It has often been debated over the last 30 years as to which Queen album was the best. It's likely to be argued over the next 30 years as well.
One point most Queen fans can agree on, however, is this; Jazz is one of their best.
From the classic pomp of "Bicycle Race," to the tongue-in-cheek Rock of "Fat Bottomed Girls," To the crushing Metal of "Let Me Entertain You" and "Dead On Time," Jazz covers all of the Queen bases. In fact, Queen was particularly adept at writing and recording some excellent Heavy Metal songs, and "Let Me Entertain You," and, "Dead On Time," actually sound a bit (just a bit!) like Iron Maiden. But Jazz is NOT a Metal album by any stretch of the imagination - it is pure Queen.
With Rock And Roll as a launching point, this rocket flies all over Rock-related territory; from the beautiful ballad "Jealousy," to the straight-ahead Rock of "If You Can't Beat Them," to the Queen dixieland of "Dreamer's Ball," to the Funk of "Fun It," Jazz is all over the place. But what is amazing is how well it all works together. This album has a cohesivenes that only Queen could achieve with an album filled with so many different musical styles. Then again, that usually was the mark of a great Queen album.
The songs, the diversity the production values, the unapologetic bombastic homo-eroticism of both "Don't Stop Me Now" and "Let Me Entertain You", the killer rock, the callbacks on "More of That Jazz"... I love this album.
Dave Marsh called the album (and the band) fascist in 1978 for perceiving the band as arrogant, impenetrable, and smug. One of the many reasons Marsh can cram it sideways.
Jazz rules!! Only Queen can pull off the diverse collection of music that is on this album. Dead on Time is a killer rocker, Dreamers Ball is so cool. Fat Bottom Girls and Somebody to Love is awesome. Queen is amazing in the 1970's. I want to ride my bicycle.