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Era Vulgaris translates to the Common Era, but there is nothing common about the latest album from Queens of the Stone Age. Joshua Homme's band of gypsies return with their fifth full-length release from the seminal desert rockers and they are out for blood with guitars slung low. Era Vulgaris delivers riffs heavier than a slab of Stonehenge and more infectious than The Black Plague, vocals as smooth as molten lava and infused with sex, danger, and the sound of a band possessed to deliver rock music to a new epoch. Produced with the help of longtime collaborator, and Masters of Reality genius, Chris Goss, QOTSA give birth to eleven tracks that will enter your bloodstream and transform your Dr. Jekyll into a Mr. or Ms. Hyde. QOTSA and R got you hooked, Songs for the Deaf made you scream for more, Lullabies to Paralyze blew your mind and June 2007 marks the dawn of a new, loud era: Era Vulgaris.
Latin for "common era," Era Vulgaris holds a pair of common threads with the four Queens of the Stone Age records that preceded it. One, it crosses colossal guitar chords with the most volatile of hard rock melodies. And second, it's as LOUD as loud gets, thanks to Josh Homme, the impatient instigator behind the ever-evolving cast of personalities that make up the band. Detonation comes with track one, as the jagged riffs of "Turning on the Screw" lead the listener into "Sick, Sick, Sick," where Julian Casablancas spews his vocals beneath a wall of multi-guitar catcalls. Although the head Stroke will likely garner the most attention, perpetual Queener Mark Lanegan's velvety pipes earmark two of Era's most booming selections: the funky "Make It Wit Chu" (complete with Temptations-like backing vocals) and the heart-racing three minutes of "River in the Road." Add the garage rock of Homme's "3's & 7's" and "Suture Up Your Future," easy pickings for most likely crossover hit, and Era Vulgaris-- hypnotically and explosively common--holds its own with any in the QoTSA discography. --Scott Holter
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The start of this the fifth studio album by Joshua Homme and the queens
former keyboardist Natasha Shneider's Russian influence may very well be in play on the infectious gypsy gallop and sound on the standout later track "river in the road" different and could be my favorite track
other favorite tracks is the catchy "3's and 7's" with it's "little sister" catchy sensibilities
"Misfit love" is a winding epic starting with a creeping dark opening
till it meanders through some slow changes till it reaches it's end chorus
would of preferred "dead in love" if they were to pull something from desert sessions
but they still do a great job with there actual pick the quirky
"wanna make it chu"
lead single "Sick, Sick, Sick" is almost lugheadish but it grew on me
"I'm designer" is crafty and not without a sense of humor
it's chorus is remeniscent of the foo fighters
"Into the Hollow" is very moody Queens through in through
even with Joshua's trademark falsetto
and some tasty slide playing
No weak tracks on this one, perhaps the bands most consistent album
well maybe since Rated R
also another album where one should practice patience
The queens can be awkward to get your head around at first
but that makes it all interesting once you come round to it
a great album once again
Was very excited by this 10” LP pressing, Vinyls are nice and thick, good pressing nice sound.
The packaging is a let down though. there is a lot you can do with a triple gate fold. Visually pleasing but so much wasted space.
Wish they could have used a fold for lyrics as, to me , it's part of the experience...
but get it! Nice Item to have in your collection
And while their latest, "Era Vulgaris," starts off with a whimper, it quickly works itself up into a bang that can be heard right through the end. Their music here is grimy, rough and raw, but it tries out some new sounds and quirkier edges, without losing the grimy, brooding feeling.
It opens rather limply -- "Turning on the Screw," a jumbled tangle of clashing cymbals, drums and almost mute basslines, which just sort of meanders around in circles. Josh Homme sings mournfully that "You got a question?/Please don't ask it/It puts the lotion in the basket."
Fortunately things perk up in the next song -- dark, rapid riffs and twisting melodies are all over "Sick Sick Sick," a creepily rapid song that gets more tantalizing as it continues. And it leads in to more good music of various types -- the sinuous desert-rock, "Misfit Love's" weirdly plaintive lament, creepy industral grinds, tightly-woven rock'n'roll with a catchy edge, fuzzy blasts of muscular metal, and finally the shifting, layered finale "Run Pig Run."
"Era Vulgaris" is something of a contradiction -- it's a very polished album, but it also has grime, sweat and rough edges. That is to say, the band is expert at spinning some really tight songs with few weaknesses, but it's got the raw power you usually associate with young bands. Bless their dark little hearts.
Homme's rapid, nimble guitar goes overtime with fast, sharp riffs. And that guitar is woven with some dark murky bass, rapid drums, darkly curling keyboard and occasionally some samples (a rattlesnake?), all played with rapid-fire energy.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
There's not too many ways to describe this Cd, it's just plain bad. I like a lot of their CD's but to put it bluntly this one sucks. Read morePublished on Aug. 5 2009 by Gerald B. Johnson
QOTSA have been losing/adjusting/changing/over producing their sound since their third album and the results are heartbreaking to those of us fans who at one time knew them to be... Read morePublished on May 9 2009 by M. Eustace
exactly what you would expect from QOTSA. A likeable album, but some songs are lacking something.
Best songs (in my opinion):
- river in the road
-run pig... Read more
Listen to this album back to back with Rated-R or QOTSA, or even Songs for the Deaf. You'll see what I mean, this is QOTSAs weakest album to date. Read morePublished on July 24 2007 by S. Coggins