12 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

With an opening triumvirate of “We Will Rock You,” “We Are the Champions” and “Sheer Heart Attack,” News of the World remains one of Queen’s most successful albums and for good reason. The writing is nothing short of brilliant. The performances are so note-perfect that it’s impossible to imagine them being done any other way. But the album retains that consistency beyond those three infamous tunes. “All Dead, All Dead” is a nicely sedate Brian May pop song. “Sleeping On the Sidewalk,” the other May showcase, is a goof, a quick take on American blues. “Spread Your Wings” was yet another hit for the group, written by bassist John Deacon, the group’s often overlooked secret weapon. “Fight from the Inside,” written, sung and performed by drummer Roger Taylor, is a piece of bright funk. “Get Down, Make Love” has retained so much of its quirky firepower that it was a natural cover for Nine Inch Nails. Spanish guitar highlights “Who Needs You.” “It’s Late” is another solid Queen anthem. The 2011 Deluxe Edition adds two BBC Session recordings, two incendiary live tracks and an outtake of “Feelings, Feelings.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

With an opening triumvirate of “We Will Rock You,” “We Are the Champions” and “Sheer Heart Attack,” News of the World remains one of Queen’s most successful albums and for good reason. The writing is nothing short of brilliant. The performances are so note-perfect that it’s impossible to imagine them being done any other way. But the album retains that consistency beyond those three infamous tunes. “All Dead, All Dead” is a nicely sedate Brian May pop song. “Sleeping On the Sidewalk,” the other May showcase, is a goof, a quick take on American blues. “Spread Your Wings” was yet another hit for the group, written by bassist John Deacon, the group’s often overlooked secret weapon. “Fight from the Inside,” written, sung and performed by drummer Roger Taylor, is a piece of bright funk. “Get Down, Make Love” has retained so much of its quirky firepower that it was a natural cover for Nine Inch Nails. Spanish guitar highlights “Who Needs You.” “It’s Late” is another solid Queen anthem. The 2011 Deluxe Edition adds two BBC Session recordings, two incendiary live tracks and an outtake of “Feelings, Feelings.”

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