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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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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.Read more ›
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
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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The greatest album of all time. Complete music freedom. Its what an album should feel like, a mix tape of amazing songs perfectly pieced together.Published 5 months ago by Jeremy Pagee
I received this vinyl record and upon opening it and taking it out of it's sleeve, I noticed more than one scratch line on it, as well as a manufacturer's defect of some bubbling... Read morePublished on Jan. 18 2013 by Tim Laidman
I'll make this quick and to the pointless. It is a good album if you like queens of the stone age. It is not their best album- Songs for the Deaf. Read morePublished on June 3 2004 by Jeff
the only album that compares to this is songs for the deaf but that dosent count cause its the best cd ever. Read morePublished on May 25 2004 by Rex Everything
I think this is the best effort from QOTSA, because it is more heavy metal oriented than Songs For The Deaf, and the songwriting is better. Read morePublished on May 11 2004 by HeadbangerDuh
Ok, this CD was stolen from me out of my girlfriends car...pissed me off!! But if they had to get one of my QOTSA cd's I guess I'm kinda sorta glad they didn't get "songs for... Read morePublished on May 4 2004 by Six
I bought this album after hearing Lost Art Of Kepping A Secret on KNAC, thinking it would be okay. How wrong I was. Read morePublished on April 21 2004 by Offensive Donkey