"The Miracle" is an album that shows a more mature side of Queen than we have seen in the past. A very polished album, here we see them going back to a more american-ized sound which made for more pop/hook friendly melodies and basic sing-a-long lyrics/harmonies. However, they never lost their songwriting and flamboyant brilliance.
The album itself is more complete than the last two Queen releases (The Works, A Kind Of Magic) in that you can tell they really took time to make each track just right. Also, each track flows well into the next which makes the diversity in the album tolerable and enjoyable. Queen finally are playing as if they are comfortable with themselves.. writing and playing with a certain fun factor where they didn't have to prove anything to anyone anymore. They are were who they were, and if you don't like it, suck it!
Each tracks arraingements are strong, and the instrumentation is better and tighter than ever. The mixing and production is very clean and gives the whole aura of the album a 'mature' sound. The lyrics to these tracks are different to where they are all basic storyline lyrics... nothing too inspired other than by the premise of telling a make-believe story. Overall, it's a great pop/rock album full of diversity and great pop hooks
---Having said all that--- this was the first 'actual' Queen album I owned, and right away I loved it's diversity and coolness. Every road trip I take, it comes with me. It's fun to sing along to and definately inspires me as a songwriter in terms of melody and energy..
Try it with an open ear, and hopefully you'll enjoy it as much as I do!
All The Best, The AndyMan!