The first music since 1995 from Queen but this time without the late Freddie Mercury and bassist John Deacon that is living a quiet and private life without touring and recording. The mega voice Paul Rodgers is the new frontman and I think it´s a good idea that they call themselves Queen and Paul Rodgers because their new album sound more like a Bad Company/Free record than Queen´s pomprock style. Paul Rodgers is singing lead on all the songs except the ballad "Say it´s not true" that features lead vocals from bothPaul, Brian and Roger. The new single "C-lebrity" features some really great lyrics about modern stardom and the song bring thoughts to the Queen classic "Tie your mother down". The first 3 tracks "Cosmos rocking", "Time to shine" and "Still burnin´" are the best tracks here, in some moments they could be lost cousins to the 80´s Queen song "Hammer to fall". On the downside we find the terrible "Call me" that sounds like a poor Irish folk song version of "Crazy little thing called love" and the bluesy "Voodoo" that never should´ve made it to the record. This is a rocknroll record so don´t expect any pomp on "Cosmos rocks", but Paul Rodgers is a fantastic singer so I cannot say it´s bad - it just doesn´t sound like Queen.
Melodic Net Comments
This record was somewhat a disappointment for me. If it wasn't for the wonderful song "Say it's not true" and the all through great vocals by Paul Rogers, it would not be anything left. When Queen and Paul Rogers play live, they have a great playlist with classic Queen songs mixed up with songs by Free and Bad Company, and I hope they don't throw in too many songs from "The Cosmos Rocks" on future gigs. How ever, it is always a pleasure to hear Paul Rogers sing.
Lostprophets recorded their 4th album with John Feldmann and Bob Rock but wasn´t happy with the result and wanted the album to be darker. The band decided to self produce the album instead which has the title "Its not the end of the world but I can see it from here". A summer release 2009 is expected.