Just twenty months after the release of The Miracle, along came Innuendo in February 1991. It was the shortest wait for a new Queen album in over a decade, and yet, for all the joy, their fourteenth studio album is tinged with sadness as it was the last to be released during Freddie Mercury’s lifetime.
Innuendo was recorded between March 1989 and November 1990 at Metropolis Studios in West London and Mountain Studios in Montreux. It was originally intended for release in time for Christmas 1990, but Freddie’s ailing health meant that it was inevitably delayed, not that you would know from the quality of the music or the power in Freddie’s vocals that range over four octaves. Musically the album is complex and for many fans this is an album that is “back to the roots”…and that’s no bad thing at all.