KILLER QUEEN: A TRIBUTE TO QUEEN
I recently purchased Killer Queen and thought I might start a discussion on it (I haven't seen one around lately).
I'll go through each track individually and leave my thoughts and opinions. Feel free to comment as I'm sure many of you might dissagree with some of the things I have to say upon the matter.
We Are The Champions - Gavin DeGraw
Personally, this song struck a chord for me. You can tell Mr. DeGraw put something special into his interpretation of the song, however it's still not as powerful as its original. The ending of the song was kind of overkilled, but that's how Queen always did it. Only they could actually pull it off.
Tie Your Mother Down - Shinedown
This cover version of Tie Your Mother Down is as hard rocking as ever and you can definetly feel that contemporary vibe. My opinion is subject to change, but it is one hell of a cover.
Bohemian Rhapsody - Constantine M. Featuring The Cast of We Will Rock You
I've felt skeptical about any one covering this song before ever having even listened to this version. It ain't half bad, and I must commend Constantine for his wonderful vocals. It's worth a lesson, but needless to say it's nothing like its original (as to be expected). I must say that the cast of We Will Rock You made a wonderful contribution.
Stone Cold Crazy - Eleven With Joshua Homme
I was taken back slightly when hearing how slow the tempo was in this cover version. I do respect their unusual choice in tempo change, as it does create for a unique feel. I guess it's just not what would have been expected, I mean it was a thrash metal tune, wasn't it? Where's the climax of this cover version? It's just so flat and smooth if you know what I mean. Oh well, I guess this cover will grow on me over time.
Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy - Jason Mraz
Wonderful! I've always loved this song to begin with and Jason Mraz brought that romantic feel straight to the listener. The one thing I'll say is that this song feels rather relaxed, which is slightly different than the original, but that's alright because it still sounds splendid!
Under Pressure - Joss Stone
I recall hearing this song on my local hard rock station and they said "I bet Freddie is turning in his grave." I wouldn't be too sure about this song, it does demonstrate a unique twist. I guess it has an R&B feel to it. This isn't my style of music, but it's still nice. 'Nice' being the key word. I'll leave it at that.
Who Wants To Live Forever - Breaking Benjamin
I love the acoustic! So what if it's missing that great big symphony orchestra, it sounds beautiful and in a word 'intense.' It's a nice approach, then again I've always admired Breaking Benjamin.
Bicycle Race - Be Your Own Pet
What in the hell is this? It's not my cup of tea, but at least they kept the bicycle bells. It's cute though. lol
Crazy Little Thing Called Love - Josh Kelley
I admire the pop feel, it's awesome. I still prefer the rockabilly feel, but this is still a nice interpretation. In a word I guess it's 'refreshing.'
Sleeping on the Sidewalk - Los Lobos
I couldn't stop laughing for some reason when I first heard this track. It's very tongue in cheek, but kind of stale. It was interesting how they changed the lyric from "I was sleeping like a princess" to "I was sleeping like a king." Just thought I'd point that out.
Killer Queen - Sum 41
A lovely cover of Killer Queen. The vocals, the harmony, and the percussian stayed true to the original. Oh, and I love the entrance, it's similar to the ending of the original song done by Queen.
"Fuck today, it's tomorrow." - Freddie Mercury