The Works

Queen - The Works
Critic Score
Based on 3 reviews
1984 Ratings: #78 / 99
User Score
Based on 144 ratings
1984 Ratings: #57
Liked by 4 people
February 27, 1984 / Release Date
LP / Format
EMI / Parlophone / Capitol / Hollywood / Label
Pop Rock / Genres
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I enjoyed the majority of the album, as it’s a mix of their early rock sound and the rhythms of the 80s pop. Most tracks on here are really fun, with their bouncy synths and surging guitar lines, but some are just misses for me. This album is important to the Queen discography because it’s like a transition point between styles and mindset of the band overall.

Color: Orange
FAV TRACKS: It’s a Hard Life, I Want to Break Free, Hammer to Fall, Radio Ga Ga
LEAST FAV: ... read more
9. Machines (Or Back to Humans)
8. Man On the Prowl
7. Is This the World We Created...?
6. Hammer to Fall
5. Keep Passing the Open Windows
4. Tear It Up
3. I Want to Break Free
2. It's a Hard Life
1. Radio Ga Ga
Más allá de que, muy al contrario de lo que dije en algún momento en los primeros discos, no creo que a la banda, en realidad, le haya, en cierto modo “faltado tiempo para consolidarse” (porque al final siento que siguieron repitiendo una misma línea, y una misma forma de concebir a las canciones desde, digamos, el segundo o el tercer disco); este es bastante sólido, sin decir que es una maravilla, una genialidad y que por fin hizo algo excelente ... read more
A very good return to form with consistently memorable and catchy numbers, even if they didn’t have to try anything too new
While it is more interesting then Hot Space, there's something to this record that makes it more of a drag then it really should be. This album represents a band that, in a desperate attempt to 'break the mold' have created a grey mold that has stripped them of most of their personality. And while this does have some great tracks on it, it's still more of a slog then it really should be.

Favorite Jams: Hammer to Fall, It's a Hard Life, Radio Ga Ga

Lest Favorite: Machines (Or 'Back to Humans')
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Track List

  1. Radio Ga Ga
  2. Tear It Up
  3. It's a Hard Life
  4. Man on the Prowl
  5. Machines (Or 'Back to Humans')
  6. I Want to Break Free
  7. Keep Passing the Open Windows
  8. Hammer to Fall
  9. Is This the World We Created...? 
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Added on: June 9, 2013