Another World (album di Brian May del 1998)

ANOTHER WORLD è il secondo e finora ultimo disco da solista di Brian May. Inizialmente pensato solo come album di cover di classici del rock’n’roll, venne successivamente sviluppato come progetto autonomo pur lasciando un residuo di interpretazioni di altri artisti.

A riguardo di ciò nella parte finale è presente un blocco di 3 cover di artisti vicini per ispirazione o per amicizia allo storico chitarrista britannico, ovvero One Rainy Wish di Jimi Hendrix, l’infuocata Slow Down di Larry Williams ed infine l’omaggio all’amico Ian Hunter ed ai suoi Mott the Hoople con il superclassico All the way from Memphis, registrato dal vivo con la presenza dello stesso Hunter alle tastiere. In una successiva edizione per il mercato giapponese sono state incluse altre due interpretazioni quali Hot Patootie di Meat Loaf e FBI di Hank Marvin.

Passando ai brani a firma di Brian May, il chitarrista continua il suo percorso autonomo dallo stile Queen privilegiando un ottimo gusto per l’hard rock. Il brano di apertura Business è un ottimo esempio con chitarre molto pesanti in un ritmo ossessivamente compassato. Quasi identico discorso per la successiva China Belle, che racconta di una sensuale ragazza cinese. Il clima si fa ancora più caldo con Cyborg, dove si sfocia nell’heavy metal, ed infine May si regala un duetto a forza di assoli infuocati con l’amico Jeff Beck in The guv’nor. Ma il nostro rimane anche e soprattutto un ottimo compositore di ballads melodiche, ed il novero si arricchisce di episodi come la sofferta Why don’t we try again, l’allegra On my way up, trascinata dai cori femminili di Catherine Porter e Kelly Preston, la malinconica Wilderness ed il brano di congedo Another world.

L’album è principalmente dedicato alla memoria di Cozy Powell, batterista che componeva la band del tour di BACK TO THE LIGHT tragicamente scomparso per un incidente stradale. A lui è infatti dedicata anche la controcopertina del singolo Business, con tanto di testo in memoria. Per il resto Brian May dimostra anche con questo lavoro di essersi meritato la palma di miglior carriera solista dei quattro Queen con pochi album ma che hanno saputo sempre fare centro ed accrescerne il mito.  

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