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Queens Of The Stone Age

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  • Audio CD (June 29 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Imports
  • ASIN: B00000AGA0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 58 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #224,452 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Regular John
2. Avon
3. If Only
4. Walkin' On The Sidewalks
5. You Would Know
6. How To Handle A Rope
7. Mexicola
8. Hispanic Impressions
9. You Can't Quit Me Baby
10. Give The Mule What He Wants
11. I Was A Teenage Hand Model

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U.S. vinyl LP pressing of this digitally remastered and expanded edition of Josh Homme and Alfredo Hernandez's debut album as Queens Of The Stone Age. Recorded after the breakup of Homme's band Kyuss, the album saw Homme move away from the Stoner Rock sound of Kyuss to a more riff-heavy style of playing with QOTSA. The three bonus tracks included are taken from a split EP with Dutch band Beaver and a split EP which featured Kyuss.

Any similarities that Queens of the Stone Age may have to Kyuss are probably inevitable--all three members of this group were in Kyuss at one time or another. The intention of this band, however, is not to create Kyuss 2, but to make its own brand of noise. Falling somewhere between Can and Canned Heat, the trio brings an occasional electronic aura to the guitar-based chug of stoner rock. While not as brash and earsplitting as their previous band (singer-guitarist Josh Homme--a Jack Bruce sound-alike--lays back where Kyuss frontman John Garcia would have yelped), these guys have made a debut album that is nevertheless an intriguing, aggressive, trippy aural journey that bows down to no trend. --Janiss Garza

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This is my favorite album by one of my favorite bands, and yes, i heard them before you did!
I really can't think of another album where i wouldn't dream of skipping a single song. This album is so solid from beginning to end. Is that a testament to greatness or what? Every track is just as awesome as the one before it. Since they are all equal, i won't bother pointing out 'Mexicola', 'How to Handle a Rope', You Would Know', 'Avon', and 'You Can't Quit Me Babe' are my personal favorites. That would undermine my whole mission statement.
I'm bothered by the thought of being some lame best-of album producer, and having to cut a lot of these tracks out of a greatest hits cd because this band has done much better work on 'Rated R' and 'Songs for the Deaf'. I read every day the album is dying as an artform and i fear this may end up being one of the last truly great long players.
This album doesn't feature the sharp production or the polish featured on the last two albums, but it has a definite sense of style you don't find in bands usually forged from the ashes from the meltdown of another band. The example that comes to mind right now is Velvet Revolver. Does anyone in their right mind find their sound to be refreshing? The only bamds i've felt this way about hearing their debut in the last five years would be Rival Schools and Killswitch Engage...
Buy this cd and just leave it on repeat. I saw the movie 'Wrong Turn', which sucked, but i convinced myself i liked it for a short period only because it has two songs from this album on the soundtrack...
Let's hope Nick's departure doesn't ruin something that has almost single-handedly saved rock'n'roll...
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When Kyuss abruptly split up back in 96, it seemed that one of the greatest heavy bands in history were doomed to fade away forever. Thankfully, Josh Homme ditched his studies and continued to pursue his calling. I expected Kyuss II at first but was relieved to hear that Homme chose to go into a totally new direction. This album is way heavier than the latest stuff from QOTSA and, for my money, still the most immediately appealing. From the churning opening of "Regular John" this cd does not let up. It's nice to hear Homme expanding on the Arabesque guitar sound that he had developed on the last Kyuss album (most evident on "You Can't Quit Me Babe"). But the band actually takes a step in a new direction here. Homme plays both guitar AND bass on this album (Nick Oliveri joined after completion) and he's joined by another Kyuss alumni member, Alfredo Hernandez on drums. The result is one TIGHT group of songs. You can hear the ghost of Can in "You Would Know" (the bands' self described 'robot rock' experiment) and I swear that the instrumental track "Hispanic Impressions" wouldn't sound out of place on an Iron Maiden album (I kid you not!). Overall, there's no real weak track on the cd. "If Only" is clearly the most commercial sounding of all the tracks, but still quite a catchy number. The bass sound is extremely HEAVY on a number of tracks ("Mexicola" and "Give The Mule What He Wants") and confirms Homme's musical versatility. The best part is that the band proves it ain't afraid to diddle with their sound as the mesmerizing "I Was A Teenaged Hand Model" proves. A quiet track that's best listened to just as your falling asleep with your girl by your side.Read more ›
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From the explosive opener - "Regular John" - to the subtle and soulful end - "I Was a Teenage Hand Model" - this is one splendid debut album by Q.O.T.S.A. How to describe this great ROCK record? Let's see: gimmicky Mexican-tinged thematics, abstract song titles that have seemingly little to do with the lyrics sung, highly tuneful guitars and very snappy, professional drums. There you go - it's like Led Zeppelin meeting the Pixies meeting the Stone Temple Pilots. Seriously, there's lots of muscially pleasing stuff here, riff after riff, gigantic chord after gigantic chord, as the songs breezily sail through before you even know what hit you, without one plain or bad musical moment taking place. No cliches here, folks, just good music to rock out to.
Mastermind Josh Homme, he of the pleasing, purely melodious song structures withdrawing from his head to his guitar on a 24-hour basis, plays stellar, looping guitars, while changing his falsetto voice and mood from mournful to pleading to bored as the album moves along. It's far from all Josh, though. Part of this album's charm is its pervading darkness, underneath all the big guitars, crass, indifferent attitude, and earthbound bravado. And much of that ingratiating darkness comes from the heavy bass sound on these songs. Mixed with Homme's loopy, more screeching ax, the somber, Soundgarden-like tuning down is a cool combination. These guys are much more genuinely akin to Nirvana than newer bands like Foo Fighters, Blink-182, or most radio bands today who are slaves to their record company. In my mind, Q.O.T.S.A. were undoubtedly so sure of themselves back in 1998, when they made this album, for one main reason: their music is simply unstoppable. It's notable that Q.O.T.S.A.
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