (A Night At The Opera has in my opinion more filler) and of course also because it has my favorite Queen track: Somebody To Love. It's theatrical as hell but I adore this song. And next to this there's of course also Tie Your Mother Down. Some of the tracks are coming close to vaudeville theatre (The Millionaire Waltz, Good Old Fashion Lover Boy) but they also stay on the right side of the schmalz, something that would become their downside on their later records.
I found this to be Queen's weakest album up to that point. Still a consistently good album though.
A Night At The Opera was a difficult act to follow, and Queen returned with the more direct and less ambitious A Day At The Races.
Often compared to A Night At The Opera, but stands up just fine on its own. An excellent album.
Overall I find it way more consistent than ANATO. Ok Bohemian and Best Friend could be way better than the best songs here but IMO the lesser tracks here are still good and enjoyable while there were not.
A less pretensious work but I think this one is the most listeneable from start to finish Queen album in the catalog.
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