|1. Staying Power|
|3. Back Chat|
|4. Body Language|
|5. Action This Day|
|6. Put Out The Fire|
|7. Life Is Real|
|8. Calling All Girls|
|9. Las Palabras De Amor|
|10. Cool Cat|
|11. Under Pressure - Queen/David Bowie|
|12. Body Language (1991 Bonus Remix By Susan Rogers)|
1. Hit play, and "Staying Power" sends a powerful subliminal message -- *you* have marathon-man stamina!
2. "Dancer" says, in so many breathy words, "Let's get physical, let's get animal!"
3. "Backchat" will have you putting on your boogie shoes, and taking *off* your ascot!!
4. And if you don't shake your groove thing by "Body Language," check your pulse and shotgun a Red Bull!!
Pre-programmed, the disc jumps to "Put out the Fire" (fierce), Cool Cat (meooow!), and that foreign song (for a TLC cool down, baby yeah!).
In short, this is not your older brother's Queen, to be cranked out of the squealing high rider as feathered clips blow from the rear view, and Sceeter's hanging out the sun roof raising a styrofoam can holder like the Statue of Liberty and doing air guitar to his "anthem."
Hot Space *is* a very special album, appreciated by men of distinction, with remote control light dimmers and wine from a real supermarket.
The Rolling Stones' Some Girls (1978) reflects, twists, and "bites" punk and disco. Queen reflects their times with Hot Space... but nothing of the times sounds like this. Queen hovers above the scene and creates something new. (New wave and disco - almost by definition - lack Mercury's warmth). If you like Hot Space, check out ABC's "Lexicon of Love." Rock on... I mean PARTY on!!
"Hot Space" should be appreciated for what it is and when it came out, and not compared to previous albums from completely different musical eras. That would be like comparing apples and oranges!
The baggers say it's a disco album released when disco was already over. I say: it's not even disco in the first place. No sign of the disco genre - hi-hats, pianos or bongos - will be found here. It's from the start of the 80's which was the New Wave, New Romantic period and saw the advent of such technology as synthesisers and drum machines. Taken in that context, this album is very up-to-the-moment.
The baggers say it doesn't sound like Queen. I say: if they kept releasing the same classic Queen songs over and over they would have become stale, irrelevant and formulaic. I think for a band to be truly great and earn our respect they have to be prepared to ignore the expectations and the critics, and that is exactly what they have done here.
They have been brave, and to my mind they have pulled it off well. Songs such as "Staying Power", "Dancer", "Back Chat", "Body Language" and "Cool Cat" are sexy as hell: pure Freddie Mercury. "Calling All Girls" is a great example of the musical style of the time, and a cool song too - and sounds more like a call for world peace than some shag-fest. "Action This Day" has some interesting ideas. If you're looking for classic Queen go for "Put Out The Fire", which is heavy on the drums, guitar and the harmonies. Actually it sounds almost identical to "Tear It Up" from "The Works".Read more ›
With Queen, it's this one.