Innuendo Album is by Queen, the British rock band.
Their fourteenth studio album was released on the 5th of February 1991 under the record label, Parlophone, now part of the Warner Music Group.
In the United States, it was released under the label Hollywood Records, owned by the Disney Music Group.
The album features twelve-track written by the members of Queen, except for “All God’s People” which was co-written by Queen and Mike Moran, the British keyboardist, songwriter and producer.
The Innuendo album was produced by Queen and David Richards, who was a British record producer, engineer and musician.
Based in Switzerland, he worked on many of Queen’s albums. He also worked with a variety of recording artists including Chris Rea, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Duran Duran and Magnum.
After suffering from an undisclosed illness, David Richards died at the age of fifty-seven on the 20th of December 2013.
The album was recorded between March 1989 and November 1990 at the Metropolis Studios in London, England, and Mountain Studios in Montreux, Switzerland.
The album, which is in many ways autobiographical, revisits Queen’s roots of hard rock. There were hopes that the album would be released in November or December 1990, ready for the Christmas market, a time of year that sales typically increase.
However, due to the decline of Mercury’s health, the release date was pushed back to February 1991.
Nine months after the release of the Innuendo album, Freddie Mercury died at home in Kensington, London, England.
The album went on to sell well in many countries. In the United States, the Recording Industry Association of America ( RIAA ) certified it Gold for sales of over 500,000 copies.
It was also certified Gold in Canada, Italy and Switzerland. The album has been awarded 2x Platinum in Switzerland and gained a Platinum disc in the United Kingdom, Austria, France, Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Spain and Mexico.
The Innuendo album has received positive reviews since the release. Writing retrospectively for Rolling Stone, Ron Hart called it “a triumphant continuance of the return to Queen’s early-seventies hard-rock roots “.
In another retrospective review Greg Prato, reviewing for AllMusic praised Innuendo, calling it” another strong album “.
Praising the professionalism of lead singer Freddie Mercury he wrote that it” was a fitting way to end one of rock’s most successful careers. “
The lead single, “Innuendo” was released on the 14th of January 1991. Written by Freddie Mercury and the band’s drummer Roger Taylor, it has been credited to the group as a whole.
The single’s duration is six and a half minutes. The length makes it the group’s longest ever single to be released, beating their epic “Bohemian Rhapsody” by thirty-five seconds.
The composition features flamenco guitar, operatic and hard rock. Lyrically, the single took inspiration from Mercury’s illness, although both Freddie Mercury and the other band members dismissed reports of his declining health.
The single became a hugely successful release for Queen. In the United States, the single stalled at number seventeen on the 20th of April 1991 and spent nine weeks on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs Chart.
In the United Kingdom, “Innuendo” entered the UK Singles Chart on the 26th of January 1991 and peaked at number one, a position it held for one week. It spent two weeks in the Top Ten and six weeks in the Top 100.
The single also reached the Top Ten in New Zealand, Holland, Germany, Ireland, Italy and Switzerland.
The Innuendo album became commercially successful for Queen. In the United States, the album made number thirty on the 2nd of March 1991 and spent seventeen weeks on the Billboard 200.
In the United Kingdom, it entered the UK Albums Chart on the 16th of February 1991, topping the chart for two weeks. It spent four weeks in the Top Ten and thirty-seven weeks in the Top 100.
The album also topped the charts in Holland, Germany, Italy and Switzerland.
In Austria and Spain, Queen just missed the top spot, reaching numbers two and three respectively.
Queen are a British rock group, whose line-up consisted of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon.
Formed in 1970 the band was initially called Smile. With a name change later that year, encouraged by Freddie Mercury, the group became Queen.
Their debut album, Queen, was released on the 13th of July 1973 under the EMI Record label in the United Kingdom, with the release in the United States by Elektra Records.
The album had success both in the United Kingdom and the United States. In the US in 1974 it peaked at number eighty-three on the Billboard 200, spending twenty-two weeks on the chart there. The Recording Industry Association of America ( RIAA ) has certified the album Gold with sales of over 500,000 copies.
In the United Kingdom, it reached forty-seven in 1974 on the UK Albums Chart and later peaked at number twenty-four in 1975. With sales in the UK of 100,000, The British Phonographic Industry ( BPI ) has certified the album Gold.
Lead vocalist Freddie Mercury, who wrote many of the group’s biggest hits, died in 1991 at his home in Kensington, London. He was just 45 years old.
In 1997 John Deacon retired, but Brian May and Roger Taylor continue to tour under the Queen name and are regularly joined by Paul Rodgers and Adam Lambert as guest vocalists.
To date, Queen’s Album releases are fifteen studio, ten live albums, fifteen compilations, one soundtrack and nineteen box sets. They have also released seven Extended Plays and seventy-two singles.
As multi-award-winning recording artists, Queen has won numerous awards including four Brits, four Ivor Novello Awards and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
Estimated record sales are from 150 million to 300 million, which makes the group one of the world’s best-selling music artists.
Innuendo Album Track Listing:
2. I’m Going Slightly Mad
4. I Can’t Live with You
5. Don’t Try So Hard
6. Ride the Wild Wind
7. All God’s People
8. These Are the Days of Our Lives
10. The Hitman
12. The Show Must Go On