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Rated R

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  • Audio CD (June 6 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00004TH6O
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 93 customer reviews
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1. Feel Good Hit of the Summer
2. The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret
3. Leg of Lamb
4. Auto Pilot
5. Better Living Through Chemistry
6. Monsters in the Parasol
7. Quick and to the Pointless
8. In the Fade
9. Tension Head
10. Lightning Song
11. I Think I Lost My Headache

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Special UK only limited edition CD that features the Queens' 'Feel Good Hit Of The Summer' EP as a bonus disc


Their name gives it away. Josh Homme's Queens Of The Stone Age are in love with the primordial rock of "Iron Man"-era Black Sabbath and Funhouse-Stooges. Their debut, self-financed, self-titled album was rock stripped back to the bone. As one would expect from a band formed out of various ex- Screaming Trees, Dwarves and Kyuss members, it was an exhilarating exercise in economy, heaviness and repetition... with a little psychedelia thrown in. Rated R is even better. From the brittle catchiness of "Auto Pilot" to Mark Lanegan's guest vocals on the swirling "In The Fade" and the presciently titled "Feel Good Hit Of The Summer", this album doesn't mess around. The rhythms are fluid, the guitars tight and magical. You can hear echoes of the desert's howling winds in "Auto Pilot", the claustrophobic strain of LA in "Lightning Song". Is this the rock album of 2000? Very possibly. --Everett True

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Format: Audio CD
When I first heard QOTSA, I was like "This is is f***in' incredible!!" The song was "The Lost Art Of Keeping A Secret", and the riff, beat, and vocals just blew me away. Later on, one of my good buddies played me the entire album "Rated R" and I went out and got it the next day. Simply said, this is hands down the best album to come out of 2000. This is a true rock album from a true rock band, who really don't give a F*** about mainstream music or fame.
The second CD in the band's catalogue, "Rated R" features a revolving cast of musicians centered around lead singer/guitarist Josh Homme, and bassist Nick Oliveri, both of whom are founding members of the legendary band, Kyuss. It should also be noted that when these guys made the first Kyuss album, they were both 17 years old. Upon the release of "Blues For The Red Sun", considered by many to be Kyuss's finest work, they were just 18. True prodigies.
1. "Feel Good Hit Of The Summer" 10/10. The first single. Keeping true to QOTSA fashion, "Rated R" kicks off with one of the heavier tracks on the album, one which, because of the near constant drug references, was sensored just about everywhere. Oh yeah, if you want to check out the video, it's on their website, QOTSA.com. Pretty cool.
2. "The Lost Art Of Keeping A Secret" 10/10. Another single. Totally catchy, totally cool. I never get sick of this song. Totally refreshing in a music scene full nu-metal and pop.
3. "Leg Of Lamb" 9/10. Cool lyrics, cool guitars, and very cool vocals. Joshe Homme sings like he's just sitting back chilling in a couch somewhere, but with oh so much style. The only reason I didn't give it a 10 is that it can get repetitive after a time.
4. "AutoPilot" 10/10.
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I prefer Kyuss to Queens Of The Stone Age. They are heavier, have killer riffs, and had one of the best singers ever, John Garcia. This album, though, is just a plain good hard rock album. There are some experimental songs however, but for the most part, it's rocking. Feel Good Hit Of The Summer has the simplest riff known to man, and The Lost Art Of Keeping A Secret is a good drug-induced rocker. Leg Of Lamb is a weird one, but it manages to be catchy. Auto Pilot could be the pop single if not for the lead guitar breaks. Better Living Through Chemistry is the one that sticks out against the rest. Pschyadelic stoner rock is the best way to describe it. It starts out with tribal drums, then an interesting riff played by Josh Homme, then it completly stops for a completely different riff. Quite interesting. Monsters In The Parasol is a quirky rocker about..I don't know what it's about. Quick And To The Pointless has the almighty Nick Oliveri screaming his lungs out to a paranoid punk song. In The Fade reminds me of Screaming Trees. Probably because Mark Lanegan is singing on it. There's another Oliveri scream-punk song before the calmest song on the album, Mountain Song, kicks in. Then there is the absoulte weirdest song on the Cd, I Think I Lost My Headache. A cross between Monster Magnet, Fu Manchu, and John Coltrane. Seriously. A good album, not up to par with Kyuss, but still quite interesting.
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I just purchased Rated R as it was the only Queens album I hadn't bought yet. It earns four and a half stars and I hold it in high regard. The album deviates a lot from the sound that was pioneered in QOTSA's self titled album, which was carried on in Songs For The Deaf. For starters, it's a lot lighter and airier, without the hard rock riffs that carried mostly throughout the other albums. Also, they make a lot of really overt references to drug use (like in Feel Good Hit of the Summer), and QOTSA and Songs For The Deaf steer clear a little more from that. All in all, they must've been really high and probably outside a movie theatre when they wrote some of this stuff. But if that's what gets it done, the more power to 'em cause some of these tracks are fantastic. Feel Good Hit of the Summer is a great opener and sets the crazy, in many places hallucination-induced mood that the album exudes.
My favorite track is Lost Art of Keeping a Secret. I could listen to this all day, it's just got such a fantastic chorus and a sweet guitar part. Auto-pilot is relaxing and catchy and I love hearing the chorus in that two. This song is where the airy guitar riffs really start to sound sweet.
And of course, I can't forget Quick and the Pointless. This is comparable to Six Shooter on Songs For the Deaf...except it's about child molestation, as far as I can tell. Nick Oliveri's vocals are viscous and throaty. I love it, this is one of those songs that just makes you smile despite how crazy it is.
On the whole, the rest of the CD is well rounded but to conserve space, let's just say that it's a far cry from Songs For the Deaf but still worth the buy
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Although the latest Queens Of The Stone Age release Songs For The Deaf seems to be getting all the press these days, the previous album Rated R, in my opinion, ranks as their best release. And I hold Songs For The Deaf in pretty high regard, so that's saying something.
This album is way more experimental than your run-of-the-mill stoner rock. Pianos, horns, and electronic effects are pulled out for effect while Josh Homme digs deep into his bag of guitar riffs and comes up with a memorable, headbangable one for each track. The lyrics are typical QOTSA--ironic, intelligent, funny, and drug-induced. Most of the songs are kept short and to the point, and never lose their punch.
And my, what diversity. Loud Olivieri screamers (Tension Head), straightahead yet left-of-center rock (Leg Of Lamb, Autopilot), a floaty little instrumental (Lightning Song), a brilliant number featuring Mark Lanegan on vocals (In The Fade), Sabbath-esque lumbering rock (I Think I Lost My Headache), and just all-out trippiness (Better Living Through Chemistry, Monsters In The Parasol), it's amazing what this band can do with just a 42-minute run time.
While there is one weak song (the aptly titled Quick And To The Pointless), it's not enough to keep me from giving Rated R 5 stars. Whether you're a QOTSA fan, a Kyuss fan, or just love alternative or stoner rock, this is one of the best-executed albums I've heard lately. Highly reccommended.
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