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Queens Of The Stone Age
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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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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...
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.Read more ›
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Love early qotsa so much.. So catchy, sarcastic and witty, and some of the best song titles ever, these songs will be stuck in your head for a long long time.. Read morePublished 18 months ago by stoned metalhead
It's their first and most boring album. But if you're buying it, you should already have an option as to how you feel about the music on this album. QOTSA are amazing. Read morePublished on Oct. 1 2013 by A. Jones
PERFECT BUT.. WHERE IS "BORN TO HULA" REMASTERED VERSION??
I love this song, and I can't understand why it was left out? Read more
The new double vinyl remaster with bonus tracks and gatefold sleeve are worth every penny you will spend on this album. Read morePublished on Aug. 2 2011 by James Madore
this cd is excellent, the songwriting is great, have to listen to it to believe how good it really is, also very accesible for all of you radio clownsPublished on May 3 2004
If you were to ask me what the best QOTSA cd was, I would have to say it would be their debut. Sure, "Rated R" and "SFTD" are great, but their debut is just... Read morePublished on Feb. 11 2004 by Brian