Queen is my favorite band. They are diverse, fun, cheeky, melodic, excellent showmen, and are pioneers in the art of recording and songwriting.
"The Works" is simply an album from a band rebounding from a poor selling expirement viewed by some (not me) as awful. With this, we find Queen Coming back to what they did best; Over the top pop/rock that sounds effortless.
The album itself contains songs that have a hint to Queens early arraingments. What makes this album different from all of Queens albums is that there really isn't any diversity here at all (which is what distinguishes almost all Queen of albums). It's the basic Drums, bass, piano, layered guitars and vocals in a pop/rock setting. This is the reason that this album is so enjoyable is because of the overall 'feel' to the album... It basically is what it is...!
To me, the songs themselves are similar to their "A Day At The Races" album with the heavy melodies, harmonies, and rock/pop backdrop... but the production on the recording is very much 1984 with heavy slap-back on the final mixes. This is possibly what sets most listeners off..
The last reviewer said it best when he said That the album is not bad, but it's definately is a piece of work that when the mood strikes you for it, you'll listen to the whole thing and love it.
Check this out and see what you think. The melodies are great and it is definately something that you will like over time.
All The Best, The AndyMan ;o)