One of the most fascinating things about Queen is their versatility: no two records sound alike. Of course, this is not good per se: they also have to be good records. As much as I love the band, I have to admit that not all their albums are masterpieces; but if I were to point out "Queen's top-three" albums, this would definitely be one of them (along with "Queen II" and, of course, "A night at the opera"). The reason is simple: apart of their better-known, classic/rhapsodic/operatic material (as one reviewer put it once), Queen was as powerful a band as there ever was, and "News of the world" is arguably the band's most straightforward rock'n'roll album. Songs like "We will rock you", "Sheer heart attack", and especially the breathtaking "It's late" show the band as loud as it gets. Brian May and Roger Taylor are responsible for the album's hardest songs, whereas John Deacon and Freddie Mercury wrote some of their most touching melodies: Deacon's "Who needs you", with its exquisit Latin flavor, and Freddie's heart-breaking "My melancholy blues" are among the band's crown jewels. And there's more to this record, which also includes the world-known "We are the champions" (a rock'n'roll equivalent to Beethoven's "Ode to Joy"), Brian May's "Sleeping on the sidewalk" (a very funny blues about a kid who tries to make it in the record business), Deacon's "Spread your wings" (a song that almost makes it into the "Greatest hits" album) and a Freddie Mercury extravaganza called "Get down, make love", despised by many Queen fans, but quite unfairly: it sure is no "Bohemian rhapsody", but it can turn on the heat on any party!