- Released: March 5, 1991
- Label: Hollywood Records
Q (Magazine) - p.119
"The album contained such anthemic fare as 'We Will Rock You' and 'We Are The Champions.'"
Uncut (magazine) - p.974 stars out of 5
-- "NEWS OF THE WORLD contains moments of jazzy melancholy..."
- 1.We Will Rock You
- 2.We Are The Champions
- 3.Sheer Heart Attack
- 4.All Dead, All Dead
- 5.Spread Your Wings
- 6.Fight From The Inside
- 7.Get Down, Make Love
- 8.Sleeping On The Sidewalk
- 9.Who Needs You
- 10.It's Late
- 11.My Melancholy Blues
Queen: Freddie Mercury (vocals, piano); Brian May (guitar, background vocals); John Deacon (bass); Roger Taylor (drums, background vocals).
Personnel: Brian May (vocals, guitar, banjo, keyboards, background vocals); Freddie Mercury (vocals, piano); Roger Taylor (vocals, drums, background vocals); John Deacon (guitar, bass guitar).
Audio Remasterer: Kevin Metcalfe.
In the tradition of 1975's A NIGHT AT THE OPERA, NEWS OF THE WORLD solidified Queen's position as '70s rock gods while expanding the group's vision through an eclectic batch of tunes. The album is primarily known for the anthemic medley "We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions," which would grace sporting events worldwide for decades to come. Like OPERA, though, there's more to this album than the blockbuster hit. The Roger Taylor-sung "Sheer Heart Attack" veers damn close to punk. "Get Down, Make Love" is a funky, vamp-driven number that merges "Whole Lotta Love"-style effects with a brazen sensuality that could make Prince blush.
Freddie Mercury indulges his cabaret fantasies with the supper club cha-cha of the Spanish guitar-laced "Who Needs You." Brian May sings the mournful, folkish piano ballad "All Dead, All Dead." Things get downright Cole Porter-ish on the jazzy torch song "My Melancholy Blues." Once again, Queen prove themselves to be capable of much more than the arena rock many take to be their stock in trade.