The Cosmos Rocks (Amazon Exclusive)
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  • Dazed and Wondering
    I'm baffled on how to write this review since it's either a Paul Rodgers solo outing, a Queen outing, or a Queen + Paul Rodgers outing. I almost wished they hadn't of thrown in the "+" and just stuck to Queen. IMO I can't give this 5 stars. It's a middle of the road project. And there will be tons of comparisons to every other Queen album out there with Freddie singing lead. For me, this is a very dominated Paul Rodgers album since, of course, he sings lead and has a very recognizable voice. If Queen wasn't listed on this you would have thought that this was his new solo cd. Best track for me on this entire cd is 'Time to Shine'. Other than that, nothing that grabs me. It's fine to continue without Freddie, but I just can't see the Queen influence on this album which proves who the driving force was in Queen. It is sorely missed on this album. "Call Me" gives a nod to "Crazy Little Thing", but, for me, I just don't hear the guitar of Brian May that is so prevalent in all their albums (that Queen sound) on any of these songs. Maybe, I'm missing it, but that's my opinion. So, it's a good rock album, but I don't think great here and not worth a 5 star rating other than the fact that Queen + Paul Rodgers came out with a new cd. If you love the voice of Paul Rodgers and haven't heard anything new from him, then pick it up even if you're not a big fan of Queen because it does lean towards the way that he has done music, both with Bad Company and by himself. ...more info
  • Why The Cosmos Rocks Me
    I have to laugh at the criticism that TCR is "over-produced". To me, there IS no such thing. I expected nothing less than the lavish layers that are so characteristic of Queen in the studio, especially the 70's works. I wasn't disappointed in that respect. In fact, after playing the album daily for two months, one day I discovered the melodic bassline in Time To Shine.

    It's hard to pick a favorite track. A lot depends on my mood at the time.. I think TCR should come with a warning label - This CD should be played at 11! (If you don't get the joke, it's from the satirical film, This Is Spinal Tap, and it means the highest possile volume.) 'Voodoo', and 'Through the Night', both reportedly Paul's compositions, are at the top of my list. 'TTN' seems to be written about his wife Cynthia, but to me, it is also a prayer (or a psalm, as it's set to music). 'Surf's Up... School's Out' is so different, and it's really grown on me. LOVE the harmonica and synthesizer on it. Though I have a hard time understanding the line following "wanna ride with you", supposedly "this ride still runs", but it sounds more like "this ride's too rough".
    My least fav is 'Small'. I have difficulty identifying with the sentiment, and I don't care much for the Macbeth-ish synthesizer in it. And the chorus sounds a bit like a bunch of drunken blokes in a pub. 'Call Me' has the catchiest hook on TCR, and sounds like a Deacy ditty. The line "get myself a wife or two" is classic; and the laugh at the end sums it all up for exactly what it is, a lighthearted, fun, silly piece. But the kind of "cheesy" guitar solo throws it off a bit, like it tries a little too hard to be what my brother deemed as "a goofy song". And while 'Warboys' kicks some serious guitar a**, I can't listen to it when I'm fighting a migraine (but it's not as "bad" as Chinese Torture). It's a shame 'We Believe' didn't come out six months prior to the album, beause it seems to be written for President Obama, and would've made a great campaign theme song. The structure is deceptively simple, and builds powerfully, like Ravel's 'Bolero'. Some feel it's "too preachy", but I don't find that the case. 'Time To Shine' is also a great, uplifting number that would've been Obama worthy. And 'All Things That Glitter' would be a nice one for some female figure skater to use (as have 'Who Wants To Live Forever' and other Queen songs over the years).

    On the negative side, I don't care for 'small reprise' at all. Maybe minus the vocals it would be okay. But I think the sea sounds of waves and gulls would've made a stronger "organic" ending, just fading soothingly off, and harkening back to the sounds of the creation and the eerie whale noises at start of TCR.

    I also wish that Brian sang 'Still Burnin'. It kind of sounds like him on the first few lines. And it would've been nice to hear more of Roger's singing, too. I'm glad they took turns on 'SINT', even though I think it's more poignant when Rog sang it alone in concert. But I'm happy they kept it to that one song. I think even more vocal harmonies throughout might've made it feel more like a Queen album. I really like the way Bri's voice pops out on C-lebrity. There are other moments like that on TCR, but you have to really listen for them. I can understand when Freddie was terminally ill why they "let" him sing almost all the vocals, but maybe a little more B+R on TCR would've made it more Q + PR, instead of the reverse.

    I think they were wise to drop the cover version of 'Runaway' from TCR. I like the guitar work, but it wouldn't have added anything to the flow. On the whole, this album has made me a very happy camper, getting me through what is turning out to be one of the snowiest and coldest winters on record. I'm hoping that there will be more to come, including a tour on the other side of the pond!

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  • QUEEN MEETS BAD COMPANY...EXCELLENT!
    Aaah, just when you thought Queen was finished, along comes one of Rock's greatest vocalists, one of Freddie's favorites, Paul Rodgers, and alas, Queen + Paul Rodgers is born, and a whole new sound for this rockin' band. Moments of Free, Bad Co. & of course Queen & even The Firm...What a contrast of sorts especially for those who said it would never work...Ha!

    I haven't stopped listening to this album since I ordered it from the UK in September, AWESOME music, my favorite tracks, Still Burnin', a solid Bad Company sounding riff & vocals but with Queen's classic harmonies & guitar...Call Me, reminds me of Who Needs You, early Queen for those who don't remember...C-Lebrity, great rockin' baby, going to be a radio favorite surely...Voo Doo, another Bad Co. sounding song, with some great guitar work by Her Majestys Guitar, Brian May...

    The title track Cosmos, reminds me of One Vision from Queen circa 1986...

    The Whole Album ROCKS, Queen is Back, ooops, excuse me, Queen + Paul Rodgers are back, so welcomed too, we need some hard rock from men who know how to play it...and Paul Rodgers voice is unsurpassed, he truly is "the voice"...Roger Taylor's Drums, he still has it...and Brian May, well, he's been knighted by the Queen...

    Long Live Queen & Freddie Mercury!
    Long Live Queen + Paul Rodgers!...more info
  • Great Stuff!!!
    I have to admit that I'm more of a Paul Rodgers fan than a Queen fan, but I've always loved Queen's music, too. Queen die-hards may not like this, but to me it's almost like a Paul Rodgers solo album with a killer backing band. The songs are great, and Paul's voice is still incredible after all these years!...more info
  • Paul Rodgers + Queen
    I think as an album it's a 4, but as a Queen album it's a 3. Good for Paul Rodgers, but he's no Freddie Mercury....more info
  • Queen and Paul Rodgers hybrid works for me :)
    I don't know what it is with Queen and the USA, but it seems they've always been underrated here. I've been a fan since Killer Queen first came out and have loved their work ever since! I never followed any kind of news, so it was a shock to me when I heard over the radio in my car that Freddie Mercury was dead. I knew then that my wish to see the band again would never come true.

    However, out of the blue, I found Brian May's website and discovered that he and Roger Tayler were touring with Paul Rodgers back in 2006 and jumped at the chance to get tickets. The performance was awesome and I was so happy to see the guys having fun on stage. The promise of an album kept me itching to hear something new, so when the album finally came out, I bought it from amazon uk. I just couldn't wait another minute to hear what they came up with!

    I'm glad to say that the whole album is a true hybrid of Paul Rodgers and Queen sound. This is something I never expected, but truly love and am so thankful for. Out of 13 songs, I think 10 are really tops. Sure the guys are old like me, and not as pretty as they used to be, but heck, they still have creativity and lots of spunk. I'm thankful that they came out of retirement to color my world with new material that I can enjoy. Thanks dudes! You rock!
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  • Just dont call it Queen
    Call me a purist but I love things the way they are. Queen died when Freddy did ( God rest his soul). I think the stuff Queen did in their hey dey, is classic and is what rock bands today should look up to. However to call the band Queen is a crime. Nothing against Paul Rodgers, hes amazing. Hes one of the best vocalists out there. Ive admired him with Free, Bad Company, The Firm, and even The Law. Hes top notch and he has my repect.Roger Taylor has always been one of my favorite drummers and hes as good as ever on here. He also co-writes all of the songs. I just have a problem with Brian calling this outfit Queen. I wish he wouldnt do it.
    On the flip side . This album is great. Its what classic rock n roll purists crave for. Brian is at his best, the backing vocals are amazing and of course Pauls vocals are as good as ever. Getting the band in the studio was a brilliant idea. I hope this isnt a one shot album and i hope the boys plan on making more. The songs to down load are .... C- lebrity.Say its not true. Warboys. Surfs up... and Voodoo. If your a Classic rock fan. Buy this album . Its a great one. I cant wait to hear them live.If you spend the dollar more theres also a deluxe version which features the boys from their last concert....more info
  • They're Back!!
    Being a long-time Queen fan, as well as a Bad Company fan, I was eager to see what happened when when Paul Rodgers teamed up with Queen. Well, the results are amazing! I was blown away with how great these guys sound!

    Yes, it is a bit different than the old Queen, but that's because it's NOT the old Queen. You can't compare Freddie and Paul; their styles are too drastically different. That doesn't mean that one is worse than the other, just different. If you look at it as a new band, without comparing to previous works, you'll love this album. Actually, you might love it even if you do compare them, but this is to the naysayers that are convinced that the band can't exist without Freddie. How many other bands have gone on to success without a founding member? Why not these guys?

    Now let me hit on some favorite tracks:

    The title track is truly rocking! A great opener for a strong album.

    I love that they included the powerful 'Say It's Not True' on this album. If you want to hear the original live version, check out www.46664.com and get the album from the first of the benefit concerts. Trust me, it's worth it!

    I think 'C-lebrity', which pokes fun at the current trend of young people willing to do anything (or nothing) to earn their 5 minutes of fame, is a very catchy tune with a great beat.

    'Some Things That Glitter' is probably my favorite song right now. It's a truly beautiful song with a very sweet message.
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  • It took a while but!
    Well being that was/am one of the biggest Queen fans on the face of the earth, I was really depressed when I had heard that Freddie Mercury had passes away. I've seen a lot of musicians kick the bucket over the years, but his death really hit me with a sense of sadness?

    Well here we are almost two full decades later, listening to a new Queen offering from two of the surviving members (to bad John Deacon wasn't involved?.) I knew before I ever tossed this disc into my cd player that it would not come anywhere near the genius that was Queen in it's heyday, but I had high hopes that it would at least contain some bright spots with them members that were now carrying the torch so to speak.

    Does it sound like Queen, not on your life, but it's not supposed to. Nothing will ever sound like Queen again! What we have hear is a straight up rock & roll cd that does work. You do get some snippets of that old school Queen vide from Brian Mays playing and Roger Taylor's (very under rated drummer) drumming, but again, it's something fresh and new and if you're looking for say classic sounding Queen, your looking in the wrong place. Paul Rogers is one of the all time best rock singers in history and he does not tarnish his reputation here. His vocals are fantastic and the band itself is very pleasing to the ear.

    If Brian May and Roger Taylor wanted to try and sound like old school Queen, they would have recruited some Freddie Mercury clone or at least someone who sang somewhat like him. The dude from Wham comes to mind (I can't remember his name?) as he did a fine job at the farewell concert way back when. However I believe that the remaining members believed that replacing Freddie was an impossible job and thus decided after many years to just write and see what happened with it. Paul Rogers comes onboard and the rest is history.

    I will admit this cd took me about ten listens before I began to truly appreciate it for what it was. Now that I've had it for about three weeks now and have listened to it many times I've really come to quite enjoy it's feel. You wont find any outstanding tracks, but it's all very solid from start to finish and really is an enjoyable listen.

    If you cue it up and go, "what is this?" be patient, it'll grow on you like it has me and may even become one of your favorites it time. This cd is a great start to an old band that has found a new groove with a fresh face and some very classy sounding tunes.

    Well done ladz!

    John I miss your bass playing, you rocked man!! ...more info
  • Just sounds like a ton of 1980's bland rock
    I have tried to like this album, but just cant get past Rodgers voice. Bland, lacking emotion.

    I wasn't expecting the old Queen. I have watched other bands lose important members and still sound good. But Queen in it's current form is killed by Rodgers.

    What made Queen so much fun was that they rocked hard, had humor and just sounded like they were having fun.

    This current album just sounds so 1980s. But not the good parts of the eighties.

    Over and out!


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  • Queen - John Deacon - Freddie Mercury + Paul Rodgers
    What a waste of money. What a waste of talent. Please Brian May, please Roger Taylor, drop the Queen name off of your future projects with Paul Rodgers. This doesn't look, sound, or act like Queen music. If you are a Paul Rodgers fan, then this album is for you. It's retro throwback sound to MOR 70s hard rock, macho, sluggish, predictable, uncreative. You keep making PR statements to the effect that this is not an attempt to replace Freddie's vocals, yet you try to fool the public into buying this slop by using the Queen name. You want to play bland middle of the road rock, fine...but your fans deserve a little more thought and creativity than this embarrasing collection of garbage. ...more info
  • Bad Company
    I was always able to appreciate the enormous and indisputable talent of Queen. However, they were never really my cup of tea. Bad Company w/Paul Rodgers however is one of my all time favorite bands. I never owned a Queen album and never owned a Bad Company album without Paul Rodgers.

    Combining Queen's virtuosity with the likes of Paul Rodgers actually makes sense after hearing the result. This CD to me is heavily flavored with Paul's (Bad Company) influence and Paul finally has the band to equal his level of vocal perfection and writing skill.

    Rarely do the remains of two magnificent bands come together and hit a grand slam like this....more info
  • My Cosmos Has Been Rocked!
    Wow what a fun and satisfying debut album by these two great acts! This is real genuine classic rock music with a great selection of song styles - rock, blues, ballads, pop, new wave, even some that's a little country-tinged. Brian May and Roger Taylor bring their trademark Queen sound to the proceedings with distinctive guitar work and percussion, and Paul Rodgers has one of the greatest voices ever. They haven't lost their touch! This album beats anything in the Bad Company catalogue and is as good or better than any album Queen released in the 1980s. A true meeting of equals, the band's histories blend together to make anew and very distinctive sound of its own. Open your ears, clear out your preconceptions, and get ready to enjoy some *real* music by *real* musicians! ...more info
  • Good album, but not the specific "Queen sound"
    I'ts a good rock album. The sound is great and the songs are good.
    The only thing missing is the "Queen Sound". I Can't recognize the specific guitar sound of Brian May. ...more info
  • Save your money
    Paul Rogers doesn't cut it! Freddie was the King, the King is dead, may he rest in Peace. There is a reason why it has been so long since Queen released any material with Paul Rogers, he SUCKS. His work in earlier bands was pretty good. He is so out-classed it is actually sad hearing him try to fill the huge void Freddie left behind. ...more info
  • No better or worse than expected
    Freddie Mercury was one of the most unique, engaging vocalists in Rock history, and Queen were an adventurous, creative band under his tenure. Paul Rogers is a generic shouter, his voice devoid of any genuine soul or emotion, who spent his career fronting by-the-numbers bands like Bad Company, churning out faceless corporate rock. The result of the collaboration between Rogers and the remainder of Queen is predictable: a chain is as strong as its weakest link, and you can't replace a genius like Freddy with a hack like Rogers without dragging the rest of the band down to his level. Save your money....more info
  • Yes it does, thanks to these excellent musicians
    I approached this CD the wrong way round, so to speak - seeing that the band was to play at the new O2 Stadium in Prague in the Czech Republic on 31st October 2008, I decided that the whole family should go in my continuing campaign to get my kids to see as many great musicians as possible before it's too late, as well as people they like. So far this has included B B King, Paul McCartney, Stevie Winwood, Eric Clapton, Cream,Procol Harum, Genesis, Buddy Guy, Jeff Beck, Andy Sheppard, Tommy Smith, Joe Lovano, Meat Loaf (great band - voice vanished sadly), Eric Bell, Buddy Guy, Bryan Adams and even Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky Mick and Tich who were fab. In turn I have seen McFly, Fall Out Boy, Bowling for Soup, Kelly Clarkson (really really good)and many many other newer bands and performers. Kids, eh?

    Having met a really nice guy from the Tourist Office in a previous visit, I asked him to let me know if any good shows were coming up. So he kindly e-mailed me in April to say that Queen and Paul Rodgers were on their way so I bought tickets then and there. They were sold out a few minutes later but at ¡ê39 each they seemed pretty good value. Then I booked flights from Bristol to Prague on EasyJet at ¡ê30 each return, and a hotel near the Stadium for about ¡ê50 each. A great weekend promised.

    Arriving in Prague with its fantastic public transport and underground system, I was really surprised to see no posters, no advertising, no anything. So off I went to the tourist office and asked Marek if they were still playing. "Why should they not be?" he replied, "The tickets sold out in a few hours and everybody knows about it. We do not need to further promote a sell-out concert." Well, that put me in my place.

    We arrived at this fantastic new stadium and after a short wait the band appeared, and the first sound of Paul Rodgers' brilliant voice, one of my favourite of all time, took me back to seeing Free in the old days. Brian May, Paul Rodgers and Roger Taylor were on fire, as were their superlative back-up players Spike Edney, Danny Mirando and Jamie Moses. Starting with a boiling "Tie your mother Down", they trawled through a huge selection of Queen numbers old and new, and, of course, The Cosmos Rocks. Sometimes it's hard to appreciate new songs on first hearing, but such was the musicianship, the good humour and the vast amount of styles they tackled that it was impossible not to be involved. This is not "the New Queen" in any way. The adorable Freddie M was a completely different front man, sparkling with brilliance but often in a very staccato way. Rodgers, from the blues tradition, is a much more relaxed and rhythmic performer, able to sing around the beat and to put his own stamp on everything. Honestly, it was a brilliant show, the acoustics were impeccable and Paul Rodgers a revelation. The respect and good humour with which they treated their material was a joy to behold. The Tears In The Eye bit came with We are the Champions, which PR sung perfectly and hit all the notes in his husky burred voice, and a rendition of All Right Now, with Dr May having the good taste to play Paul Kossoff's immaculate solo note perfectly.

    Anyway, I bought myself the CD for Christmas and it's a great little artefact, weearing its background and influences quite openly on its sleeve. Cosmos Rockin', the opener, roars along at a heck of a pace with Brian retreading his Chuck Berry/Now I'm here riffing to great effect. To pick out some highlights, Call Me is a great little almost rockabilly track with an offset rhythmn and the tune from "Au Claire De La Lune, Mon Ami Pierrot..", incredbly like Cheryl Crow's last single. A great little four-tracked solo has Paul pleading "Have Mercy," a great touch and really funny. "We Believe", which is a charter for tolerance and understanding, is just lovely, with great harmonies and Paul's tuneful blues voice just out of this world - and it has more than a touch of "You're The Voice" by John Farnham. On Voodoo and on Through the Night (especially), Brian pays a lovely and touching tribute to Rory Gallagher, as he does elsewhere on the CD. This song is a near lift from "Fly off the Handle" from Top Priority, and the guitar tone here and elsewhere is that of Rory on Irish Tour 74 (especially "A Million Miles Away") and Calling Card, especially the tone on "Do you Read Me?" and "Calling Card" itself. Brian even does the liitle bit on the guitar where Rory sings "my cat don't scratch" on "Fly off the Handle". Brian is very public about his respect for Rory and attributes his guitar tone to him. This is a very respectful and touching way of saying thanks.

    Say It's not True, not unlike Say it ain't So Joe (The Gary Brooker Version) shows Rodgers in top voice, getting high notes that Freddie would have been proud of while not resorting to falsetto. Some Things that Glitter is just a lovely song and it would have been sung by anybody - but Paul's timing is great and it's a touching tribute, I would guess, to Mrs Rodgers. Surf's Up is just plain funny and a great little rocker. For me the weakest track is C-lebrity, not much in there at all, with a chorus lifted from a million psychdelic songs.

    All in all, a smashing little disc, full of good humour and great playing and singing. Even Roger Taylor, who can be a bit plodding, really comes to life and shows who had the technically best voice in Queen, as he did on stage in Prague.

    A very worthy four stars from a great new band. See them live too - just brilliant and captivating. By the way, the children were blown away, as was I....more info
  • Are You Kidding Me?
    Okay first off let me say that i am a minor Queen fan and like there songs, not PAUL RODGER QUEEN though. How in there wildest minds replace there original singer, with Paul Rodgers come on, the guy sang for like Bad Company and Free, bands that are not at all like Queen what so ever. I think now a days Queen just has really sold out and making a new album with that Freddie Mercury poser is just a shame really in my honest opinion. If anyone who reads this reveiw disagrees with me please post a comment saying otherwise and i would give this album zero stars if they let you.

    floyd(annoymous)...more info
  • This album realy does rock
    I saw these guys a few years ago at the DCU center in Worchestor, Ma. They were great because they did not try to sound like the "new" Queen. They were who they said they were: Queen + Paul Rodgers. They show was fantastic. Fast forward to a studio album today and you will find (drum roll please) Queen + Paul Rodgers. This is Probably the best album they could make at this time. I will not bore you with a track by track review because you will find that some great and some are better than others. My only grip with this album is the credits. Who played what? I can hear them singing. I can hear Mr. May's wonderfull guitaring all through out the CD but is the rest a bunch of studio musicans like the later Pink Floyd without Roger Waters? It is the only reason this getting 4 stars. If you are a Queen, Bad Co, or a Free fan, you can not go wrong with this....more info
  • No better or worse than expected
    Freddie Mercury was one of the most unique, engaging vocalists in Rock history, and Queen were an adventurous, creative band under his tenure. Paul Rogers is a generic shouter, his voice devoid of any genuine soul or emotion, who spent his career fronting by-the-numbers bands like Bad Company, churning out faceless corporate rock. The result of the collaboration between Rogers and the remainder of Queen is predictable: a chain is as strong as its weakest link, and you can't replace a genius like Freddy with a hack like Rogers without dragging the rest of the band down to his level. Save your money....more info
  • This could have been great!
    To begin I am a huge Paul Rodgers fan and probably best described a fair-weathered fan of Queen. Now this album has some great music on it such as "Voodoo" a slow bluesy number which is a superb vehicle for Rodgers crooning style with each word seemingly dripping from a pool of blues guitar. "We Believe" is a good toe tapping anthem crying out for leadership. "Still Burnin" reminds me of the rocking rolling songs from the Bad Company - Yes sir, nice! "Warboys" is a fine rocker with Queen's homage to the fighting "boys" of the war complete with guns and tanks. "Some Things That Glitter" is another gem which is slower and reminds me of BC days. "C-lebrity" has great rock bones to it but the lyrics suck. "Through the Night" should be on the radio. "Say It's Not True" is awful. "Surf's Up...Schools"s Out" - are you kidding me? Horrible! This album starts out with some boring swirling sounds and then breaks into some old fashioned 50's rock and roll complete with hand clapping - shoot me. This is not the way to start an album which does not feature a 50's band throughout. I wish that Queen and Mr. Rodgers had left some stinkers off of this disc because there are some really good tunes on this album. I mean come on, do you really need all 14 tracks which include less than stellar material or wouldn't it make more sense to just offer the cream and start working on the next great Queen recording? Oh yes, the album cover is just lame. Overall, I can delete the poopers before I transfer this to my portable listening device and pretend that Queen + Paul Rodgers rocks! - Ciao...more info
  • This album realy does rock
    I saw these guys a few years ago at the DCU center in Worchestor, Ma. They were great because they did not try to sound like the "new" Queen. They were who they said they were: Queen + Paul Rodgers. They show was fantastic. Fast forward to a studio album today and you will find (drum roll please) Queen + Paul Rodgers. This is Probably the best album they could make at this time. I will not bore you with a track by track review because you will find that some great and some are better than others. My only grip with this album is the credits. Who played what? I can hear them singing. I can hear Mr. May's wonderfull guitaring all through out the CD but is the rest a bunch of studio musicans like the later Pink Floyd without Roger Waters? It is the only reason this getting 4 stars. If you are a Queen, Bad Co, or a Free fan, you can not go wrong with this....more info
  • The Rodgers Taylor May Project
    As many reviews here accurately point out - this is not "Queen" in the classical sense. This is the DNA of two band members + 1 blues rock singer and the results are interesting enough.

    When you think of Queen, you think of Freddie Mercury and even bassist John Deacon, and you realise how vital each one of them was to the Queen sound. But this album is more like the Paul Rodgers meets Roger Taylor and Brian May album project (arrange names in any order you like). In that sense, only a few songs relate to Queen's legacy. In actuality, this feels more like a Paul Rodgers album which his fans will be absolutely delighted with. By Queen's standards, it has just enough material that reminds you of the glorious past, but just barely.

    The three chord rockers of "The Cosmos Rocks" are really jams in comparison to the esoteric, anthemic, romantic, grandiose epics of Queen past - which is why no one can quite place the Queen sound here. Freddie and Paul's singing styles are so vastly different that one does miss Mercury, the inventive, crazy performer who now has Paul Rodgers, the belter, the bluesman, the rocker in his corner. In terms of their live concerts, these tracks are going to rock quite well in between the old standards. But for those who miss Freddie Mercury, this will not fill the hole in the soul.

    This is by no means a great album nor a bad album. It will likely grow on you with more listens. Unlike the bombastic approach of the old Queen where one could count on a dramatic anthem to power up the listener, followed by ballads followed by ditties, The Cosmos Rocks will not reveal any soaring vocals or leaping Innuendo turns. Every Queen album is a tough act to follow, so this album succeeds in that it does not try to compete with the past. Nonetheless, we Queen fans will compare whatever's served to us.

    I felt The Cosmos Rocks really heading into Queen territory only by the last few tracks with the refreshing C-lebrity and Say It's Not True (the most Queen song on the album with Roger Taylor on vocals - the second voice of Queen). Queen has always been an album band, and I felt settled once the boys had found their groove. A few songs hint at the progressive edge that Queen has always had.

    So don't get this because you miss Mercury. Get it to revisit some old friends. You may find it well worthwhile. 3.5 stars....more info
  • Brian May Saves This QUEEN CD
    After one listen many people may conclude that Paul Rodgers and Bad Company dominate this CD. A few more plays will reveal that this is indeed a Brian May and Queen CD. May's exquisite and majestic guitar tones and riffs gloriously resonate throughout this album. He's integral to excellent songs including "Small", "Still Burning", "Voodooh", "C-Lebrity", "Call Me" and "Cosmos Rockin". Paul Rodgers vocals are proficient and commendable but guitar virtuoso and writer Brian May is bona fide Queen Royalty....more info
  • Great solo effort(s)
    Nothing against John Deacon and his enormous influence on the Queen sound but let's take him out of this equation for now and bring back Freddie Mercury. With these three members (May, Mercury and Taylor), instead of making a Queen album, they decide to all record some solo material but play on each others tracks. You've got 1/3 Freddie, 1/3 Brian and 1/3 Roger. If this really happened, I think most people would love it. After all, a lot of Queen music was like this anyway. Now, take out Freddie and put in Paul Rodgers. This is the album you have. Since Paul is a legend in his own right, the album is just as good.
    Personally, I prefer Roger Taylor solo albums to a lot of other music anyway, so I knew I would like this. Why not 5 stars? Probably for the same reason I would not give 5 stars to most Queen releases....this is not a perfect album. Only 2-3 Queen releases warrant a 5 star release and I think most people can agree as to what those may be.
    The big problem with this release is the name. Are Brian and Roger Queen? Well, I think in a manner of speaking, they are. Noone questioned Queen when they performed songs on their formal releases that were the work of 1 or 2 members (Roger Taylor being most known for this; I'm in love with my car, etc).
    Important lead singers leave groups for various reasons and the group continues on with success. Why can't this one?...more info
  • talented
    You can't compare this to classic Queen or Paul Rodgers. This is 2 talented forces combining to create 1 enjoyable disc. It has something for the fans of both bands, and also something for anyone who appreciates good adult rock n' roll. From the beginning in your face rock, all the way thru a roller coaster of melodies, this disc is just plain enjoyable. Yes I do want to hear Queen with Freddie again, but we must move on, and this is about as good as it can get without him. It would be an absolute shame if the remaining members of Queen never recorded again in memory of the late freddie, you talk about a waste of talent. The tightest sounding band ever, combined with rocks second greatest voice (freddie was first). DO NOT COMPARE this to their previous works. Just enjoy it for what it is! ...more info
  • Bad Company feat. Brian May and Roger Taylor
    Before everyone freaks out, let me just say for the record I am a hardcore Queen fan , and a hardcore Paul Rodgers fan (more of Free than Bad Co.)When "Return of the Champions" was released , I was very impressed with the combo of these legends coming together and I was looking forward to this new release , so why the three star review?
    Actually 3.5, because I was hoping for it to sound more like a Queen album (I know you can't bring or replace Freddie back), but for those who collected Queen albums , you know that each album would have one or two songs each sung by Brian or Roger. And with the exception of say it's not True, this is not the case. This sounds more like a bad co. album with all songs sung by Paul, I just hope that the next release they do will have just that....more info
  • Fab
    Paul Rodgers is not trying to replace Freddie Mercury. He, Brian May and Roger Taylor are simply carrying on Freddie's edict "The Show Must go on". And it sure does. This album has a more guitar-oriented and rock and roll feel than any of Queen's other albums. What's important though is that there's still ballads, emotion and beauty to be found in this album's music. You'll be finding yourself humming and singing the lyrics long after you have turned off the cd or mp3 player, and that's what really matters. This is a great album....more info
  • Un disco que vale mucho la pena escuchar
    Este disco es un claro ejemplo que no existe una relaci¨®n proporcional entre calidad y volumen de ventas, adem¨¢s de dejar presente que los cr¨ªticos musicales profesionales son unos ladrones de gallinas.

    Las trece composiciones originales del disco van de lo bueno a lo sublime (destaco sobre todo Voodoo, We Believe y Warboys), siendo un trabajo que mezcla seriedad l¨ªrica con inmadurez irreverente (cosa que disfruto cada vez m¨¢s al creer cada vez menos en el contenido social de las letras de la mayor¨ªa de las bandas que componen el mainstream del negocio musical).

    Que puedo decir que no se haya dicho de Roger Taylor y Brian May? Me limito a decir que creo que van a pasar muchos a?os antes de que se repita un tandem similar de tan notables cualidades, mientras que Paul Rodgers tiene una voz realmente de PUTA MADRE. Ese se?or tiene un don vocal que hace rid¨ªculas las cr¨ªticas recibidas en los ¨²ltimos meses.

    En definitiva, si ten¨¦s ganas de escuchar algo de primera (cosa que sale cada 25 millones de a?os), compr¨¢ este disco y hac¨¦ que la cr¨ªtica se vaya a tomar por culo.

    P.D. - No le puse 5 estrellas, porque se las dejo reservadas a los cl¨¢sicos, con lo que me refiero a obras con por lo menos 5 a?os en plaza que han logrado pasar la barrera de la inmediatez....more info
  • BOTTOM LINE
    PAUL RODGERS IS ONE OF THE FINEST LEAD VOCALISTS IN ROCK MUSIC. BRIAN MAY IS A BONEFIDE GUITAR ICON. hOWEVER, IF YOUR EXPECTING ANYTHING LIKE VINTAGE QUEEN YOU WON'T FIND IT IN THIS PROJECT....more info
  • Not the disaster it could have been, but this is not a Queen album
    What would motivate the two remaining members of Queen (Brian May, Roger Taylor) to record a new album under the "Queen" moniker some 17 years after the passing away of lead singer Freddie Mercury? (Original bassist John Deacon passed on continuing.) They recruited Paul Rodgers (of Free and Bad Company) to be the new lead singer, a curious choice, given the stark differences in vocals and theatricals with the late Freddie Mercury, and after a live tour in 2005, they now come again, with new studio material. Let me state upfront that I was highly skeptical.

    "The Cosmos Rocks" (14 tracks, 59 min.) starts off with a terrible "Cosmos Rocking", wanting/trying to prove that the band is a happening, partying band. But things get much better with the hard-charging and romping "Time to Shine" and "Still Burning", which to me sound like Bad Company-era tracks, but they works quite nicely. The album really falters with ballads like "We Believe" and "Some Things That Glitter" (with the horrible opening line "Once I believed in butterflies"). But then "C-lebrity" is a nice surprise, rocking hard.

    In all, this is not the disaster it could've been, but that's not saying much. For one, the album would've been hugely helped if the running time was toned down to, say, about 40 min., weeding out the worst 4 or 5 tracks. But my biggest beef is that this is not a Queen album, period. It is an ensemble piece of 3 guys, 2 of whom used to be in Queen, and the other in Bad Company. There are some nice tracks on here, but to release this as a "Queen" is a disservice to the fine legacy of that vintage band (which doesn't sound anything like this album, incidentally)....more info
  • This CD rocks! - The band needs a name change.
    Queen was the quintessential glam-rock mush. The musicianship was great, but the product didn't rock at all. Paul Rodgers changes all of that. Now this group rocks! The only problem is that the musicians should have changed the name of the group to something else...anything else. Queen is dead, and long live Queen in our memories (get over it.) Paul Rodgers is NOT a 'poser'. Paul Rodgers is a part of what we call ROCK, and this music ROCKS!...more info
  • So-So Album by ultimate tribute band
    Most songs are unremarkable, with only Surf's up and C-lebrity being very good. Of Queen's original 15 studio albums, The Cosmos Rocks is only better than the Flash Gordon soundtrack. Compared to the solo works of Queen's members, I rate it as below average.

    I do not regret buying it, but I am slightly disappointed ...more info
  • Surprisingly good album. Wasn't sure what to expect, tell you the truth.
    First off, let me start off by saying I know this album isn't technically a "Queen" album. It's officially being billed as "Queen and Paul Rodgers". However, I'm filing it under Queen anyway. :)

    Freddie Mercury is dead, and I think most everyone assumed that after 1995's "Made in Heaven", that was it for Queen studio material. Mercury was so iconic of a voice, there really was no way you can replace a voice like that. And for the longest time, it stayed that way, until around 2004 when Queen was inducted into the UK Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Things moved, and Roger Taylor & Brian May started working with Paul Rodgers. Queen bassist John Deacon had retired from music completely, and from what I can gather gave the project his blessing. So they went forward with the intent of making a new album eventually. That is what this is. The first new studio album in bloody well forever that bears the name Queen. Yeah, yeah, yeah - it's not "technically" a Queen album, bit realistically, it is.

    I loved Queen, and kind of always wanted them to carry on, but had no idea who could pull it off. Rodgers sounds nothing like Mercury, and I suppose that's probably the way to go. You might be able to find someone who could (sort of) mimic Mercury, but I doubt they'd want to do that (although Journey has had success with some singers who mimic Steve Perry). I wasn't sure how this album would sound. I know there was a live album, but I never heard it. So I took a blind stab and bought this without hearing anything.

    I rather enjoy it! It's definitely not that true "Queen" sound. I think that's partially because one of the unheralded things that made Queen "Queen" was John Deacon. Oh sure, they all played their parts, but with Deacon not here, there's something missing. However, there is enough of the Queen sound (May's guitar, the harmonizing) to make it sound somewhat like Queen. Of course, with the vocalist being Rodgers, it's going to sound like his work with Bad Company, and his own material. The blending works for me. I see this album being trashed online, but I think it's an easy target, and people aren't giving it a fair shake. Now that's not to say it's the best album I've ever heard. It's not. But it's a good listen, and I enjoy the tracks. Cosmos Rockin, Time to Shine, Warboys, We Believe, Voodoo, and C-Lebrity all stick out as good tracks. We Believe in particular feels like "Queen" to me.

    If you were an old school Queen fan, I'm not sure if i can predict how you'll feel about this disc. There is good stuff here, and there is some filler. However, if you miss the guitar work of Brian May, check it out. You might enjoy it....more info
  • Just sounds like a ton of 1980's bland rock
    I have tried to like this album, but just cant get past Rodgers voice. Bland, lacking emotion.

    I wasn't expecting the old Queen. I have watched other bands lose important members and still sound good. But Queen in it's current form is killed by Rodgers.

    What made Queen so much fun was that they rocked hard, had humor and just sounded like they were having fun.

    This current album just sounds so 1980s. But not the good parts of the eighties.

    Over and out!


    ...more info
  • Excellent Debut Album from Queen + Paul Rodgers
    As a longtime Queen fan (of the WHOLE band, not just Freddie) and an admirer of the talents of Paul Rodgers in whatever form, I was so anxious to hear this album that I bought it as an import. After a couple of listens I wrote up my impression of the individual songs, of the album as a whole, and of the band as they release their first studio collaboration. Here are my thoughts -

    Cosmos Rockin' - a great rockin' opener, very classic stuff, great hand-clappin', head-bobbin' ,foot-tappin', singin' along fun. I really enjoyed this one. Paul sounds great, the guitar really rips, Roger is really delivering. The call-and-return chorus is fun. Fun lyrics, obviously meant to be fun and with tongue firmly in cheek. I had a big smile on my face the whole track.

    Time to Shine - a great opening vocal from Paul, very nice hearing real piano on a Queen-ish track again, as it kind of disappeared in the '80s, usually replaced by synths. I like the urgency and the driving quality of this song, Roger is really great here. Lyrically, I like the spin of optimistic challenge they put on the phrase "its time to shine". I like the karma of the entire record actually. I admire them for putting something positive like this out into the ether. With a few lyrical changes this could almost be a hymn. Quite spiritual, or as much as one could expect from a rock song and without straying into U2 territory.

    Still Burnin' - there's a nice groove on this track, some tasty bits of classic May guitar. I love how unpretentious the album is - "rock 'n' roll never dies" is so down-to-brass-tacks. Has a nice solo. These guys clearly have had it in their bellies to make an unapologetic back-to-basics rock record and I like that they didn't try to dress it up too much. There's a rawness to it. The "We Will Rock You" sample is kind of fun. I wasn't expecting that. It works.

    Small - I was really taken with how this affected me. I love simple songs that express a simple feeling. The chorus is nice, very direct, communicating something very universal. Rodgers is such an unpretentious vocalist. I really like the solo, lots of emotion in there. This is one of my favorite tracks on the album. Very nice toward the end when the chorus gets big. That was a "Queen moment".

    Warboys - I think this is magnificent. I'd heard Rodgers' live solo version of this, and this version just takes it to a whole other level. The acoustic guitar, the drumming and the vocals are so crisp. This was this first "I got chills" moment on the record. That "warboys" chorus with the Queen-esque vocals stacks really lays it out. And Roger is killing it with that percussion. The drums and guitar are so tight. Excellent.

    We Believe - I'm really of two minds on this one. It is very Pollyanna-ish but its also very sincere, which I appreciate. And its pretty. There are some nice moments. I like how it builds, and I like the "I believe", "you believe" back and forth in the verses. But lyrically its trying to say too much and with too many words. I think talking about leaders and so forth probably makes it a little too on-the-nose to really resonate enough. It was better when it was about "me" and "you". And no song should ever include a phrase as clumsy as "deed of obligation". But I really can't take much issue with the "peace, reconciliation and forgiveness" spirit behind it. There's probably a better song in there somewhere but it needed a rewrite to tighten it up. Paul's vocal *almost* saves it. He's really gives it his best but if there's a track I'm tempted to skip on the album, this is the one.

    Call Me - I was into this. Its kind of a refreshing change after some of the musically heavy and lyrically heavy stuff that it follows. Its simple, fun, easy to sing along to. Reminds me of "Let Your Heart Rule Your Head" from Brian's solo album and a bit of "Who Needs You" from "News of the World". The buzzy guitar is fun and I love the solo. I really think this could have been a track on "A Day at the Races". One of the reasons I have loved Queen for almost 20 years now is the variety, and this is a nice left curve track.

    Voodoo - This track has a very Santana-ish quality, which must have been fun for them to work on since I don't think Queen-proper ever did a track like this, this well. This is obviously what something like "My Baby Does Me" from "The Miracle" was aiming for and didn't come close to. Totally Paul's territory and he just glides effortlessly through this. Brian's guitar is nicely understated and plays well against the vocal. The whole track is smooth as silk and is just about perfect for what it is. I don't think they could improve a note on this one.

    Some Things That Glitter - Lovely opening with the piano, guitar, and cymbals. I love the symbolism of the butterfly. Very groovy in a laid back, '70s kind of way. Paul's vocal, again, is effortless and lovely. Nice to hear Brian doing those very Queen-esque backing vocals. "My butterfly grew golden wings" and then that lovely bit of trademark May guitar is a great little moment. A nice restrained solo. I could hear Freddie singing this, circa 1976. Probably my favorite track on the album.

    C-lebrity - being the single, I have heard this a lot by now and its grown on me quite a bit. I love the lyrics, all trademark Roger Taylor stuff - the humor and the sarcasm. Again, a recurring vibe of this whole record for me is "fun" and this to my ears is a fun track. I like that it's a bit rockier and poppier than some of the other stuff, and thus taking Rodgers out of his comfort zone a bit. A nice to-the-point guitar solo. "I want to be a star in a Broadway musical - they're gonna love me - I can't sing or dance at all", I love that bit. Roger is, again, really killing it on the percussion. And it gets fun and a little sing-songy at the end with that weedly-weedly guitar. Another song I could hear Freddie doing well, say, around 1984 or thereabouts. And I imagine the video would have been hilarious.

    Through the Night - Again, the guitar/drums/piano mix here is something I really missed about post-70s Queen. I like the melody here, Paul's very emotive vocal really sells it. I love the little change between the verse and chorus. Very raw emotive solo from Mr. May. "Without your love there's nowhere I can hide", that's a great line. Lovely guitar at the end, another overt "Queen moment".

    Say Its Not True - As this song was released as a free download on New Year's Eve, this is the one I've obviously lived with the longest and I really fell in love with this version. Great hearing some lead vocals from Roger and then Brian, then some beautiful harmonising between the two of them before Paul sweeps in toward the middle and just takes it into the stratosphere. His voice really soars and he gives it all the power and emotion its due. I have always had a very emotional reaction to the song and specifically to this version. Its just big and sincere and in your face, and they go way over the top at the end with that huge sweeping guitar, and its really satisfying. Amazing that they were able to take the simple little acoustic song that this track started its life as and turn it into this epic.

    Surf's Up ... School's Out! - I loved this one and specifically because its so different from anything else on the record and anything I've ever heard Paul sing. Again, taking Paul out of his comfort zone worked very well for me. Great hearing Roger's vocals. This sounds completely like his track to me. I like the way the verses and the chorus contrast so much and that there's some different dynamics in the song. I love tempo changes in songs and songs that kind of go off in two or three different directions. I like the bridge with the twinkling synths in the middle, and then its some crunchy guitar and driving drums to take it home. It's a bit of a curveball and it just works for me. If anything I wish they had mixed it up just a tad more on the whole album.

    Small reprise - a pretty way to end the record. I find it perfectly hummable.

    So I liked it quite a bit. It's a 4 of 5 or 8 of 10 record for me. I wasn't blown away but, in fairness, I also wasn't blown away by "Jazz", "The Game", "Hot Space", "The Works", "A Kind of Magic" or "The Miracle" - all good albums to varying degrees, but none were mindblowing. This album is three flavors I like mixing it up very well and doing what they do. A nice variety of songs, and if anything, I wish there had been even more. I like that it was a pretty raw, straight forward record without a lot of gloss on it. Its very genuine in that way and I respond to that. And, in the Queen tradition, I like that its not taking itself *too* seriously, that they gave themselves the freedom to just have fun, make fun music, and just sort of be lads playing music together. On the flip side, I like that there's a lot of genuine, unadorned emotion - some hope, some sadness, some loss, some ambition. It's a rounded record, if you know what I mean. And it has a very organic, "all came out of the same pot" kind of feeling to it, which contrasts rather sharply, to my ears at least, with most of the Queen-proper studio albums starting with "The Game", all of which sound to me like 3 or 4 great singles surrounded by some very pleasant but mostly inconsequential filler, written by 4 seperate songwriters working more or less alone. Conversely, I do wish this album had had a couple of poppier tracks. Queen became as much a pop band as a rock band in the '80s and '90s, and my ears have become somewhat attuned to that.

    I absolutely think that this trio is, in every way, a new band. Being the vocalist, Paul's influence is very strong, but having heard a lot of Paul's solo work from the last 15 years, Brian and Roger's influence on Paul is crystal clear. It's a much more defined and shaped album than Paul's solo stuff, a much broader variety of sounds, and of course the elements of the classic Queen sound are easily and frequently identifiable. And I think Paul allowed Brian and Roger to be unburdened from the shackle of having to have a specific "Queen sound" that refers to something that stopped developing organically 17 years ago. I imagine that "sound" is simultaneously something they want to perpetuate since they helped create it and also something that has to feel limiting and confining at times too. "Can we do this? Does this sound 'Queen' enough?" I don't really feel that tension in this record. I'm not sitting here saying to myself "ok, this reminded me of Queen album _______ " because this just feels like a very different animal. Too many things have changed and too much time has passed to make that kind of comparison. Not a new chapter in a book so much as a new book. It just feels like a new creative entity, and rather like a second marriage. Both people bring their baggage, good and bad, from their prior marriages, and those elements blend into something that's new and old at the same time.

    After listening to "The Cosmos Rocks", I hope they make another album together as Queen + Paul Rodgers. They've made themselves a very interesting beginning, and I would really like to hear how they develop as a writing unit and as a band.

    The Queen is dead; long live the Queen....more info
  • A Marketing Ploy To Raid Their Fans Wallets, Nothing More!
    The day that Freddie Mercury died Queen Died, but for Brian May and Roger Taylor to resurrect the Queen name with Paul Rodgers even when John Deacon passed on this travesty is as plain as the nose on your face and they know it too!
    This album wouldn't sell more then a few thousand units, if that many, without the Queen name slapped on the cover! All you 4 and 5 star reviewers [except of course J. Combs, the corporate shill whose job it is to drum up interest in this prodect] ask yourselves this, would I have even heard about this album unless the Queen name was on it, if you're honest with yourselves you would have to say no!...more info
  • This is really good.
    Just listened to the whole thing after much waiting and anticipation.

    I can tell I'm gonna be playing this thing A LOT in the coming weeks....more info
  • Worth a listen
    I was all set to review this CD after hearing it once, then decided to listen again. My initial review would have been three stars, but I feel four is more appropriate.
    The title track is perhaps my least favorite on the CD. My favorites are: 'Small' (which sounds as if it could have come off the past Queen album 'The Game"); 'We Believe', which has a great Brain May guitar; 'Some Things That Glitter' and 'C-Lebrity' (Which, along with 'Call Me' I could imagine Freddie singing.)
    There are a couple more bluesy tracks, especially 'Through the Night', and while maybe not a great song, 'Surf's Up...' is a lot of fun.
    I had hoped for more Queen-like harmonies and Brian May guitar solos, but if you take this as a collaboration of May/Taylor/Rodgers and not a continuation of old Queen, I think you'll really enjoy it....more info
  • Solid Music - Not So Solid Lyrics
    Overall, this is a promising debut from QPR. The music is tight and Paul Rogers still has a healthy set of lungs on him. From the musical side, this sounds great. My quibble with this album is not the music, it's the inane lyrics on at least a few of the tracks -- most notably the "Cosmos Rockin'" opener and "Surfs Up! School's Out". They're just, well, juvenile. Like the band themselves, Queen and Paul Rogers' fan base have grown up. Songs about loud parties and school being out don't quite resonate and just come off as being immature. Others, such as the ballad "We Believe" have too much trite sweetness. One has to wonder why someone, a producer or some other adult never pulled the boys aside to suggest lyrics that might resonate with the post high-school age crowd a bit more.

    Perhaps I'm overstating the albums weaknesses however. By and large, this isn't bad - probably more a 3 1/2 star offering than a 3, but I can't get past the lyrics enough to round it up to four stars. It's refreshing to see one of the bands I admired in my youth push out in a new direction, and not getting a Freddie impersonator (See Foreigner, Journey, etc.) was a wise decision. Paul Rogers is definitely his own man, and definitely a powerful voice. I can't fault him for not being Freddie -- no one can fill those shoes.

    I hope QPR continue with future releases (featuring lyrics for adults), and it would be nice to have John Deacon return to the fold as well. Perhaps it's also time to give Spike Edney, who has been backing the band with keyboards and rhythym guitar since the 1980's his due as a full fledged band member. Queen has been sleeping with Spike for over 20 years - perhaps its time they got married.

    ...more info
  • Not for Hardcore Queen fans
    This sounds nothing like Queen,however,it is still pretty good.

    This cd took a while.I went into it expecting something new.These guys got a lot of criticism by naming it Queen and a lot of fans will indeed have problems with that.However,any person who is a fan of Queen and Paul Roger's excellent voice will be pleased with it.

    An unlikely fuse of talents emerge.

    The sound is a little more bluesy for May,but he rips it up.This is some of the best guitar work I have heard from May in a long time.Rogers is amazing,his voice is beyond comparison as so was Mercury's.It is a little more mellow and not an out right hard rocker.It is melodic and amazingly beautiful display of true musicianship.

    So.........any fan of Freddie Mercury and Queen will forgive Taylor and May for putting this out,they only took Mercury's advise when he sang :
    "The Show Must go On."...more info
  • Good Stuff!!!
    Maybe this cd isn't good enough for Queen or Paul Rodgers purists but, as for me, I can't stop listening to it. I was never a Queen fan and didn't own one single song by them until I sampled and bought this. And I'm glad I did. It's just full of good rock and roll and some decent ballads. My favorites are C-lebrity, Surf's Up Schools Out and Voodoo. Just those songs alone are worth the price of admission!!...more info
  • My Cosmos Has Been Rocked!
    Wow what a fun and satisfying debut album by these two great acts! This is real genuine classic rock music with a great selection of song styles - rock, blues, ballads, pop, new wave, even some that's a little country-tinged. Brian May and Roger Taylor bring their trademark Queen sound to the proceedings with distinctive guitar work and percussion, and Paul Rodgers has one of the greatest voices ever. They haven't lost their touch! This album beats anything in the Bad Company catalogue and is as good or better than any album Queen released in the 1980s. A true meeting of equals, the band's histories blend together to make anew and very distinctive sound of its own. Open your ears, clear out your preconceptions, and get ready to enjoy some *real* music by *real* musicians! ...more info
  • Solid Music - Not So Solid Lyrics
    Overall, this is a promising debut from QPR. The music is tight and Paul Rogers still has a healthy set of lungs on him. From the musical side, this sounds great. My quibble with this album is not the music, it's the inane lyrics on at least a few of the tracks -- most notably the "Cosmos Rockin'" opener and "Surfs Up! School's Out". They're just, well, juvenile. Like the band themselves, Queen and Paul Rogers' fan base have grown up. Songs about loud parties and school being out don't quite resonate and just come off as being immature. Others, such as the ballad "We Believe" have too much trite sweetness. One has to wonder why someone, a producer or some other adult never pulled the boys aside to suggest lyrics that might resonate with the post high-school age crowd a bit more.

    Perhaps I'm overstating the albums weaknesses however. By and large, this isn't bad - probably more a 3 1/2 star offering than a 3, but I can't get past the lyrics enough to round it up to four stars. It's refreshing to see one of the bands I admired in my youth push out in a new direction, and not getting a Freddie impersonator (See Foreigner, Journey, etc.) was a wise decision. Paul Rogers is definitely his own man, and definitely a powerful voice. I can't fault him for not being Freddie -- no one can fill those shoes.

    I hope QPR continue with future releases (featuring lyrics for adults), and it would be nice to have John Deacon return to the fold as well. Perhaps it's also time to give Spike Edney, who has been backing the band with keyboards and rhythym guitar since the 1980's his due as a full fledged band member. Queen has been sleeping with Spike for over 20 years - perhaps its time they got married.

    ...more info
  • These guys are hitting a new stride!
    As a long time Queen fan, I resisted the new line up for a long time. Then I got the Queen plus Paul Rodgers live cd as a gift and was so pleasantly surprised that when this new one came out, I had to have it. I was not disappointed! This is NOT Queen with a Freddie replacement. This is a new, different path for these musicians to tread. They do the old stuff with respect and feeling, but this new stuff, I am just so blown away with it, I cannot wait to see what the future brings! In my opinion, the best two songs on this cd are "Small" and "Time to Shine". They are beautiful, soulful ballads with heart and spirit. I just love Paul's voice, I have heard it many times in the past, he has been around a very long time, but his voice just fits these songs so perfectly. I get chills from it! Whether you are are a serious Queen fan or just a fan of really great music, this cd is not to be missed! My hats off to the guys, can't wait to see what they do next!...more info

 

 
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