Rocks In The Attic #156: Queen – ‘Sheer Heart Attack’ (1974)

This album, Queen’s third, is where the band starts to sound interesting. The first two albums are far too lacking in melody for my liking, and seemed designed purely for early 1970s headbangers.

Killer Queen is a fantastic single and probably one of my favourite Queen tracks. For some reason, something clicks when Freddie Mercury writes songs in a style other than rock / heavy metal. Of course, this isn’t true of a lot of his material – some of it is truly awful – but most of their big singles throughout the ‘70s are timeless.

The album in general is a big leap forward from Queen and Queen II – although it only shows a few hints of the band’s knack for melody and their ability to write a universal pop song. That reputation was still to be established (…and subsequently destroyed).

Hit: Killer Queen

Hidden Gem: Now I’m Here

2 thoughts on “Rocks In The Attic #156: Queen – ‘Sheer Heart Attack’ (1974)

  1. Matthew Gibson

    They’re really hit and miss. As you say Killer Queen is a stonker, and they did so many great songs. But so many bad ones. Like 20% good and 80% bad. But the good isn’t just good, it’s some of the best music ever made, and the bad some of the worst.

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