Lullabies to Paralyzeby Queens of the Stone Age
Josh Homme has never been afraid to let his freak flag fly, but he's really outdone himself on this latest offering from Queens of the Stone Age, a 14-track psychological exam set to a virtually irresistible beat. Homme and his crew -- altered on this set to include Troy van Leeuwen and Joey Castillo -- are known for cranking out riffs that start out in left field before burrowing directly into the pleasure center, and that's exactly what they do on the insinuating "Little Sister" and the frantic "Everybody Knows You're Insane." Since he's credited with playing a huge part in midwiving the rebirth of stoner rock, Homme's got a right to play the ooze, and he does so masterfully on the dirgelike "Long Slow Goodbye," which leaves an unctuous cough syrup trail as it lurches along. That's about as far as Lullabies goes, however, in delivering the expected. The band gets in touch with a previously untapped set of roots on "Burn the Witch," a cocky electric blues ditty that gets a sizable grease injection from guest guitarist Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top. "You've Got a Killer Scene, Man" reveals Homme to have a flair for transposing Phil Spectorish production values onto gutter-vérité snapshots -- a trip that's made all the merrier by teasing guest vocals from Garbage's Shirley Manson. Heck, Homme even allows himself to channel the spirit of Leonard Cohen on "This Lullaby," a sensual sliver of a song that makes the most of his prematurely wizened baritone. Every bit as narcotic as its title implies, Lullabies to Paralyze goes a long way toward restoring sonic mind alteration's good name.
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- Interscope Records
Performance CreditsQueens of the Stone Age Primary Artist
Mark Lanegan Vocals
Joe Barresi Triangle
Billy Gibbons Guitar,Vocals
Chris Goss Vocals
Josh Homme Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Vocals,Hand Clapping,cowbell,Whisper
Alain Johannes Flute,Guitar,Bass Guitar,Vocals
Shirley Manson Vocals
Dave Catching Guitar
Troy Van Leeuwen Bass,Guitar,Piano,Bass Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards,Hand Clapping,Lap Steel Guitar
Joey Castillo Percussion,Piano,Drums,Hand Clapping,cowbell
Brody Dalle Vocals,Background Vocals
Main Street Horns Tuba,Trombone (Baritone)
Technical CreditsMark Lanegan Composer
Joe Barresi Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Josh Freese Composer
Josh Homme Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Alain Johannes Composer
Keith Richards Illustrations
Don Cunningham Illustrations
Mike Fasano Drum Technician
Troy Van Leeuwen Composer
Joey Castillo Composer
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I'm listening to the album right now, like all of the other Queens of the Stone Age albums, it is flawless. I haven't heard a bad song yet. The band members are sounding awesome. The only let down of the album is, their old bass bass guitarist/vocalist Nick Oliveri is gone. That was the only letdown of this album. The riffs and solos by Joshua Homme are still flawless. Troy Van Leewuen is playing amazing riffs and Lap Steel. The new bass player, Alain Johannes is sounding very good. Joey Castillo has been an awesome replacement for Dave Grohl. Like all of the other QOTSA albums, I recommend this one.
i dont have much to say about it, but its in my top 5, and im obsessed with music, so thats high praise.
Yup, pretty much what the AMG guy said is right. Josh Homme is the man (no pun intended). The sonic texture in this album may even be deeper than Songs for the Deaf, meaning you can actually listen to this album 10 or 15 times and still get something new out of it each time. QOTSA is a driving force in rock right now, perhaps one of the few unique voices around.
This album hasnt even come out yet. But it still rocks! The single on the radio, Little Sister is a rocker. love the cowbell. QOTSA one of the best bands around, even though the cool bald guy left.
queens of the stone age is the best thing to happen 2 rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Great album, all the songs are good. It's like a soundtrack for Halloween.