Cosmos Rocks - Queen + Paul Rodgers
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  • Summary: The debut album for Paul Rogers as the lead singer is Queen's first album of new material in more than 10 years.
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 10
  2. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. Although his ghost pleasantly haunts the album in some ways (The Cosmos Rocks is actually dedicated to him), Paul Rodgers breathes new life into Queen, while still keeping the band’s tremendous legacy intact as they soldier forth with new material into the 21st century.
  2. 60
    Occasionally they stumble, as on the clunky 'Warboys.' But with Rogers imperious, Queen's second coming is vindicated. [Oct 2008, p.100]
  3. It's a shame that the end result, the first under the Queen name in 13 years, is not very memorable.
  4. As with a lot of The Cosmos Rocks, you listen to Warboys boggling that Queen--famously intelligent men--didn't at any point notice that the lyrics were stupid, trite, a bit offensive and bound to have an undermining effect on whatever musical efforts they put behind it.
  5. 40
    This ill-fitting rebirth, fronted by the defiantly ungay, unIndian and uneccentric Paul Rodgers, can be seen as an attempt to ditch the Mercury-inspired absurdity and bolster Queen’s hard 'rawkin’credentials.
  6. Freddie-less queen fail to recall old glories.
  7. 20
    This mismatched combo brings out the best in each other only on the refreshingly lightweight 'Call Me.' [Nov 2008, p.76]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 22
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 22
  3. Negative: 5 out of 22
  1. Joe
    Dec 22, 2008
    Paul Rodgers has long been a moving force (Free, Bad Company, The Firm, The Law, solo projects, etc.) that this is a surprisingly good fit for both Rodgers and Queen. No, he's not Freddie Mercury, nor is anyone quite as vocally unique as Paul Rodgers. Cosmos Rocks allows Rodgers to flourish and he's surrounded by a quality, creative and extremely talented group of musicians. Stop dreaming of a Queen without Freddie. Instead, imagine a reborn Bad Company with rich guitars, powerful musical arrangements, and outstanding vocals by Rodgers. Any fan of his voice will not want to miss this disc. Expand
  2. RobertP.
    Nov 16, 2008
    Don't believe a review you get from someone who gets a paycheck writing reviews((( what moron put Fallout Boy on the map??? note: C-Lebrity)))... This Album ROCKS!!! It was long awaited, and it is a gem for anyone who loves Queen and Paul Rodgers trademark sounds. Together they have accomplished the very thing no one believed was possible. This collection is thoughtful in the songwriting to the past standards of an epic Queen Album..( Let's be honest.. there are a couple with Freddie that were pure formula hash until Innuendo....) This is crafted, and the Guitar and Drums parts are memorable, exciting and fun... Paul Has lent an excellent tone that should be radio friendly to American Audiences. The subject matter herein is eerily relevant to the News of the World for the November 08 edition...Give a listen...Enjoy.. Turn this up, and just drive. Expand
  3. TylerB
    Nov 22, 2008
    This is NOT Queen. It's not supposed to be Queen. It's an entirely new band, and the Cosmos do indeed rock.
  4. JeffH.
    Nov 3, 2008
    Since I saw Queen opening for Mott the Hoople in Memphis, TN on April 20, 1974 I've been in love with the band. I've read some pretty crappy comments about this album but I loved Freddy and I really like this album. I haven't seen any classic rockers putting anything out close to this, think about it!!!! Expand
  5. RobynD.
    Nov 22, 2008
    Ok. Enough about this not being "Queen" enough or "Freddie" enough for you. If you hadn't noticed, dear Freddie is gone. We all miss him. We all love him. Some of us worship him. However, there are still living members of the band remaining on Earth and those gentlemen are musicians. What they PLAY MUSIC. Is it going to be Queen? No. They are missing two integral members. Paul Rodgers is a rock icon on his own. He didn't need to join with Brian and Roger to find his fame. This album is a NEW band for all three guys. It isn't Queen, it isn't Bad Co, it isn't Free. This is Q+PR. Let's judge it as if we never heard of Brian, Roger or Paul...not based on their past. The rock songs, do just that "Rock". Cosmos Rocks and C-lebrity have great guitar riffs and driving drumbeats. The bluesier songs have Paul's strong vocals and show a side of Brian and Roger that we haven't had opportunity to see before. Voodoo is definitely worth a listen, as is Still Burning. The song "Call Me" is the next sing-a-long hit at a Q+PR concert. "Small" shows a softer side and the vocals/lyrics are so engaging you find yourself hard pressed to not sing-a-long. This isn't a perfect album.. Are some lyrics a bit tired? What album have you heard that doesn't have a few tired lyrics? This is a great debut album from a new band. It is definitely worth listening to. Expand
  6. TG
    Oct 31, 2008
    What is wrong with good old fashioned Rock? Its not like there is anything out there better. I swear people just can't let go and have a good time anymore. Its rock and roll enjoy!! and let the Cosmos Rock. Expand
  7. zippychimpzippychimp
    Oct 28, 2008
    I was the biggest queen fan growing up. I even bought all the solo albums from Freddie, Brian May, and Roger Taylor. This, however, is an abomination. Dumb lyrics, weak melodies...embarrassing. They are pissing on their legacy. On behalf of all Queen fans, PLEASE STOP! Expand

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