Queen - Hot Space

Hot Space

Produced by Queen and Mack (and David Bowie).
Cover Concept by Freddie

Hot and Spacey horns on ‘Staying Power’ by Arif Martin.

Recommended Songs : Action This Day, Las Palabras De Amor (The Words Of Love), Under Pressure

Review

Hot Space was termed ‘a mistake’ by Brian May, as Queen, failed in an effort to try a different style of music. Queen tried to do some funk, some R&B, but in reality they were becoming tired of the studio – hence a 2 year gap to the next album.

Queen had huge success with ‘Another one bites the Dust’ from the album ‘The Game‘ and tried styling this album from the same cast as that song. It resulted in a controvercial album being released, as well as many internal arguements about the content of the album.

When I first heard the album, I wasn’t impressed at all. ‘This is not Queen’, was my first thought. I remember reading a review of the album, and they said ‘ you’ll like Hot Space… eventually !’. It is very true – overall it is a weak album which is an attempt at Disco / Pop / Funk / R&B all in the one album – however the tracks ‘Action this Day ‘, ‘Life Is Real (Song For Lennon)’, ‘Las Palabras De Amor’ (my favourite on the album), and the hit ‘Under Pressure’ give the album a bit of quality in between the other tracks.

Did you know …. the track ‘Under Pressure’ was a result of an all night jamming session in Montreux, Switzerland after a few drinks and a bit of messing with riffs and tapes.

  • Overall Rating 71%
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