Back to the Light

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Back to the Light is the first solo album by Brian May. It was published on 1992-09-28 and produced by May and Justin Shirley-Smith. The songs on the album are all variations of rock including hard rock, blues rock, and soft rock. The overall theme of the album is examining the problems if your life, seeing where you went wrong, and overcoming the depression to get back to happiness.


After I had amassed the bulk of the Queen catalog, I started buying the band member's solo albums, and this was one of the first I got, and by far my favorite. Although this became one of my favorite albums, even surpassing a few Queen albums, I often think of how several of the songs would have been better with input from the other members of Queen. A couple of the songs are pretty lame, and Freddie Mercury would never let that stand. They would either have to be jazzed up or cut.


I do not own this album.

Track Listing

Track Title Writer(s) Vocals
1 The Dark Brian May Instrumental
2 Back to the Light Brian May Brian May
3 Love Token Brian May Brian May
4 Resurrection Brian May, Cozy Powell, Jamie Page Brian May
5 Too Much Love Will Kill You Brian May, Frank Musker, Elizabeth Lamers Brian May
6 Driven by You Brian May Brian May
7 Nothin' But Blue Brian May, Cozy Powell Brian May
8 I'm Scared Brian May Brian May
9 Last Horizon Brian May Instrumental
10 Let Your Heart Rule Your Head Brian May Brian May
11 Just One Life Brian May Brian May
12 Rollin' Over Ronnie Lane, Steve Marriott Brian May

Song Rank

This is the order in which I enjoy the songs from this album, and their individual song ratings.

Order Title Stars
1 Back to the Light 8
2 Resurrection 8
3 Too Much Love Will Kill You 8
4 Driven By You 7
5 Just One Life 6
6 Nothin' but Blue 6
7 Last Horizon 5
8 Let Your Heart Rule Your Head 3
9 Rollin' Over 3
10 Love Token 2
11 I'm Scared 2
12 The Dark 1

The album's total score is 541.



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