Queens of the Stone Age

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
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 Spector–ish 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.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Hearing Queens of the Stone Age's long out of print debut many years after its initial 1998 release does pack the shock of revelation: Josh Homme's tightly wound blueprint for QOTSA was in place from the very beginning. Where Homme's previous outfit, Kyuss, were all about expansion, Queens of the Stone Age were about compression, Homme stripping stoner rock to its essence -- riffs as heavy as granite, solos as spacy as the desert sky. The songs on Queens of the Stone Age are shorter, pulled into focus by grinding fuzz riffs that anchor the proceedings even when the instrumental sections begin to drift into the ether. Another distinguishing factor in Queens of the Stone Age is that Homme writes full-blown songs -- pushing their two best songs, "Regular John" and "Avon," to the front, giving them room to float later on -- so the album isn't just about instrumental interaction, but the crucial difference is that this isn't music solely for disaffected males. There is sex and swagger to Queens of the Stone Age, there's a swing to the rhythms, there's a darkly enveloping carnal menace buttressed by muscle and lust that keeps the album from being an insular stoner headpiece. Certainly, there's enough sinewy force to suggest the mighty brawn of Rated R and Songs for the Deaf; Homme retained enough of the desert spaciness of Kyuss to give Queens of the Stone Age an otherworldly shimmer, a hazy quality he later abandoned for aggressive precision, so this winds up as a unique record in his catalog, a place where you can hear Homme's past and future intertwining.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/5/2005
  • Label: Ant Acid Audio
  • UPC: 689230099727
  • Catalog Number: 997

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Queens of the Stone Age Primary Artist
Chris Goss Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Fred Drake Vocals, Tamboura
Alfredo Hernandez Tamboura
Dave Catching Percussion
Technical Credits
Joe Barresi Producer, Engineer
Chris Goss Producer
Dan Hersch Mastering
Josh Homme Composer, Producer
Trina Shoemaker Engineer
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