am riding the QUEEN wave for attention by giving my take on the two solo albums that were released by FREDDIE MERCURY. The first being MR. BAD GUY released on APRIL 29th, 1985, the second being BARCELONA which was released OCTOBER 10th, 1988. I don't know if BARCELONA counts since it was technically recorded with MONSTERRAT CABALLE. MONSTERRAT CABALLE was a Spanish Operatic Soprano who passed away on OCTOBER 6th of this year. Which I have just learned from googling her.
This is my first time listening to the albums and don't know much of the history behind them. I believe that BARCELONA was recorded after MERCURY was approached to sing a song about BARCELONA for the OLYMPICS. I may be wrong but I blame movie "BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY" because you don't have to tell history as it was.
Starting off with the 1985 release of MR. BAD GUY, FREDDIE MERCURY is astounding on this album however it is a very 80's driven album and a relic of the time that it was released, it doesn't really do much to pioneer forward in music but definitely allowed MERCURY the ability to experiment with the sounds of the era. With that said, I think that MR. BAD GUY is probably the best track on the album but ultimately this album is easily forgotten which is why a lot of people probably don't even know that it exists. Overall it was decent, it didn't blow my mind or anything crazy. It's not something that I would willingly revisit and listen to over and over again but may pull it out if I'm trying to impress someone with my superior music knowlege and lack of a sex life.
Next up his second album, 1988's BARCELONA with MONSTERRAT CABALLE. I thought this album was amazing. I didn't do any research and had no knowlege of the album before going into it, in fact I had just learned about it maybe 2 hours before writing this but it was an entire opera album. FREDDIE MERCURY singing opera! FREDDY and MONSTERRAT singing together was beautiful. I don't know anything about opera to give it a fair comparison to anything but the album was aesthetically pleasing to the ears. While I really enjoyed the album, it also isn't an album that I would necessarily listen to over and over again but it was definitely worth the listen and I may revisit it at a later point just to have something a bit different to listen to but it's understandable why you don't really hear about this album, it's opera. How many people who don't have something up their ass brag to you about how they listen to opera? Not that many.
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