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Songs for the Deaf

4.4 out of 5 stars 342 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Aug. 27 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00006F83Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 342 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,997 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. You Think I Ain't Worth A Dollar, But I Feel Like A Millionaire
2. No One Knows
3. First It Giveth
4. A Song For The Dead
5. The Sky Is Fallin'
6. Six Shooter
7. Hangin' Tree
8. Go With The Flow
9. Gonna Leave You
10. Do It Again
11. God Is In The Radio
12. Another Love Song
13. A Song For The Deaf
14. Mosquito Song (Hidden Track)

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Product Description

2002 album plus Pal format DVD! The bonus DVD 'Real #1' is strictly limited to initial orders only, featuring exclusive tracks from their recent LA Troubadour show featuring Mark Lanegan and Dave Grohl again on drums. The album also features two UK bonus tracks, 'The Lost Art Of Keeping A Secret' (Live) & 'Everybody's Gonna Be Happy' plus the hidden bonus track (which features on every pressing), 'Mosquito Song'. Universal.


Despite the advent of the '00s, thoroughly blunted longhairs wearing three-quarter-length T-shirts still boot around the suburbs in painted vans listening to roaring metal. Fittingly, a whole new crop of post-Dazed and Confused-era stoner rockers--Fu Manchu, Monster Magnet, and arguably the kings of them all, Queens of the Stone Age--provide a shredding contemporary score for righteous three-finger devil salutes. On Songs for the Deaf, core members bassist Nick Oliveri and singer-guitarist Josh Homme (also see Kyuss) balance pure guitar-induced carnage with more complex, though no less aggressive, speed rock that whips by so fast it creates its own breeze. Opening with the 90-second "The Real Song for the Deaf"--a cheeky and amorphous bit of bloopy electronica quite possibly recorded at the bottom of a swimming pool--the disc explodes with track two, a toxic squall of power chords and now-classic Olivera death howls. It's here the album's recurring concept/conceit is introduced as a generic-sounding announcer from L.A.'s "Clone" radio spits out some psychobabble reinforcing the tired if true cliché that commercial radio stinks. Similar mock broadcasts surface elsewhere, but they're easily forgivable, given the bounty on offer. Homme-powered tracks dominate--the lurching, weirdly springy "No One Knows" is a kind of "Monster Mash" for grownups; the vocal harmony-driven "The Sky Is Falling" is almost dreamy until a small army of guitars surges to the front lines to begin firing. And a lyrically winking hidden track, "Mosquito Song," is either an in-joke of ridiculous proportions or a declarative statement about the level of musicianship lurking just beneath the quaking veneer of the Queens' sound. Either way, genuine excitement comes early and often on Songs for the Deaf. It's a remarkable achievement--a hard rock record so good that it immediately evokes a conspiratorial fervor that makes you want to tell everyone you can about it. Er, job done. --Kim Hughes

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Format: Audio CD
"Here is something you should drop to your knees for, and worship... but you're too stupid to realize it for yourselves."
Simply put, if it's "too loud," then you're too old.
People: stop trying to analyze the technical aspects of "Songs for the Deaf" like you're some kind of sound engineer hemorrhaging qualifications and insights. Go become a recording engineer and then tell me how horrible the drum sound is. I still won't give half a damn.
It seems as if a lot of people that discover bands like Queens of the Stone Age via the KFC of music, MTV, are rather high-strung for no good reason. Here's some advice: sit back, think of a quiet place -- go into your "cave" if you must -- and crank "Songs for the Deaf" on whatever stereo you might own (which might, god forbid, affect the quality of the drum sound).
How does the MUSIC sound? I'm glad you asked, unbiased music fan everyman. In short, it sounds like great rock music -- not revolutionary, but then again, about the only thing revolutionary in rock we're ever likely to see came and went with the Beatles.
Why do we want a revolution, anyway? I want to listen to music that doesn't suck.
Another simple fact of life: people slagging this album for the half-baked "concept album" approach (the fake radio DJ interludes) and its cover art need to find something better to do, like go to art auctions. Or, go to art auctions... and complain.
If you're a fan of rock music, and you have a good head on your shoulders, there is no reason at all to pass up "Songs for the Deaf."
Oh, and by the way, "Hangin' Tree" with Mark Lanegan of Screaming Trees couldn't sound like a "Def Leppard b-side" if it tried.
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This was one of those CDs that I sure everyone buys, the ones from which you hear a couple of the singles and then impulsively buy it one day hoping the rest of the album lives up to the singles. I had heard earlier Queens singles and like them but I never bought the previous album.

Well I bought this one, gave it one listen and immediately wrote it off. At first I thought it was too disjointed, heavy and altogether mediocre. I couldn't have been more wrong. About 2 months later I was bored and organizing my CD collection and stumbled upon this CD again and decided to give it another shot, mainly because I was still quite a fan of the singles I had previously liked. I eventually give most of my impulse-buy CDs a second chance but most of them continue to suck, this one did not.

I have historically listened mainly to more mainstream alternative music and some punk. In recent years I have become so frustrated with the saturation of the mainstream (and even some underground) rock/alternative music industry with the same old, tired, recycled melodies and sounds. I had started to listen to more Hip-hop, R&B, funk, electronica, and other genres just to hear some original sounds that I felt had been lost in the rock genre (for example, if I have to hear Nickleback aka theory of a deadman and every other sound-a-like band again I will seriously go postal!! Same goes for the Strokes and their ilk). QOTSA offered the first real original sound that I had, or have since, heard in a long time in the rock/alternative/metal genre. I honestly can say that I LOVE every song on this album. There are so many different sounds, musical elements, and oddities that make this album great and cohesive.
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Josh Homme is the most talented man in rock of the last 10 years. Maybe that's a too bold statement. But he was the mastermind of Kyuss in the early 90's when he was 19 years old! Creating that quality of music at such a young age you need amazing talent. Then he went on to form QOTSA all while doing his side project recording series: The Desert Sessions, now in version 9-10. In 2004 he took the drum seat for The Eagles of Death Metal, also another QOTSA release is expected.
I am in now way a music theory expert but his guitar work just sounds amazing on this album. Every track is awesome and each one has its own different style. My personal favorite is Song For the Dead the drumming, the pauses, the heavy riff, wow! Mix Josh Homme's guitar work with Dave Grohl's amazing drumming and you are in for great quality straight-up rock album.
[I hope Dave reads this: everytime I hear this album I can't help myself but I start air-drumming, I wish I could learn this songs and play along, because the drum work is simply awesome.]
I have to accept that watching the video for No One Knows was my introduction to this band and to Josh Homme's amazing career. I was too young when Kyuss was alive and I had never heard of earlier QOTSA releases like Rated R which I also recommend.
If you want a break from all the crappy rock and nu metal out there now get this timeless album. You won't be dissapointed.
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plain and simple this is the best album ever recorded. i have owned this album for over a year and it remains my favorite cd. There is not a weak song on the album. except for maybe mosquito song, but all that song is is a whole lot of truth. those are some of the most insightful lyrics i have ever heard. i still cant figure out why that song isnt being used by every bug spray company ever. Songs for the dead is the best non single ever with all that crazy guitar and awesome lyrics. the truth is one could listen to this album everyday for a year and never get sick of it. Although that someone might lose their voice after about a week becuase it is impossible not to sing along to this album after listening to it a couple of times. and becuase some of the few swreams are totally crazy. the only thing to say about this album is that it will totally freak your beans. After you buy this album you will forever be enchanted by the trippy basslines of nick oliveri, the insane guitar licks of mark lanegan and josh homme and the crazy drum beats of dave grohl. as well as the vocal stylings of josh homme, nick oliveri and mark lanegan
the only part that sucks about this album is that this is probably the last qotsa album unless they get back together
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