May 25, 1982
Pop/Rock, Dance-Rock, Album Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Arena Rock

Album Review

After turning out a movie soundtrack and a greatest hits LP, Queen finally got around to following up its chart-topping 1980 album The Game with Hot Space. Taking a cue from the spare, rhythmic style of the previous album's hits, "Another One Bites The Dust" and "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," the band took an austere, beat-heavy dance floor approach again, but without as much distinctiveness. The biggest American hit, "Body Language" (#11 U.S., #25 U.K.) was typical, with Freddie Mercury intoning "Give me your body" over and over, while such songs as "Back Chat" (#40 U.K.) were straight disco tracks. "Calling All Girls" (#60 U.S.) was pleasant enough, however, as far as rewrites of "Shakin' All Over" go, and "Las Palambras De Amor," the biggest U.K. hit (#17), was closer to their old rock choir approach. (The album also contained the year-old single "Under Pressure," by Queen & David Bowie.)
William Ruhlmann, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Staying Power
  2. Dancer
  3. Back Chat
  4. Body Language
  5. Action This Day
  6. Put Out the Fire
  7. Life Is Real (Song for Lennon)
  8. Calling All Girls
  9. Las Palabras de Amor (The Words of Love)
  10. Cool Cat
  11. Under Pressure
  12. Body Language [Remix][*]