A good album but not their best. It was a transition album from their earliest sound to the multi-layered masterpieces that were the Marx Brothers albums.
It is an uneven album with some great songs but a few clunkers.
1 Brighton Rock was nothing more than an extension of Son and Daughter and an attempt to put Brian's guitar solo on viny.
2 Killer Queen was their first mega-hit and really showed what they could do in the studio, which is interesting since Brian's guitar is practically missing from the song.
3 Tenement Funster is classic Roger. Just a little out of place yet interesting and memorable
4 Flick of the Wrist, a wonderful edgy song by Freddie. A precursor to Death on Two Legs
5 Lily of the Valley, a beautiful song that really shows off their studio wizardry
6 Now I'm Here, ya gotta have a concert staple. This song became a beast in a very short time
7 In the Lap of the Gods is an interesting song but one of the weaker ones on the album. I swear I saw them perform it on their ADatR tour in Chicago, but I can't find it on any setlists or boots from that tour.
8 Stone Cold Crazy is a great rocker. This was speed metal before there was such a thing. Didn't Freddie bring this song from Wreckage?
9 Dear Friends - I was 15 when I first heard this song. It do think it is one of the most beautiful songs ever written.
10 Misfire - This is Johns first song on a Queen album, not his best but admirable non the less
11 Bring Back that Leroy Brown is a classic example of how Queen was not bound by any "rock" standards and could turn on a dime at any moment - great song.
12 She Makes Me - Now there's a head scratcher.
13 In the Lap of the Gods Revisited was their concert closer for a time. This is a great ballad, but not as great as some of their later ones.