- Released: September 5, 2011
- Originally Released: 2011
- Label: Island Uk
Q - 8/02, p.148Excellent - "...It is one of Queen's oddest, most poignant albums..."
- 2.I'm Going Slightly Mad
- 4.I Can't Live With You
- 5.Don't Try So Hard
- 6.Ride the Wild Wind
- 7.All God's People
- 8.These Are the Days of Our Lives
- 10.The Hitman
- 12.The Show Must Go On
Queen: Freddie Mercury (vocals, keyboards); Brian May (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Roger Taylor (vocals, keyboards, drums, percussion); John Deacon (bass, keyboards).
Recorded at Metropolis Studios, London, England and Mountain Studios, Montreaux, Switzerland.
Personnel: Brian May (vocals, guitars, keyboards); Roger Taylor (vocals, keyboards, drums, percussion); Freddie Mercury (vocals, keyboards); John Deacon (keyboards, bass guitar); David Richards (programming, computer).
Recording information: Metropolis Studios, London, UK; Mountain Studios, Montreux, Switzerland.
Illustrators: Grandville ; Angela Lumley.
Photographer: Simon Fowler .
INNUENDO would turn out to be Queen's swan song, as it was the last album released during vocalist Freddie Mercury's lifetime--he passed away several months after the album's release. Expanding on the successful back-to-basics sound of 1989's THE MIRACLE, INNUENDO was another solid outing. And like it's predecessor, it contains several tracks with lyrics that are clearly autobiographical for the band and especially Mercury, particularly "These Are the Days of Our Lives" and "The Show Must Go On," which deal with the topic of mortality.
Not all of INNUENDO deals with serious topics, however--"I'm Going Slightly Mad" and "Delilah" both contain humorous lyrics and were designed to be taken lightheartedly. The epic title track, which opens the album, is an instant Queen classic on first listen, built similarly in structure to past Queen classics "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "Somebody to Love." A pair of wonderful hard rockers, "The Hitman" and "Headlong" can be found on INNUENDO, as can a couple of lush ballads--"Don't Try So Hard" and "Bijou." Looking back, Queen went out on a definite high note with INNUENDO.
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