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Album Review

QOTSA are so concerned with pleasing themselves that they don't give a damn for the audience. Then again, they're exceptional players, especially augmented here by Dave Grohl on drums, Mark Lanegan on vocals, and Dean Ween on guitar; plus, they're very good songwriters, whether they're writing technically intricate riff-rockers or throwbacks to Nuggets. Above all, QOTSA are a muso band — a band for musicians and those who have listened to too much music. Why else did the greatest drummer and greatest guitarist in '90s alt-rock join this ever-shifting collective? They wanted to play with the prodigiously talented Josh Homme and Nick Oliveri, two musicians who share their taste and willingness to jam. It results in what is easily one of the best rock records of 2002.

Customer Reviews

R to the O to the C to the K

A superb crunching rock record. There are some classic songs here, indedbted to early Black Sabbath but pile drivingly their own. Joshua Homme said that when they recruited Dave Grohl to hammer the drums on this album he felt that they were instructible. It's how they sound. The in between song skits grate after a while but I'm picking it, you'll love it!

Play/Listen to music? You'll like this.

Please don't pay attention to the iTunes reviewer. This album is sublime. I'm not going to go into any particularly great detail, but Song for the Dead features the most insane, addictive drum intro I have ever heard, and goes on to be a fantastic powerhouse of a song. God Is In The Radio is classic QOTSA, and if it was any sexier it would come with a monthly subscription. There are so many gems it is hard to count, but interspersed are the likes of First it Giveth, an explosion of flamenco metal (trust me, so so good), Six Shooter, the perfect 'pissed off' quickie (to accompany Rated R's Quick and to the Pointless), Do It Again, a glam masterpiece that is just cool, and the pop-metal masterpiece that is No One Knows. And of course the magnum opus, the album track; Song for the Deaf, perhaps the finest interpretation of modern rock I have heard since Paranoid Android, and Bohemian Rhapsody before it. It sounds like the war march of a regiment of evil warriors. Yep. Many people have cast this album aside on the basis that it is too childish to be a classic. Dead wrong. It is a dark, sinister, atmospheric explosion of an album, with so many twists and turns that it never, ever gets boring. I listen to it practically 4 times a week. Of course I could talk about how Grohl redefines what a man can do with a piece of thin, tight plastic and some wooden sticks, but you already know, don't you? Now go buy it.

None of you know what you are talking about.

First of all, Little sister has been around for about ten years, they just weren't happy with a full finished version untill Lullabies to Paralyze was being recorded. 'Will_3rd', John Garcia is not a drummer. He was the singer from Kyuss, Brant Bjork was the drummer and neither have ever been in Queens of the Stone Age. Anyway. This is probably the best hard rock album of all time. The singles released give no hint of the power that lies within. From start to finis, this album will have you hooked. It's one of those rare pleasures of an album where you don't need to skip a single track. Buy it. Now.


Formed: 1997 in Palm Desert, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Formed from the ashes of stoner rock icons Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age reunited the group's singer/guitarist Josh Homme, drummer Alfredo Hernandez, and bassist Nick Oliveri along with new guitarist/keyboardist Dave Catching. The project's origins date back to Homme, who in the wake of Kyuss' 1995 demise relocated to Seattle to tour with the Screaming Trees; he soon began working with a revolving lineup of musicians including the Trees' Van Conner, Soundgarden's Matt Cameron, and Dinosaur Jr.'s...
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