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The first thing you notice about The Cosmos Rocks, the much anticipated 2008 album from Rock legends Queen + Paul Rodgers is "all tracks written by Queen and Paul Rodgers produced and performed by Brian May, Paul Rodgers and Roger Taylor" (indicating that between them they played all instruments, including bass - Paul and Brian swapping duties - in case you were going to ask). This is obviously not a case of Rodgers lightly stepping in to fill a vocal gap, as some might have been drawn to assume would be the case when the three of them got into the studio together. No, this is a full bodied, group Endeavour: May, Rodgers and Taylor in a totally democratic union, even down to equally sharing the credits. The album's dedication to legendary Queen front man 'Freddie Mercury,' (you'll also see thanks credits to John Deacon and Paul Kossoff) shows the band mates still feel his presence strongly enough to dedicate this entirely new work to him, nearly 13 years on from Queen's last studio album. 13 tracks including 'C-Lebrity'.
Paul Rodgers/Queen: Roger Taylor , Brian May.
Personnel: Paul Rodgers; Nigel "Stix" Burchett (drums).
Former Bad Company belter Paul Rodgers's bluesy, testosterone-heavy style might seem an odd replacement for late Queen singer Freddie Mercury's operatic art-rock acrobatics, but his collaboration with Queen's guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor has revitalized all three British rock stalwarts. The team-up began with a tour focused on classic Queen material, but for their first album of new material, the trio wisely avoids trying to recreate the Queen of yore; the album is credited separately to Queen and Paul Rodgers, and the songs seem to represent an equitable meeting of Queen's elegant, larger-than-life flash and Rodgers's down-and-dirty blues-rock grit, arriving at a new paradigm that alternates between the high-minded and the down-to-earth in what amounts to a classic-rock lover's wet dream come true.
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