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Rated R [Deluxe Edition]
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Rated R [Deluxe Edition]

by Queens of the Stone Age
 

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The second Queens of the Stone Age album, Rated R (as in the movie rating; its title was changed from II at the last minute before release), makes its stoner rock affiliations clear right from the opening track. The lyrics of "Feel Good Hit of the Summer" consist entirely of a one-line list of recreational drugs that Josh Homme rattles off over and over, a gag

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The second Queens of the Stone Age album, Rated R (as in the movie rating; its title was changed from II at the last minute before release), makes its stoner rock affiliations clear right from the opening track. The lyrics of "Feel Good Hit of the Summer" consist entirely of a one-line list of recreational drugs that Josh Homme rattles off over and over, a gag that gets pretty tiresome by the end of the song (and certainly doesn't need the reprise that follows "In the Fade"). Fortunately, the rest of the material is up to snuff. R is mellower, trippier, and more arranged than its predecessor, making its point through warm fuzz-guitar tones, ethereal harmonies, vibraphones, horns, and even the odd steel drum. That might alienate listeners who have come to expect a crunchier guitar attack, but even though it's not really aggro, R is still far heavier than the garage punk and grunge that inform much of the record. It's still got the vaunted California-desert vibes of Kyuss, but it evokes a more relaxed, spacious, twilight feel, as opposed to a high-noon meltdown. Mark Lanegan and Barrett Martin of the Screaming Trees both appear on multiple tracks, and their band's psychedelic grunge -- in its warmer, less noisy moments -- is actually not a bad point of comparison. Longtime Kyuss fans might be disappointed at the relative lack of heaviness, but R's direction was hinted at on the first QOTSA album, and Homme's experimentation really opens up the band's sound, pointing to exciting new directions for heavy guitar rock in the new millennium. [For its tenth anniversary, Rated R receives a deluxe double-disc reissue that tweaks the cover color from blue to red and adds a bonus disc rounding up all the B-sides from the album's accompanying singles and a brutal live set from the 2000 Reading Festival. The B-sides maintain the high quality of Rated R -- the stomping "Ode to Clarissa" should have made the cut on the proper album and deservedly was part of the Reading live set, "Born to Hula" points toward Songs for the Deaf, "You're So Vague" cleverly spins Carly Simon's "You're So Vain," while the band offers strong covers of Romeo Void's "Never Say Never" and the Kinks' "Who'll Be the Next in Line" -- but the real treat is the storming live set that pairs selections from the QOTSA debut with Rated R material, swapping studio precision for brutal force and adding a sneak peak of Songs' "Millionaire" for good measure. It's the band at its best and reason enough for any fan to buy this excellent album again.] ~ Steve Huey & Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Product Details

Release Date:
08/03/2010
Label:
Interscope Records
UPC:
0602527424903
catalogNumber:
001446102
Rank:
40557

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Performance Credits

Queens of the Stone Age   Primary Artist
Mark Lanegan   Vocals,Background Vocals
Chris Goss   Bass,Percussion,Background Vocals,Piano (Grand)
Rob Halford   Background Vocals
Josh Homme   Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals
Barrett Martin   Percussion,Steel Drums,Vibes
Scott Mayo   Horn,Baritone Saxophone
Nick Oliveri   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Vocals,Background Vocals
Fernando Pullum   Flugelhorn,Horn
Peter Stahl   Background Vocals
Gene Trautmann   Drums
Marek   Noise
Dave Catching   Guitar,Piano,Electric Piano,12-string Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar,Hammond B3
Nick Eldorado   Background Vocals
Nick Lucero   Percussion,Drums
Mike Johnson   Background Vocals
Reggie Young   Horn
Wendy Ray Moan   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Mark Lanegan   Composer
Chris Goss   Producer
Josh Homme   Composer,Producer,Art Conception
John McBain   Composer
Nick Oliveri   Composer,Art Conception
Trina Shoemaker   Engineer
Francesca Restrepo   Art Direction
Mario Lalli   Composer
Dave Catching   Composer
Dan Druff   Guitar Techician
Gersh   Drum Technician
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Mick Hutson   Montage
Alfredo Hernández   Composer
Sarah Gaston   Producer
Bob Brunner   Pre-production Assistant

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