12 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Keeping with the theme of the album’s title, Queens of the Stone Age opened their 2000 studio long-player with the drugged-out “Feelgood Hit of the Summer,” a heavy guitar-driven mantra where lyrics like a laundry list of drugs. It’s as catchy as it is juvenile, though it was nearly pulled from Wal-Mart shelves and it hardly sets the tone for an admirable sophomore album that’s much better crafted than its opener. “The Lost Art Of Keeping A Secret” dares to infuse vibraphone touches into a genre normally void of such finesse with arrangements more clever than most bands who hardly deviate from the Black Sabbath blueprint. The proggy arrangements in “Better Living Through Chemistry” reveal a band that has little interest in playing within the confining boundaries of such a genre. Mark Lanegan takes the lead vocals on “In the Fade” – he would become a full-time member of the band after releasing his own Field Songs in 2001.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Keeping with the theme of the album’s title, Queens of the Stone Age opened their 2000 studio long-player with the drugged-out “Feelgood Hit of the Summer,” a heavy guitar-driven mantra where lyrics like a laundry list of drugs. It’s as catchy as it is juvenile, though it was nearly pulled from Wal-Mart shelves and it hardly sets the tone for an admirable sophomore album that’s much better crafted than its opener. “The Lost Art Of Keeping A Secret” dares to infuse vibraphone touches into a genre normally void of such finesse with arrangements more clever than most bands who hardly deviate from the Black Sabbath blueprint. The proggy arrangements in “Better Living Through Chemistry” reveal a band that has little interest in playing within the confining boundaries of such a genre. Mark Lanegan takes the lead vocals on “In the Fade” – he would become a full-time member of the band after releasing his own Field Songs in 2001.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
187 Ratings
187 Ratings
heavy mettle ,

Complete queens album

I mean that not only is it the complete album, with all of the songs (unlike the other one on sale here), but it has everything that is QotSA.

Feel Good Hit of the Summer and Tension Head are simple relentless rockers that you might have seen on Era Vulgaris. Leg of Lamb and Better Living through Chemistry are spooky mood-setters that would fit right in on Lullabies. Auto Pilot and In the Fade are driving ballads that give respite to the ear from the stoner onslaught that we see again on Era Vulgaris with Into the Hollow.

But, as with all Queens albums, this has a distinct mood and feel to it. I think the i-tunes reviewer summed it up well with the twilight in the desert analogy, and if there were one track to sum up the album it would definitely be The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret.

In short, this album set the template for future QotSA albums, putting mood and finesse before head-banging (just barely). Out of the 4 latest QotSA albums (R, Songs, Lullabies, Era Vulgaris), this one is not the best, but neither is it worse than the others. They're all essential, so if you have the other three and think you can get by without this one, you're so wrong, it's not even funny.

barkape ,

K...double O...L -- u know what that spells

u gotta check this band, queens of the stone age. if your not knowin then i'm here to let u know--givin u my stamp of approval, you know what i'm sayin. so pick this up

I highly recommend "In the Fade"

Incubliss14 ,

QOTSA's best

If your wondering which QOTSA album to buy, this is it... As good as Songs for the Deaf is, this is actually a better album. Best songs: In the Fade, Lost Art of Keeping a Secret, Better Living Through Chemistry...

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