Jazz (1978) is seventh album by Queen and their last of the decade.
I just don't see why so many people bash this album? So maybe this isn't quite "ANATO" or "ADATR" or "II", but nevertheless a solid, good, coherent album by Queen. Filled mostly with upbeat songs, Queen is having pure fun.
Mustapha: Our attention is grabbed right from the start. Freddie sings in several languages, but that doesn't stop us from singing along. An uptempo song, it probably keeps playing in your head for the rest of the day.
Fat Bottomed Girls: This version of the song might surprise those who are used to the single one. The song to dance to. I always connect this to Bicycle Race.
Jealousy: Time to cool things down. A Beautiful, genuine ballad about...jealousy. Nice to have a song about this feeling too.
Bicycle Race: When my mom first heard this, she said "Strange music." Well, it isn't structured like usual songs, but I like that. Fun lyrics, and the bikebell -solopart in the middle either is to your liking or not.
If You Can't Beat Them: John Deacon's first contribute on this album. A positive song.
Let Me Entertain You: No, this isn't the Robbie Williams -song. A rockier Freddie-song. Fun.
Dead On Time: Another rocker, this time by Brian. Thunderbolt in the end "courtesy of God" like we are informed on the liner notes.
In Only Seven Days: John's holiday romance -song, simply beautiful both melodically and lyrically.
Dreamer's Ball: This is song is by Brian, not by Freddie as the style of this might let you believe. Tongue in cheek.
Fun It: Roger provides vocals (along with Freddie, I enjoy these duets) to his first song for this album. Roger-songs here seem the reason people often dislike the whole album, but I find for example this song...quite listenable and fun.
Leaving Home Isn't Easy: Brian sings, at last. His vocals are as gentle as ever, and so is this beauty of a song, too.
Don't Stop Me Now: My favourite on this album. Upbeat, this song just commands you to dance along.
More Of That Jazz: This Roger-piece contains bits from other songs on this album. Roger sings as raspy and raunchy as ever. I quite like this, but I can see that some may find this just irritating. Fun lyrics, though, even if the melody-structure doesen't offer any surprices.
So. Keep your ears open and listen to this for sheer fun. This is good and well worth adding to your collection as a Queen-fan.
Although the album doesn't provide us any jazz...
...this is RECOMMENDED with a jazzy heart!