|By Charlie Goodrich||Saturday, 6 Dec 2008|
Queen’s back… well kinda. No, Freddie Mercury has not risen from the dead to become Zombie Mercury. And no, bassist John Deacon has not come out of retirement to join his old mates. Instead you get two of the original members and someone who has been around for a long time. Brian May and Rodger Taylor return to play the guitar and drums respectively, and ex-Bad Company, Free, and the Firm vocalist Paul Rodgers joins them. Rodgers sang with May and Taylor before in 2005 when they teamed up to tour as Queen + Paul Rodgers. The trio claimed there was a natural chemistry between them so they decided to record an album of new material. The result is The Cosmos Rocks. While it certainly rocks you can’t call this Queen + insert name because this isn’t Queen. The power and resonance of Freddie Mercury’s voice is the keystone to this historic band. Without that power there is no Queen. This album proves that point. Even with fourteen songs, The Cosmos Rocks only produces two songs that I can imagine Freddie singing. The other twelve songs are by no means bad. The other essential element to a Queen album is the craftsmanship and rhythm of John Deacon’s bass. It is an underrated component but ask yourself, can you imagine “Another One Bites the Dust” without the bass (Deacon also wrote the song)? They are simply a hybrid of May’s echoing guitar, Taylor’s ego driven drums, and Rodgers soaring voice. http://spyappforcellphone.com/ This combination spy mobile phone formed a decent rock album that joins together the sound of Bad Company and Queen. It fits well with this fall’s musical theme: old bands returning (AC/DC, Guns N Roses, and Metallica). Rodgers’ voice dominates most of the album. This isn’t a negative per say, Rodgers’ just has a very distinct and powerful set of lungs. He has a bluesy style of singing that has distinguished him as one of rocks greatest singers. “Cosmos Rockin’” begins our trek into The Cosmos http://spyoncell-phone.com/ Rocks. The gang must phone spy app have been listening to Chuck Berry because the melody could easily fit into a classic Chuck Berry album from the 50’s. The lyrics are simplistic, but this is a fun way to being this album. Song number two, “Time to Shine”, slows the pace. Rodgers’ voice dominates this song as well. I was a bit let down by Brian May’s guitar work on this one. He could have been the one shining if he let loose on his guitar and unleashed a killer riff, but he chose to keep his guitar restrained. Luckily, May is the driving force behind “Still Burnin’”. This song grew on me after listening to it a few times. If you appreciate the guitar work of Brian May “Still Burnin’” is for you. The next song is more reminiscent of Queen. I can’t picture Freddie singing “Small”, but the acoustic guitar, steady beat provided by Taylor, and lyrics sound similar to Queen in the late 80’s or early 90’s. Following “Small” we have “Warboys”. This song could have been on the first Firm (the band featuring Rodgers and Jimmy Page) album. It doesn’t mesh well with the writing my personal statement rest of the album and kind of comes out of left field. I wasn’t impressed with “Warboys” but the chorus isn’t bad. “We Believe”, from the first line and keyboard note, was forged with the spirit of Freddie Mercury. This is the pinnacle of The Cosmos Rocks. May overlays his guitar to produce some really cool effects. The lyrics are pure Queen: I believe there’s just once chance in this world to hear our brothers You believe there’s a better way to listen to each other We don’t get what the other guy is saying We hear the words but we don’t understand So around the world the same old anger raging And we all cry for shame and the same old tragedy goes down Paul sings this song perfectly and honors Freddie with every note. Thankfully, the trio doesn’t falter with the next song either, “Call Me”. This is the other song that Freddie could have sung. Unlike “We Believe” which could have been on a late Queen album, “Call Me” could have fit on a mid to late 70’s or early 80’s album. The percussion and guitar really stand out on this track. They both possess a classic sound that reminds the listener how talented the men in Queen are. The rest of The Cosmos Rocks is formed around Paul Rodgers. He takes over the reigns and doesn’t let go. It is a fairly good rocker with cell phone spy software little that stands out. “C-lebrity” is cleverly written for the way it pokes fun of our celebrity fixation, “Voodoo” has a neat Santana-like riff, and “Small Reprise” is a perfect way to finish an album with its calm, soothing harmony and vocal work. I don’t know why this software spy phone for iphone album has taken the amount of flak it has but it’s unjust. No legacies are tarnished and the three musicians work well together. They don’t create a Queen album or a Bad Company album, and they didn’t need to. The past is just that. People will remember Queen as being a united foursome and Bad Company for emerging out of the ashes of Free. This is something different and it should be appreciated for being what it is. Overall, this turned out to be a fun rock and roll album, and everyone could find something they like here.