Mother Love (canzone dei Queen del 1995)

Mother Love è una canzone inclusa nell’album MADE IN HEAVEN del 1995, pubblicato 4 anni dopo la morte del celebre frontman Freddie Mercury e contenente le ultime sessioni di registrazione effettuate in vita nell’estate del 1991, pochi mesi prima della scomparsa. Il brano in questione è in assoluto l’ultimo registrato e quindi di riflesso rappresenta l’ultima testimonianza vocale di Mercury all’interno della sua storica band.

Il brano è frutto di una collaborazione a quattro mani May/Mercury, in quanto l’insieme è sorretto da un loop con la drum machine, quindi non vede il contributo di Roger Taylor e John Deacon si limita a qualche sporadica linea di basso. Nonostante l’arrangiamento musicale sia postumo alla traccia vocale, vennero inseriti pochi correttivi rispetto all’idea originale. È inoltre il testo dove Freddie Mercury si mette più a nudo riguardo lo stato della malattia e la probabile imminente fine, prova ne sono versi come “non voglio pietà ma solo un posto sicuro dove nascondermi” o ancora “desidero la pace prima di morire”. Il senso della canzone richiama una sorta di fine come ritorno alla vita primordiale che è quella rappresentata dall’amore materno. Nonostante la sua condizione estremamente debilitata, il cantante riesce ancora ad avere un registro vocale assolutamente intatto, prova ne è la parte centrale dove egli riesce a prendere una nota altissima di pieno petto. L’ultima strofa vede invece un avvicendamento vocale con Brian May in quanto, come in seguito confermato dallo stesso chitarrista nel documentario DAYS OF OUR LIVES del 2011, Mercury non ebbe la forza rientrare in studio per completare la parte vocale e quindi si decise di affidare a May la chiusura del brano. Infine, la canzone finisce con una sorta di registrazione accelerata all’incontrario, come se ascoltata con un nastro in reverse, in cui si ripercorrono varie tappe della carriera dei Queen dall’ultimo tour fino alla primissima incisione di Goin’ Back sotto lo pseudonimo di Larry Lurex del 1972, quasi a completare idealmente il cerchio dalla fine all’inizio.

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