Queen II was a breakthrough in terms of power and ambition, but Queen's third album Sheer Heart Attack was where the band started to gel. It followed quickly on the heels of the second record -- just by a matter of months; it was the second album they released in 1974 -- but it feels like it had a longer incubation period, so great is the progress here. Which isn't quite to say that Sheer Heart Attack is flawless -- it still has a tendency to meander, sometimes within a song itself, as when the killer opening "Brighton Rock" suddenly veers into long stretches of Brian May solo guitar -- but all these detours do not distract from the overall album, they're in many ways the key to the record itself: it's the sound of Queen stretching their wings as they learn how to soar to the clouds. There's a genuine excitement in hearing all the elements to Queen's sound fall into place here, as the music grows grander and catchier without sacrificing their brutal, hard attack. One of the great strengths of the album is how all four members find their voices as songwriters, penning hooks that are big, bold, and insistent and crafting them in songs that work as cohesive entities instead of flourishes of ideas. This is evident not just in "Killer Queen" -- the first, best flourishing of Freddie Mercury's vaudevillian camp -- but also on the pummeling "Stone Cold Crazy," a frenzied piece of jagged metal that's all the more exciting because it has a real melodic hook. Those hooks are threaded throughout the record, on both the ballads and the other rockers, but it isn't just that this is poppier, it's that they're able to execute their drama with flair and style. There are still references to mystical worlds ("Lily of the Valley," "In the Lap of Gods") but the fantasy does not overwhelm as it did on the first two records; the theatricality is now wielded on everyday affairs, which ironically makes them sound larger than life. And this sense of scale, combined with the heavy guitars, pop hooks, and theatrical style, marks the true unveiling of Queen, making Sheer Heart Attack as the moment where they truly came into their own.
Performance CreditsQueen Primary Artist
Freddie Mercury Piano,Vocals,Group Member
Brian May Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Group Member
Roger Taylor Percussion,Drums,Vocals,screams,Group Member
John Deacon Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Double Bass,Group Member
Technical CreditsFreddie Mercury Composer
Brian May Composer,Orchestration
Roger Taylor Composer
Roy Thomas Baker Producer
John Deacon Composer
Mick Rock Art Direction
Mike Stone Engineer
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Sheer Heart Attack based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Hard Rock, ragtime, soft piano ballads, pure pop, proto-punk--it's all here, and it's all good. Queen know how to mix different genres and make them all into great songs. Powerful, anthemic rockers include ''Brighton Rock,'' ''Flick of the Wrist,'' ''Tenement Funster'' (Roger Taylor on vocals), ''In the Lap of the Gods'' (both versions), and ''Now I'm here.'' But don't forget ''Lily of the Valley'' or ''She Makes Me'' for their serene imagery, or ''Stone Cold Crazy'' for it's quick-lyrics and punk tendencies. Finally, there is, of course, ''Killer Queen.'' Get this Album.
Yes, this is truly one of Queens best albums. Sheer Heart Attack is an excellant album. In it, Queen trades in the mystic progrock of Queen II in for a more varied slew of sounds. As one review read, their songs, though not mainstream, achieve perfection. This album has my two favorite hard rockers penned by Brian May--Brighton Rock and Now I'm Here. Plus, theres other great hits on here--the breakthrough song Killer Queen (reached #2 in the UK charts), Roger Taylor's Tenement Funster, the heavy Flick of the Wrist and many others. Stone Cold Crazy, a quick paced heavy metal classic later covered by Metallica is also on here. Unexpected genres like ragtime, Carribean, opera, ect. are covered on here, before the album closes with the epic rock ballad In the Lap of the Gods revisited. This album is recommended for the more-than-casual Queen fan.
I cant say enough about this cd! What 'mrsbradpig' said about the popularity of Bohemian Rhapsody has nothing to do with the quality of the cd. although Bohemian Rhapsody is very well known, other less known songs are just as good. the songs on this cd are upbeat and are not a 'headache' as another review said. i would definatly recommend this cd. its one of the best of the 6 Queen CDs i have!! Theres lots of emotion and rythym. GET IT!!
QUEEN'S 3RD ALBUM. THEY FIANALLY GROW INTO THEIR POTENTIAL WITH THIS ONE.
THEIR 1ST HIT SINGLE "KILLER QUEEN", BUT BEYOND THAT IS A GREAT GREAT ALBUM. THIS ALBUM HAS OPERETIC MOMENTS, GUITAR GOD MOMENTS, HARD ROCKERS, BEAUTIFUL BALLADS, AND EVEN RAGTIME.
Queen covered a lot of area's musically; opera, rock, jazz, pop (unfortunatly)etc. They are best known for Bohemian Rhapsody and loved for it. I did a survey amongst a group of people. I asked them the following questions: 1. Do you know the band Queen? 2. Do you know Bohemian Rhapsody? 3. Do you like it? 4. Do you like the band Queen? 5. Can you name three other songs they did? The results were amazing. 70% knew Queen on the first question. As soon as I mentioned the song, 20% extra said they knew Queen! 90% of the people who knew the song liked it. 80% said they liked the band Queen. When I asked the last question, I came to some strange conclusions. 30% of the people who said they liked and knew Queen could NOT name three other songs!!! You can hardly judge a band by one song! And to tie in with this album and all the Queen albums, my point is: You might have to be a Queen fan to like the albums. I like Sheer Heart Attack but it wouldn't be my favourite because it shows the rock side of Queen which isnt my favourite side. My favourite songs are: Killer Queen and Flick of the Wrist and Lily of the Valley. Good album, though!
I start loving Queen more the 20 years ago - now my children love Queen and they want thier own copy .....
Queen have 5 CD's (out of 20) which I consider complete perfection. Sheer Heart Attack is one of them. It maintains an underground edge to it, while still being catchy and addictive. The album has a flow to it that takes your from Earth to Mars and back again.
Amazing album, totally blown away! All the way around this album has it all, Get It!