14 Songs, 1 Hour 11 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

If you’re going to “go retro” with your music listening, it’s best to do so with guys who have been there. So, Led Zeppelin’s bassist John Paul Jones forms a cross-generational supergroup with Nirvana/Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl and Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme, and the riffs come tumbling. The group brings back a danceable backbeat to the hard rock pantheon (“New Fang”) and a new workbook for the next generation of guitar players (“Elephants”). Just as Zeppelin were anchored by the swinging bludgeon of John Bonham, so Them Crooked Vultures are vaulted forth with Grohl’s sturdy grooves. “No One Loves Me & Neither Do I” kicks things off with a dark boogie riff that’s pure Zeppelin and a Homme vocal that belongs to early-‘70’s hard rock. “Mind Eraser, No Chaser” throws Jones’ keyboards against Homme’s convincing Jimmy Page impressions. “Reptiles” runs through a jungle as tense as Zep classics “Achilles’ Last Stand” and “Kashmir.” “Scumbag Blues” updates Cream. “Warsaw or the First Breath You Take After You Give Up” channels Iron Butterfly and the Doors. Them Crooked Vultures are both tribute and a legitimate foot forward.

EDITORS’ NOTES

If you’re going to “go retro” with your music listening, it’s best to do so with guys who have been there. So, Led Zeppelin’s bassist John Paul Jones forms a cross-generational supergroup with Nirvana/Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl and Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme, and the riffs come tumbling. The group brings back a danceable backbeat to the hard rock pantheon (“New Fang”) and a new workbook for the next generation of guitar players (“Elephants”). Just as Zeppelin were anchored by the swinging bludgeon of John Bonham, so Them Crooked Vultures are vaulted forth with Grohl’s sturdy grooves. “No One Loves Me & Neither Do I” kicks things off with a dark boogie riff that’s pure Zeppelin and a Homme vocal that belongs to early-‘70’s hard rock. “Mind Eraser, No Chaser” throws Jones’ keyboards against Homme’s convincing Jimmy Page impressions. “Reptiles” runs through a jungle as tense as Zep classics “Achilles’ Last Stand” and “Kashmir.” “Scumbag Blues” updates Cream. “Warsaw or the First Breath You Take After You Give Up” channels Iron Butterfly and the Doors. Them Crooked Vultures are both tribute and a legitimate foot forward.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
1.4K Ratings
1.4K Ratings
Thebassclef626 ,

One of the few albums I'd give a 10/10 to.

Simply put, this album is perfect. Great tracks created by folks who are among the greatest performers in the industry. There's no reason to not own this album. Buy it NOW!

drcre8tive ,

Best Rock Album of the decade

This album grew on me over the years, proving the cliche that sometimes match-ups bring the best out of the parties involved to be true. It’s so refreshing to hear Grohl’s rhythms pounding with those signature heavy double downbeats; and HARD ROCK elements that seem to be missing from the Foo stuff is suddenly here. Intricate, odd-timed signatures seem effortless, wrapped in the layered sonic infusion of guitars, Home delivers the thickly flavored riffage that we have come to love, with a voice that seem to harness Cream era Jack Bruce. John Paul Jones bass work shines on several tracks, proving he’s not merely along for the ride. Check out the wicked jam on “Warsaw Or the First Breath You Take After You Give Up.” There isn’t a weak track on the album, perhaps the amusingly weird "Interlude with Ludes", but even that is good plain fun. Throw in some tasty keyboards, and stir it all up with a solid production, and you have a satisfying meal of muse. Lets just hope after the QOTSA and Foo Fighters tours end, we can see Josh Homme, Dave Grohl and bass wizard John Paul Jones put out another one of these. I need to Get the vinyl version of this album.

Dannno1969 ,

Garbage

This is one of the worst albums I have ever purchased. I can't beleive it got 4.5 stars. If I could give it zero stars I would.

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