Awesome Albums – Queen’s Innuendo

I love Queen. However, I’m a very picky music listener. Of their entire catalog, I only like two of their albums all the way through. A Night of the Opera of course is my favorite Queen album.

The second has a sadder story to it. As you probably already know, Freddie Mercury, their lead singer, died of AIDS. Despite being very private and hiding it from the public, we all knew he had it. And we all knew this would be their last album.

And what a way to go out. They released their second best album they’ve ever done. Solid all the way through.

Queen’s Innuendo (1991)

Queen's Innuendo (1991)

Queen’s Innuendo (1991)

One reason Queen was great was because they were risk takers. One reason Queen was drastically inconsistent was because they were risk takers. By taking risks, you get the really good and the really inconsistent. That said, the biggest risk takers get the biggest rewards. Everyone today knows who Queen is, unless you’ve been living in a cave.

The album starts off with the title track, which is my favorite Queen song since the Who Wants to Live Forever?. It features Steve Howe from Yes on Flamenco guitar in the middle section. I love this song because the melody is beautiful, and it takes plenty of risk. This time, the risks pay off as it’s quite epic.

My wife absolutely loves the song Delilah. And no, we’re not getting a fucking cat. Apparently, Freddie Mercury loved cats. More power to him as I definitely don’t.

My favorite song on the album though is The Show Must Go On. Yeah, we honored it in our debut album. A very different song indeed, but I got the title from Queen.

That song still hits me hard as more than anything, it’s tragic. You can hear in Mercury’s voice the sense of dread of his upcoming death. A sense of urgency.

It’s actually hard for me to write about this album. So much went wrong for me in 1991, and when I’m feeling too good, I’d put this on. Yeah, that won’t make any sense for non-creative types, but if you’re an artist, you know exactly what I’m talking about. You don’t exactly write the Blues after you’ve just quadrupled your Apple stock.

Legacy

Queen was already pretty fucking huge. So what was the legacy of Queen’s Innuendo? Well, it only hit #30 on the US Billboard charts. For a normal band, that’s pretty fucking awesome, but for Queen, far from their best.

It went on to only go Gold in the States. Why? I have no idea. Consumers have no taste?

I’ve always hated Rolling Stone magazine with a passion. Their entire staff needs a good punch in the face. And of course, they hated this album because they have no taste. After the fact of course, they’ll be all apologetic and change their minds. But I distinctly remember them just going off on how much they hated it.

As I’ve already said, Queen’s Innuendo is their second best and it’s solid all the way through. The band each wrote their share of songs with Mercury doing the most composing. Roger Taylor wrote Ride the Wild Wind which is one of my favorite songs on the album as it’s pretty inspirational in an otherwise stark album. But then again, I have some pretty stark associations with it.

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