- Audio CD (June 19 2003)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: EMI Europe Generic
- ASIN: B00002507N
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
|1. One Vision|
|2. A Kind Of Magic|
|3. One Year Of Love|
|4. Pain Is So Close To Pleasure|
|5. Friends Will Be Friends|
|6. Who Wants To Live Forever|
|7. Gimme The Prize|
|8. Don't Lose Your Head|
|9. Princes Of The Universe|
|10. A Kind Of 'A Kind Of Magic'|
|11. Friends Will Be Friends Will Be Friends...|
Ironically, the first time I heard "A Kind Of Magic", I didn't like it. At all. But after listening to it a bit I gained an appreciation for it, and now consider it to be one of their better albums. It's not quite up there with most of their 70's material, but it's a step in the right direction and a good piece of work. Followed by "The Miracle", the superb "Innuendo", and "Made In Heaven".
My opinion on "Magic" is that I enjoy the tracks individually... But each of them sound so completely different (drastically in style/mixing-production) that it makes the 'album' itself hard to swallow. Though each song is unique and great on their own, they unfortunately do not flow well together throughout.
As a musician, I believe the reason is due to the use of 2 different producers which made for unconsistent mixing and recording techniques. With all of Queens albums, the way the tracks were recorded was what made their diversity flourish.
Here the songs are well written and catchy... with great hooks, great vocal parts, and great instrumental work. In a way, this album would have been more effective if it were divided into two EP's.. one for the soundtrack music, and another for the album-only tracks.
So I gave this album 3 stars. I enjoy the songs themselves but I really have to be in a specific mood to listen to the whole album.
Try it out and see what you think.. No matter what, you'll like the songs! ;o)
All the best, The AndyMan!