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Another World

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"Business," the second song on Brian May's third solo album, finds the guitarist recording the type of ferocious hard rock that he became known for with Queen in the early '70s. With a great pop hook and churning heavy guitars, it's arguably the best thing he's done as a solo artist. The rest of the album doesn't quite live up to its opening, but it shows May has grown more confident in his singing and in playing balls-to-the-wall hard rock than on 1992's Back to the Light. Songs like "China Belle" and "The Guv'nor" contain enough '70s-styled bombastic rock to satisfy May's many fans, while "On My Way Up," with its catchy groove and gospel-like backup singers, is irresistible in its optimism. Unfortunately, May does get lost at times. His ballads tend to come off as bland compared to the ones he wrote while in Queen, while the over-the-top metal exercise, "Cyborg," with its processed vocals, doesn't work at all. May is much better sticking to what he knows best, catchy but eccentric hard rock. The album draws near a close with three covers, and while two of them, including Jimi Hendrix's "One Rainy Wish," do come off as clunky, May's spirited live version of Mott the Hoople's "All the Way From Memphis" is absolutely riveting.
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1
Space
00:00:47

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Justin Shirley-Smith, Producer, Engineer, Co-Producer, Sound Supervisor, StudioPersonnel - Brian May, Producer, Keyboards, Vocals, Programming, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kris Fredriksson, Producer, Additional Producer, Sound Supervisor

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2
Business
00:05:06

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Justin Shirley-Smith, Producer, Engineer, Co-Producer, Sound Supervisor, StudioPersonnel - Brian May, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Bass, Programming, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Cozy Powell, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Kris Fredriksson, Producer, Additional Producer, Sound Supervisor - Neil Amor, Additional Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Duck Productions Ltd.

3
China Belle
00:04:01

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Justin Shirley-Smith, Producer, Engineer, Co-Producer, Sound Supervisor, StudioPersonnel - Brian May, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Programming, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Cozy Powell, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Murray, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Kris Fredriksson, Producer, Additional Producer, Sound Supervisor

℗ 2022 Duck Productions Ltd.

4
Why Don’t We Try Again
00:05:23

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Justin Shirley-Smith, Producer, Engineer, Co-Producer, Sound Supervisor, StudioPersonnel - Brian May, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Bass, Programming, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Cozy Powell, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - David Richards, Producer, Recording Producer - Kris Fredriksson, Producer, Additional Producer, Sound Supervisor

℗ 2022 Duck Productions Ltd.

5
On My Way Up
00:02:56

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Justin Shirley-Smith, Producer, Engineer, Co-Producer, Sound Supervisor, StudioPersonnel - Brian May, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Bass, Programming, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kris Fredriksson, Producer, Additional Producer, Sound Supervisor - Shelley Preston, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Cathy Porter, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 Duck Productions Ltd.

6
Cyborg
00:03:53

Taylor Hawkins, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Justin Shirley-Smith, Producer, Engineer, Co-Producer, Sound Supervisor, StudioPersonnel - Brian May, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Bass, Programming, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kris Fredriksson, Producer, Additional Producer, Sound Supervisor

℗ 2022 Duck Productions Ltd.

7
The Guv’nor
00:04:12

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jeff Beck, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Justin Shirley-Smith, Producer, Engineer, Co-Producer, Sound Supervisor, StudioPersonnel - Brian May, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Bass, Programming, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Cozy Powell, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Kris Fredriksson, Producer, Additional Producer, Sound Supervisor - Neil Amor, Additional Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Clive Drew-Clifton, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2022 Duck Productions Ltd.

8
Wilderness
00:04:52

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Justin Shirley-Smith, Producer, Engineer, Co-Producer, Sound Supervisor, StudioPersonnel - Brian May, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Programming, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kris Fredriksson, Producer, Additional Producer, Sound Supervisor

℗ 2022 Duck Productions Ltd.

9
Slow Down
00:04:17

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - LARRY WILLIAMS, ComposerLyricist - Justin Shirley-Smith, Producer, Engineer, Co-Producer, Sound Supervisor, StudioPersonnel - Brian May, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Cozy Powell, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Murray, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Kris Fredriksson, Producer, Additional Producer, Sound Supervisor - Spike Edney, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Jamie Moses, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 Duck Productions Ltd.

10
One Rainy Wish
00:04:04

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Justin Shirley-Smith, Producer, Engineer, Co-Producer, Sound Supervisor, StudioPersonnel - Jimi Hendrix, ComposerLyricist - Eddie Kramer, Producer, Co-Producer - Brian May, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Programming, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Cozy Powell, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Murray, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Kris Fredriksson, Producer, Additional Producer, Sound Supervisor

℗ 2022 Duck Productions Ltd.

11
All The Way From Memphis
00:05:16

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Justin Shirley-Smith, Producer, Engineer, Co-Producer, Sound Supervisor, StudioPersonnel - Brian May, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Bass, Programming, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Cozy Powell, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Ian Hunter, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kris Fredriksson, Producer, Additional Producer, Sound Supervisor - Shelley Preston, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Becci Glover, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Nikki Love, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2022 Duck Productions Ltd.

12
Another World
00:04:07

Ken Taylor, Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Justin Shirley-Smith, Producer, Engineer, Co-Producer, Sound Supervisor, StudioPersonnel - Brian May, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Programming, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Steve Ferrone, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - David Richards, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Kris Fredriksson, Producer, Additional Producer, Sound Supervisor

℗ 2022 Duck Productions Ltd.

13
Being On My Own
00:02:23

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Justin Shirley-Smith, Producer, Engineer, Co-Producer, Sound Supervisor, StudioPersonnel - Brian May, Composer, Producer, Keyboards, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Kris Fredriksson, Producer, Additional Producer, Sound Supervisor

℗ 2022 Duck Productions Ltd.

Album Description

"Business," the second song on Brian May's third solo album, finds the guitarist recording the type of ferocious hard rock that he became known for with Queen in the early '70s. With a great pop hook and churning heavy guitars, it's arguably the best thing he's done as a solo artist. The rest of the album doesn't quite live up to its opening, but it shows May has grown more confident in his singing and in playing balls-to-the-wall hard rock than on 1992's Back to the Light. Songs like "China Belle" and "The Guv'nor" contain enough '70s-styled bombastic rock to satisfy May's many fans, while "On My Way Up," with its catchy groove and gospel-like backup singers, is irresistible in its optimism. Unfortunately, May does get lost at times. His ballads tend to come off as bland compared to the ones he wrote while in Queen, while the over-the-top metal exercise, "Cyborg," with its processed vocals, doesn't work at all. May is much better sticking to what he knows best, catchy but eccentric hard rock. The album draws near a close with three covers, and while two of them, including Jimi Hendrix's "One Rainy Wish," do come off as clunky, May's spirited live version of Mott the Hoople's "All the Way From Memphis" is absolutely riveting.
© Geoff Orens /TiVo

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