Year 4, Day 8: Queen – The Game
- Play the Game
- Dragon Attack
- Another One Bites the Dust
- Need Your Loving Tonight
- Crazy Little Thing Called Love
- Rock It (Prime Jive)
- Don’t Try Suicide
- Sail Away Sweet Sister
- Coming Soon
- Save Me
About the Album
The Game is the eighth studio album from British rock band, Queen. The album is also their most successful album in the United States of America, reaching number one on the Billboard 200 and being their most commercially successful album in the States at 4 million copies sold to date. The album was recorded in two parts from June-July 1979 and February-May 1989. The album was released June 30th 1980 through EMI and Parlophone Records in Europe and Elektra and Hollywood Records in the United States.
Thoughts on the Album
If you ask most people about British rock band Queen, they will rattle off song after song at is their favorite: whether it’s We Will Rock You or We Are the Champions or Don’t Stop Me Now, or Bohemian Rhapsody or another song from the massive library of Queen songs. So it should come to no surprise that Queen had no problem creating epic anthems and songs that are instant classics as well as instantly recognizable.
Today’s album, The Game is more of the same from the British rockers, but with a shift in style. If you talk to most critics about The Game, most will say that is a polished, glossy, and unabashed pop album with rock styling. I mean, the album rocks, but not in the way that previous Queen albums have. Take Crazy Little Thing Called Love, for example. It’s a great song that’s purely an uncharacteristically rockabilly rocker and a pretty sly way of reviving old-timey rock and roll. Let’s face it, this album is less heavy metal and more transitional.
But I digress. There are some pretty good tunes found here. Dragon Attack, is a straight up rocker with heavy bass and hard rock style. Or you have an almost perfect pop hit in Play the Game, which I would say is precursor to such tracks as One Vision and The Miracle. Or there is the Brian May written Save Me, which in my estimation could be the best song May ever wrote. While it’s the same pop-rock style, verse-chorus-verse-guitar solo kind of tune that Queen wouldn’t have been caught dead making in earlier albums, it’s still a beautiful track. It has a great ebb and flow that builds up to an incredible guitar solo that only Brian May himself could pull off.
Of course, then there is the smash, world conquering hit… Another One Bites the Dust. I don’t even need to say anything about it… it’s ranks right up there, top 5 most instantly recognizable Queen tracks.
Most bands over time change their style and sound up in order to survive. Queen was no exception to this. While The Game and albums like Jazz don’t deserve half the flak they get, this is an album that massively successful and popular. I mean… with two number one hits on it (Crazy Little Thing Called Love and Another One Bites the Dust), it’s hard to argue against this album. While not their best work, it’s still and excellent album worth listening to.