Queen | A Night at the Opera | Retro Album Review
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The second album released by Queen, A Night at the Opera, carries very much of the experimental, unique style fans from all generations have come to expect and treasure from the band. The album most widely introduced their experimental, mixed-genre sound to the public in November 1975, rising quickly to the top spot on the UK Albums Chart and the fourth place on the US Billboard 200 in the weeks after its release and into 1976. It was Queen’s first platinum album in the US. In 1977, the album garnered two Grammy nominations, one for best voice arrangement and one for best pop vocal performance by a duo, group, or chorus.
The music itself is some of the most fun to have come from the band, varying widely in terms of length, overall sound, and volume.
While all the members of the band lent their voices to the tracks, Freddy Mercury’s vocals are just as impressive and versatile as they always were. His and the band’s talents combined with the classic use of instruments, emerging production techniques, and the experimental changes in genre mid-song helped Queen to earn its reputation as such an influential and generally interesting musical group.
Of course, the timeless single “Bohemian Rhapsody” is a must-listen. However, the album also features two largely underrated singles by Queen: “The Prophet’s Song” and “Seaside Rendezvous.”
A Night at the Opera is an ideal listen for those looking for more unique rock or music that doesn’t necessarily fit into only one genre as well as a fantastic introduction to the musical talents of Queen.