Bo­hemian Rhap­sody Sound­track Vir­gin/eMi Long-awaited Queen/Mer­cury biopic’s as­ton­ish­ing OST.

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From the out­set, there’s no mis­tak­ing that Bo­hemian Rhap­sody is as au­tho­rised a project as it’s pos­si­ble to get; even 20th Cen­tury Fox’s fan­fare has been re­fash­ioned into a God Save The Queen-styled Brian May show­case. What­ever its widely an­tic­i­pated ac­com­pa­ny­ing visual el­e­ment ul­ti­mately de­liv­ers (and its trail­ers bode ex­cep­tion­ally well), Bo­hemian Rhap­sody’s sound­track is as dra­mat­i­cally paced, un­re­lent­ingly emo­tive and in­trin­si­cally cine­matic as it’s rea­son­ably pos­si­ble for any flat piece of cir­cu­lar plas­tic to be.

Land­mark hits are in­cluded as orig­i­nally recorded but, as Queen were only truly Queen in the live arena, there are also per­for­mance clips to ramp up the dy­namism and zing the heart­strings raw (Keep Your­self Alive at the Rain­bow, Now I’m Here at

Hammy Odeon, a pow­er­ful, crowd-sung ren­di­tion of Love Of My Life at Rock In Rio).

But the jewel in BoRap: The Movie’s crown comes to­wards its con­clu­sion: the rock gen­er­a­tion’s JFK mo­ment. Ev­ery­one knows where they were when Queen played Live Aid, and hear­ing Fred­die Mer­cury’s voice crack­ing dur­ing the coda of their Lazarus-like Wem­b­ley res­ur­rec­tion’s We Are The Cham­pi­ons is a glo­ri­ous, throatlump­ing or­deal. An ET mo­ment with a soar­ing solo. Be­fore The Show Must Go On wrings out our last avail­able tear, Don’t Stop Me Now ap­pears in newly re­tooled form, and you can­not help but ask your­self: has there been a bet­ter song re­leased this cen­tury? Prob­a­bly not.

Ul­ti­mately, BoRap is tri­umphal, mov­ing, thrilling… an epic. And that’s just the sound­track.

Would that Fred was still alive to see it.

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