Tuesday, July 20, 2010

80s Jams #05: Queen & David Bowie "Under Pressure" (1982)

...The album's undeniable saving grace is the concluding "Under Pressure," an utterly majestic, otherworldly duet with David Bowie that recaptures the effortless grace of Queen's mid-'70s peak, but is underscored with a truly affecting melancholy heart that gives it a genuine human warmth unheard in much of their music. Frankly, "Under Pressure" is the only reason most listeners remember this album, which is as much a testament to the song's strength as it is to the rather desultory nature of the rest of Hot Space. -- Allmusic http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:jnfpxqyaldke

P.S. For the record, "Body Language" is also on Hot Space which is not nearly as good as "Under Pressure," but is still nothing short of fucking awesome. Although next to "Under Pressure," there isn't much left from the 1980's that can really hold a candle.. Kind of an unfair comparison...

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