Queen – Hot Space (Album Review)

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I’m really not one to get excited for Christmas just because it happens to be Christmas. I don’t criticize those who do, quite the contrary, I envy them. Spending time with your family and friends, listening to Christmas music, giving and receiving gifts, it’s all nice enough. But it doesn’t exactly make me go over the top in the same way I see it happen to some folks. I just don’t feel like it’s different from any other day spent in the company of the people I love and to the background of my favorite music. I think true happiness is often generated by an element of surprise, by spontaneity. Christmas often feels ritualistic, like you’re supposed to have fun because everybody else does, and that has always felt a bit forced to me.

Having said all that, I can say this has been a truly great Christmas for one particular reason: this article right here. I wrote it for the wonderful website Culture Sonar (link below) and I put a lot of work and passion into it. But that’s what I feel I do with everything I write, so what exactly took me by surprise? The reception. Simply put, this is the most amount of feedback I’ve received for any of my work, and it’s been quite astounding. It’s one thing to post a photo of you or to share a song on Facebook, but to receive over 500 likes and 80 comments in 5 days (and another 90 likes and 56 comments on a Queen group I posted the article in) for something you’ve worked hard on really is another feeling.

It feels weird bragging about things like that, because I don’t write in order to chase likes and comments. Still, I would be lying if I said that so many people reading and responding to my thoughts does not make me damn happy and proud. I even got a few negative comments, which is wonderful because it means I really struck a chord somewhere. It’s things like these that motivate me to keep on writing more and more, even in my moments of self-doubt (which I’m sure every writer goes through). It was truly my Christmas gift, one I was definitely not expecting. Hope all is well with you too and see you next year!

An Unjustly Forgotten Queen Album

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  1. Congratulations Ovidiu – your writing deserves such praise. Onward and upward.

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  2. Congratulations. I’m glad I found your blog.

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  3. Terrific reappraisal – as a band they had the same issues transitioning from the 70’s to the 80’s as many bands and solo Artists, but as you point out, they did so without destroying the fabric of their sound – bravo!

    Here is a look I took at their classic “A Night At The Opera” as well –

    https://johnrieber.com/2014/02/23/queens-brilliant-night-at-the-opera-freddie-mercurys-musical-madness/

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  4. Great stuff, Ovidiu – your writing always tends to get me thinking about music even when it’s an artist I’m not that fussed about (like McCartney!). That’s a great thing.

    As for Hot Space, I’ve only recently been delving back into Queen’s stuff and haven’t gotten around to this one yet, but I shall bump it up the list.

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  5. Terrific last paragraph Ovidiu – I too have little interest in “chasing likes” but when people respond to something you’ve put a lot of effort into, it feels great for sure – congats on the Queen article!

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  6. Congratulations. A little applause never hurt anybody. 🙂

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  7. Thank you for defending “Hot Space” because I’ve always liked it! “It’s a dance album, but it’s a damn fine one at that.” You got it!

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  8. Congratulations Ovidiu! Happy New Year too 🙂

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  9. Well done Ovi, your writing is always well considered, researched and most importantly shows your passion for music, both good and bad. You’re obviously doing good judging from the feedback on Facebook.

    By way of contrast, one of my reviews from last year drew comments from fans saying that they were going to come around to my house and beat me up. Someone even posted my name and full address of Facebook, before someone complained and the post was pulled. Both the artist and record company copied and pasted my negative review on their FB page and my little blog was invaded by 1000 visitors an hour for the next 48 hours. None of them left comments on my site (it requires an email address), but they spilled bile about me and the review for days after. The artist in question was asked if he would attack me at home, and his answer was “I tour and travel to many cities”….creepy.

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