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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. Mojo
    60
    Occasionally they stumble, as on the clunky 'Warboys.' But with Rogers imperious, Queen's second coming is vindicated. [Oct 2008, p.100]
  3. Queen 2.0 are competent enough to rock arenas, but don't expect a repeat of the glory days.
  4. It's a shame that the end result, the first under the Queen name in 13 years, is not very memorable.
  5. 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.
  6. 20
    This mismatched combo brings out the best in each other only on the refreshingly lightweight 'Call Me.' [Nov 2008, p.76]
  7. What an astronomically bad parallel universe. Queen's star is dead.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 23
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 23
  3. Negative: 5 out of 23
  1. Joe
    Dec 22, 2008
    10
    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 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
    10
    Don't believe a review you get from someone who gets a paycheck writing reviews((( what moron put Fallout Boy on the map??? note: 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
    10
    This is NOT Queen. It's not supposed to be Queen. It's an entirely new band, and the Cosmos do indeed rock.
  4. KeithA.
    Oct 31, 2008
    8
    People, Freddie is dead! I mourned as much as anybody out there, maybe more. But let these musicians move on with their careers! It's People, Freddie is dead! I mourned as much as anybody out there, maybe more. But let these musicians move on with their careers! It's not a bad album. No, it's not the Queen of old, but you've got to get over it. Expand
  5. jimd.
    Dec 16, 2008
    8
    Been a long time coming...and even tho there is no freddie this band continues to rock ! don't think they have anything to prove to the Been a long time coming...and even tho there is no freddie this band continues to rock ! don't think they have anything to prove to the public they play a blend of music to satisfy almost everyone a little blues a little lighthearted ditty and plenty of good guitar by brian....instead of a lot of noise that you see in some music we also get one with a message we need to BELIEVE in ourselves and make changes in that direction...we are indeed "small" in the global picture....react !!! Expand
  6. JohnB.
    Nov 17, 2008
    8
    Once again people try to make something what its not. This is not a Queen album with Freddie Mercury! It is a good rock album with Paul Once again people try to make something what its not. This is not a Queen album with Freddie Mercury! It is a good rock album with Paul Rodgers singing. The lyrics are a little lame at points but the musicisnship, vocals and songs are top notch. It kind of takes me back to earlier Queen, which for me is a breath of fresh air. Queen rocked prior to 1980. What this album needed was a couple more "rocking" songs. It is a little slow (reminiscent of the Burning Sky era of Bad Company) but all in all its a very good album that I think is worth giving a couple listens. They're back and they sound great, lets not compare. Lets enjoy! Expand
  7. zippychimpzippychimp
    Oct 28, 2008
    0
    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 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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