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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 94 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,373 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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Japanese Release featuring a Bonus Track


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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Format: Audio CD
I bought this CD without ever actually hearing any of the songs, based on word of mouth and reading a few reviews. Being familiar with both Kyuss and the Screaming Trees, I figured QOTSA would be pretty good. Rated R has quickly become one of my favorites, and I've listened to it nearly every day for the past couple of months.
QOTSA actually defies categorization into a particular genre. Much of the music is radio-friendly and a couple of songs could even be Pop/Top-40 hits. But, there's an edge to it, of course (how could there not be, with Josh Homme on guitar?). If you like newer alt-rock bands like the Strokes, Vines and Hives, and if you've heard and like Kyuss, then you'll enjoy QOTSA.
The CD's best tracks: "Autopilot": Dreamy, trippy with strong musicianship and a weeping guitar. "Better Living Through Chemistry": Love the tempo change in the middle--slow, laid back becomes frenetic in a hurry. "In The Fade": Deep, raspy lead vocal by former Screaming Tree Lanegan.
The CD's very good tracks: "Lost Art of Keeping A Secret": Probably the first track that will catch your ear on the initial listens. "Monsters in the Parasol": Goofy, but a strong, driving beat makes this a powerful rock song. "Leg of Lamb": Unorthodox time signature and a sudden ending make this song unique.
Throwaway/Skip tracks: "Tension Head": Just annoying, and hard to listen to.
If you haven't gotten into QOTSA, this is the album to acquire first. Definitely the band's best work to date.
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Format: Audio CD
I am disgusted. This is an atrocious piece of garbage and many have been suckered into the pathetic trap posed by the bands new lable, Interscope records. Is it any wonder why Queens sound so poppy and "Avant Guard"? Is it any wonder why more people find it (rated R) so "great" after a bunch of money grubbing honchos at Interscope got their hands on the Queens? Il tell you what happend, everyone got together at the company and said "we can't sell the Queens for what they are so lets put a hodge podge of different styles on the ablum and take the heart and soul of this band out and turn it into a popular money maker that some 40 year old hipster at rolling stone will condone as inovative and sit back and enjoy the ride". Yes, I know it does not sound like Kyuss but the funny thing is I did not expect it to be; I expected it to be like the Queens: inovative hard and bluesy. What I got was a Ween C.D. Yes thats right if I had to compare this monstrosity of warmed over commercial clap trap to anything, its the ever ridiculous Ween brothers. Save the dough on this, go into the 99 cent bin and pick up a Ween C.D. or better yet wait two years until "Rated R" is in the same bin and pick it up then. To prove a point, look at all of the comparisons that are being made; "oh its like old nirvana, screaming trees, pearl jam,. Ect. The great thing about the band previous to this was you could not compare them to anything. They were unique and refreshing in a world were every guy who can play a "C" chord over and over gets a record deal. Now they are just part of a huge pathetic monster record executives pawn of to 15 year olds as "cool alternative rock" to turn a quick buck.Read more ›
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