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Album Review

Between Mondo Generator's debut, 2000's Cocaine Rodeo, and their sophomore effort, 2003's A Drug Problem That Never Existed, the stakes had been raised considerably. Leader Nick Oliveri's main gig, Queens of the Stone Age, had finally broken on through to the mainstream with their stellar 2002 effort, Songs for the Deaf, so expectations for Drug Problem definitely ran high. But with a stellar supporting cast that contained much of the QOTSA posse (Josh Homme, Dave Grohl, Joey Castillo, etc.) and equipped with a strong set of raw, Motörhead-worthy material, Oliveri hit the nail right on the head. If you're expecting an album as diverse as the average QOTSA release, you may be disappointed. But if it's an album chock-full of the aggro punk metal that became Oliveri's trademark on R and Songs for the Deaf ("Tension Head," "Six Shooter," etc.), then you're in luck, as evidenced by such standouts as "Here We Come," "So High, So Low," and "F.Y. I'm Free." That said, Oliveri does sneak in a surprise or two, such as the acoustic guitar-based, Wild West-sounding "All I Can Do" and "Detroit," a heartfelt tribute to Oliveri's late grandfather. But the best is saved for last, as ex-Screaming Trees/part-time QOTSA frontman Mark Lanegan guests on the poignant album closer, "Four Corners." A Drug Problem That Never Existed proves once and for all that there's much more to Oliveri than merely being a bass player.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s

Guitarist Josh Homme and bassist Nick Oliveri have made quite a career out of playing with other musicians. They are joined by a rotating cast of supporting musicians in their main group, Queens of the Stone Age, in addition to playing in a variety of side projects, including the Desert Sessions and Mondo Generator, to name a few. Oliveri and Homme were originally bandmates during the early '90s with Kyuss, before Oliveri left (Homme remained with the group). With Kyuss on their last legs by 1997,...
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