A Day at the Races

Queen - A Day at the Races
Critic Score
Based on 3 reviews
1976 Ratings: #76 / 91
User Score
Based on 241 ratings
1976 Ratings: #35
Liked by 17 people
December 10, 1976 / Release Date
LP / Format
EMI, Elektra / Label
Queen / Producer
Hard Rock / Genres
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This is imo the weakest album Queen had put out at the time. While there are a lot of really strong moments on this album there's also some really boring moments on here that really drag it down.

Tie Your Mother Down opens this album and shows a return of the more rock oriented sound they had on their early records compared to the operatic, showtunes-ish and experimental sound they were playing with on ANATO. Love the kinda bluesy hard rock riff on this song, it kicks a lot of ass.

After ... read more
Queen's charm and fun is.....still here on this album. Yeah, I guess the genral public opinion on Queen is now "Love them or Hate them." I would have never thought that Queen would become one of those super devisive like Captain Beefheart or Coldplay. There was a long period of time where "Queen is good" was the most cold take on Earth. And now, you're a straight up boomer.

Look, I like Queen. I like their complex arrengments, they're fun operatic attitude, their cute and ... read more
Following the succes of A Night at the Opera, Queen went and made a more restrained album, with less variety of genres and in a more serious manner, but mantaining the operatic style of their past work. People say sequels are never good, and most of the time they're right, but there are exceptions, and Races is one of them, as most of it's songs are great.
Privacy is something important, and Queen makes it clear in the opener Tie Your Mother Down, a powerforce hard rock piece that narrates a ... read more
Queen's fifth album (and first since their worldwide breakthrough) follows the same operatic and royal aesthetic as the previous record in both the music in it and its title (based on two movies by the Marx brothers).
With this said, "A Day At The Races" has a more burlesque and laid back feel to it in my opinion, it's like the band recorded this album filled with the optimism that the massive success brought to them...But that can be a double edged sword.
While this optimism could be ... read more
Tie Your Mother Down ~ ★★★☆☆
You Take My Breath Away ~ ★★★★☆
Long Away ~ ★★★☆☆
The Millionaire Waltz ~ ★★★★☆
You and I ~ ★★★★☆
Somebody to Love ~ ★★★★★
White Man ~ ★★★☆☆
Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy ~ ★★★★★
Drowse ~ ★★★★☆
Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together) ~ ★★★★☆
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Track List

  1. Tie Your Mother Down
  2. You Take My Breath Away
  3. Long Away
  4. The Millionaire Waltz
  5. You and I
  6. Somebody to Love
  7. White Man
  8. Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy
  9. Drowse
  10. Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together)  
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Added on: June 1, 2013