Courier Classics: A Night at the Opera

Em Richardson writes about one of her favourite albums from Queen

Em Richardson
26th February 2020
A lot of the time, popular music can seem over-rated. However, every now and then, that special album comes along that’s entirely worthy of all the praise. For me, this will always be Queen’s A Night at the Opera.

Of course, most people associate this album with 'Bohemian Rhapsody', which is, undeniably, Queen’s most famous song. It’s a great song too, full of memorable lyrics and epic guitar solos. Yet, I don’t think it should be the main reason this album is still so loved, 45 years after its initial release. It’s true that it’s a great tune, but let’s not discard the rest of the album.

From 'You’re my Best Friend' (my personal favourite), to 'Love of my Life', to 'God Save the Queen', this is an album that encompasses every emotion, from joy, to sadness, to all-out hyper-active craziness. Whatever mood you’re in, this is an album with a song that fits (even if the lyrics don’t always make sense!). Several of the songs became hits in their own right and I think it’s time that we remember this album, and indeed Queen in general, for more than just the one song.

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