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EDITORS’ NOTES

Anyone remotely familiar with the music of Queen understands that filling the shoes of the late, great Freddie Mercury is pretty much impossible. Mercury had arguably the most vocal control and dynamic range of any classic rock 'n' roll singer. But to be fair you can't approach listening to The Cosmos Rocks expecting the Free/Bad Company frontman Paul Rodgers to replace Mercury. And in fact, listening to this album it's obvious that Queen never intended to replace him. Instead, the band has crafted songs to fit with Rodgers' own unique voice and it definitely works. Brian May and Roger Taylor import their glammy, triumphant, stadium rock leaving plenty of loosened room for Rodgers to get his signature boogie on — and their chemistry blends like chocolate and peanut butter. Rodgers' vocals sound as young as they did on Free's "All Right Now" or Bad Company's "Ready For Love" and Queen still rocks as hard as they ever did, even getting their flawless, airtight harmonies soaring on songs like "Still Burnin'" and especially on the intro to "Call Me" which pulls from the taut power pop that Queen played on The Game and on 1980's Flash Gordon soundtrack.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Anyone remotely familiar with the music of Queen understands that filling the shoes of the late, great Freddie Mercury is pretty much impossible. Mercury had arguably the most vocal control and dynamic range of any classic rock 'n' roll singer. But to be fair you can't approach listening to The Cosmos Rocks expecting the Free/Bad Company frontman Paul Rodgers to replace Mercury. And in fact, listening to this album it's obvious that Queen never intended to replace him. Instead, the band has crafted songs to fit with Rodgers' own unique voice and it definitely works. Brian May and Roger Taylor import their glammy, triumphant, stadium rock leaving plenty of loosened room for Rodgers to get his signature boogie on — and their chemistry blends like chocolate and peanut butter. Rodgers' vocals sound as young as they did on Free's "All Right Now" or Bad Company's "Ready For Love" and Queen still rocks as hard as they ever did, even getting their flawless, airtight harmonies soaring on songs like "Still Burnin'" and especially on the intro to "Call Me" which pulls from the taut power pop that Queen played on The Game and on 1980's Flash Gordon soundtrack.

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