By Tonio Sheepe
This album not only has one of the ugliest album covers of all time, but its quality aged horribly. Very poppy, the album suffers from a production that is too « 80’s », dripping synths, laborious effects and drum machines that remind of the worst 80’s pop/rock songs (take « Rain Must Fall » for example). The album starts badly with the bland and annoying synthetic jam « Party » followed by the lukewarm rocker « Khashoggi’s Ship », and continues on this way, wobbling most of the time between kitsch synth songs and failed rockers. If I should save ONE song from the album, it’s of course mega-hit hard-rocker « I Want It All », one of the greatest songs of the ‘80s, which is simply irresistible and the album version is much better than the single version. This is the main reason why I add one star to my review. Unfortunately, just one hit single can’t save the album, which is certainly one of Queen’s worst productions. A truly dispensable record!