Review #128: A Night At The Opera, Queen

Karla Clifton
2 min readJul 5, 2021

#128: A Night At The Opera, Queen

I listened to this album one day and had a desperate craving for Shake Shack, so I went and got it. Now I’ll always want Shake Shack when I hear this album. Have you ever had Shake Shack’s vegetarian burger? It’s a fried portobello mushroom that’s stuffed with cheese. Wow.

I love Queen because they’re a pretty democratic band. Several of them wrote songs on this band, and they all had nothing but wonderful things to say about Freddie Mercury. Also Brian May is an astrophysicist!

This is the only Queen album on the list, which seems fair to me since it’s got the most hits on it, but it’s a shame that “Fat Bottomed Girls,” “We Will Rock You,” “We Are The Champions,” and “Somebody To Love” didn’t make it. Also a shame that Freddie Mercury died a tragic death.


“Death On Two Legs (Dedicated To…)” — They’re so dramatic and badass. Freddie Mercury wrote this song!

“Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon” — Queen does love their charming British ditties.

“I’m In Love With My Car” — This song is considerably more insane than I remember every time I hear it. Told my girl I’d have to forget her/ Rather buy me a new carburetor/ So, she made tracks, saying … “Cars don’t talk back/ They’re just four-wheeled friends, now.”

“You’re My Best Friend” —When I was a kid my best friend burned this to a CD for me. This song makes me grin like an idiot still.

“’39” — Wow, why are the Brits so much better at country music than us?!

“The Prophet’s Song” — This is like a less campy “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and Freddie Mercury’s vocalization solo with that horrifying effect is going to haunt me for a long time.

“Good Company” — Is that a ukulele?!

“Bohemian Rhapsody” — Fun fact: Like every other choir kid, I sang this in high school. However, I was an alto, and did not sing the melody. Now I always sing a weird nonsense harmony along to this song when it comes on the radio, which is often. Also, it was a cappella, so I also do “Deer neer neer nuh nuh nuh nuh!” during the guitar part.


“Love Of My Life” — Even for piano ballads, this song is slow.


Gosh, the last time I went to Shake Shack they had a burnt sugar milkshake, too. Isn’t it crazy how memories related to music last so much longer than other memories? Every time I hear “Bohemian Rhapsody” now, I’m gonna get hungry.

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