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Reviewed by Bing Turkby

The Very Best Of: Queen

Reviewed by Bing Turkby

The Very Best Of: Queen

Ha ha – very clever name for a band isn’t it?! Once you get past that and the low-tech DIY album cover you’ll find that the band The Very Best Of is perhaps surprisingly musically accomplished. Oh, and lyrically offensive too. Their album’s loaded with lad humour. If you’ve heard F^$k Off Rugby Head by Noddy On The Cross then you get a rough idea of what track 1 on this album is like. After that it seems to fluctuate between impressive feats of musicianship and lots of burping and farting. There’s an interesting tribute to Chris Knox on track 3, which is pretty spot on (also with lots of swearing). In many places there’s an astounding musical inventiveness and a willingness to muck about with form, like an extremely blokey ‘White Album’. They veer from punky rock to chamber pop to drunken chanting. At times they stretch out in an almost jazzy manner, at other times things just run out of steam and fall apart. There’s a really good pop/rock album hiding amongst the schoolboy humour. If I was 13 again this would easily be my favourite album.