Sheer Heart Attack

Queen - Sheer Heart Attack
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
1974 Ratings: #30 / 93
User Score
Based on 223 ratings
1974 Ratings: #35
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November 8, 1974 / Release Date
LP / Format
EMI / Parlophone / Elektra / Hollywood / Label
Hard Rock, Glam Rock / Genres
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This record is a major step up from 'Queen II', as the band is starting to get into the rhythm of changing up styles. Although there are some duds prevalent on here, the amount of experimentation cannot be argued against. The first half of the album is amazing, yet the second half slows down a bit and kind of bores.

Color: Grey
FAV TRACKS: Killer Queen, Flick of the Wrist, Lily of the Valley, Tenement Funster, Now I'm Here
LEAST FAV: In the Lap of the Gods
How is it that this album still packs all the punch that it did 40 years ago? The accessible experimentation that this band went through makes this one of the most cohesive, interesting and fluid Queen albums since...well, the previous Queen album. It's an album that has such great musicianship, themes and ideas, and displays those ideas by firing off on all cylinders. While sometimes it does play into the goofy side, it's still highly entertaining to listen to, and at the end of the day that's ... read more
This is probably Queen's first great album. Everything about it is just so entertaining, from the themes to the instrumentation to Freddie's amazing voice. Whilst I still wouldn't say this is Queen's best work, this is still an extremely fun and enjoyable listen with a lot of great tracks.

Favourite Tracks: Killer Queen; Stone Cold Crazy; In The Lap Of The Gods; Now I'm Here; Flick Of The Wrist

Least Favourite Tracks: Tenement Funster; Brighton Rock
Edit: Upon revisiting this album, I actually found it to be a few steps back from where I saw it previously. I think most of my thoughts are resoundingly true, but I think overall the album just didn't speak to me like it did at a different point in time. I'll leave that review here but want to recognize that my interest in albums changes over time and this just happens to be one of those albums.

Previous rating: 78

A year before A Night At The Opera, the group were still toying with their ... read more
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Track List

  1. Brighton Rock
  2. Killer Queen
  3. Tenement Funster
  4. Flick of the Wrist
  5. Lily of the Valley
  6. Now I'm Here
  7. In the Lap of the Gods
  8. Stone Cold Crazy
  9. Dear Friends
  10. Misfire
  11. Bring Back That Leroy Brown
  12. She Makes Me (Stormtrooper in Stilettos)
  13. In the Lap of the Gods... Revisited
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Added on: June 9, 2013