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Rajaton, our favorite Finnish mixed-voice sextet, has been blowing us away for 9 recordings now, proving with each release exactly how amazing they have become as vocalists. 'Rajaton Sings Queen' follows their critically acclaimed 'Rajaton Sings Abba,' also with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jaakko Kuusisto. There are just a couple of a cappella tunes here, 'Under Pressure,' composed by Queen and David Bowie, and 'Don't Stop Me Now.' We of course prefer Rajaton's a cappella recordings, but let's make ourselves clear-we have been lovers of Queen since they first began performing in London in the early 1970s. The vocal brilliance of lead singer Freddie Mercury and guitarist Brian May, and their ability to pen deathless anthems like 'We Are The Champions' and 'Bohemian Rhapsody' have lifted them into the rarefied atmosphere of Rock superstars. And we have heard countless tribute albums and dozens of cover versions of Queen hits. All of them lacked the same thing that Queen has lacked since the untimely passing of Freddie Mercury, that is, Freddie himself, a performer who could fill stadiums. So now, finally, we hear a tribute album by Rajaton, whose vocal talents are right up there with Mercury's, and we have something! Just listen to the magnificent 'I Want It All,' 'Killer Queen,' 'A Kind of Magic,' 'You Take My Breath Away,' 'Who Wants To Live Forever,' the thrilling 'Bicycle Race' and 'The Show Must Go On.' Rajaton's compatibility with the wonderful Lahti Symphony Orchestra was forged with the 2006 Abba album, and here both groups are hitting on all cylinders. Hearing 'Bohemian Rhapsody' gave us a tingle up the back of our necks very similar to the one we first got listening to Queen's 1975 magnum opus 'A Night At The Opera' through a friend's pricey stereo headphones. Rajaton's excellent English, which allows us to understand all the lyrics perfectly, is an unexpected treat. 'Rajaton Sings Queen' is a powerful, magical recording by one of our top contenders for best a cappella group of all time!
Listen to Don't Stop Me Now in RealAudio.