Released on Queen’s second album Queen II in 1973, “Father to Son” acts as the opening song to what was arguably the most inventive album of Queen’s career — and that’s saying a lot.
“Father to Son” eschews the band’s previous Zeppelin-esque, riff-oriented sound on their debut for an approach more similar to The Who.
The song begins with a light guitar line (NOT a synthesizer) that is quickly joined by crashing guitar chords ala “Baba O’Riley” or “Won’t Get Fooled Again” from The Who’s classic Who’s Next, before moving on to a verse accentuated by guitarist Brian May’s choir of guitars. The song has some unexpected twists — especially the heavier section that begins about two minutes in — before ending with a fade of the songs title.
It’s arguably the best song of Queen’s progressive-rock period.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Author: Ryan King
Ryan King began covering music in 2004 for the Arrow, the student newspaper at Southeast Missouri State University, eventually becoming Managing Editor at that publication. He is also the former Music Editor for OFF! Magazine, an alternative publication published by the Southeast Missourian. Ryan began writing for The Music Universe when launched, but has stepped away to focus on law. He may appear from time to time for reviews.