Hello everyone! My name is Trish Kohut, and I am a lover of all things music. One of my favorite things about music is when you find an album where every song is amazing. Each piece of music contributes to an all-around great collection. I am starting a new series here to talk about my favorite albums track by track, and I’ll hopefully inspire you to check them out too. The first album I’ll talk about will be divided into two halves. So, here is part one of “A Night at the Opera” by Queen.
“Death on Two Legs (Dedicated To…)”
The album starts out with a rambunctious number written by Freddie Mercury and was dedicated to an old manager who he believed had mismanaged Queen in their early years. Mercury growls insults, while Brian May adds an eerie guitar riff that gets the blood pumping. To summarize this song, don’t cross Freddie Mercury. Period.
“Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon”
This upbeat little number, also written by Mercury, shows off the lead singer’s ability to play piano. The vocals also have an amplified touch that gives listeners a nostalgic feel. Add in a couple of zany sound effects, and you won’t want to do anything else on your Sundays besides listen to this track.
“I’m in Love with My Car”
One of the more unique tracks on the album, this song was written and sung by drummer Roger Taylor. The song was inspired by one of Queen’s roadies who, as you may be able to tell, was in love with his car. Taylor loved the track so much that he reportedly locked himself in a cupboard and refused to come out until Mercury agreed to let it be the B-side of “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Taylor won, and this track stays as one of the standouts on “A Night at the Opera.”
“You’re My Best Friend”
This song is a cute little number written by bassist John Deacon for his wife. The lyrical content presents love in the simplest of ways. This song was a top-10 hit for the group. Some standout lyrics include: “ooh you’re making me live,” “I’m happy at home,” and “you are my sunshine.” After hearing this song, you will want nothing more than to sing it to someone you truly care about.
“39” is one of my personal favorite Queen songs. It was written by May, and it details a story about time travel. The voyagers went to the future, but when they came back found out that so much time has passed that everyone who was important to them passed on. A departure from the ravenous rock ‘n’ roll that Queen was known for on their earlier albums, this song is sung by May and gives fans a feeling of nostalgia they didn’t even know they needed.
This was another track composed by May. “Sweet Lady” brings back Mercury’s growling vocals and May’s virtuoso guitar grit. There are multiple time changes throughout the number, which gives it a unique touch. Along with the cheesy lyric “You call me sweet like I’m some kind of cheese,” this is a hard-rock track that early fans love.
That’s all for this week’s edition of Eclectic Albums. Tune in next week for part 2 of “A Night at the Opera.” Also, if there are any albums you would like me to review, don’t hesitate to let me know. Keep rocking, Raiders!