Posted 21 August 2015 - 11:07 PM
Oh dear. You could have picked any pair of Queen's albums between Queen II and News Of The World to contend against any of Rush's albums between 2112 and Signals and I would still be in the exact same dilemma. My two favorite bands, each with their best and least amazing albums from their most classic era (Queen fans will kill me for calling ADATR their least amazing and Rush fans will kill me for calling Hems their least amazing, speaking solely of the classic eras of each band, but I have the exact same problem with each, which I can go into if anyone calls me out on this). This is not really fair, but this is precisely why I have my favorite bands ranked in an order if favoritude (apparently that's a word!). Since Queen is my number one band, ANATO is my number one album, Freddie is my number one singer, Brian is quite possibly my number one guitarist, and Bohemian Rhapsody is my number one song, I have to side with ANATO into ADATR. ANATO is everything Queen ever were in the best way possible, and ADATR, while not nearly as exciting, spontaneous, or lively as its predecessor, has a certain beauty Queen had rarely before implemented in such vast quantities before and they rarely would after which begs for repeated listens.
BUT, as official unofficial ambassador of the majesty that is A Farewell To Kings, I must say, AFTK is quite possibly my second favorite album of all time and the only real reason why ANATO edges it out is Bohemian Rhapsody, which is superior to Xanadu and Cygnus X-1 on its very own. Nevertheless, almost nothing else is worthy of standing anywhere near the majesty that is A Farewell To Kings.