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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Back in the '70s, it was possible to look at Black Sabbath, Hawkwind, and the rest of the bands that so clearly influenced Queens of the Stone Age and reckon that if they had brains, they'd really be dangerous. Well, by adding a heaping helping of gray matter to that road-tested formula of heads-down, no-nonsense, mindless boogie, these desert dervishes -- masterminded by former Kyuss leader Josh Homme -- prove that theory to be true. Alternating between slowly-creeping psychedelic numbers such as the dizzying "Better Living Through Chemistry" and adrenalized, post-MC5 thrashers like "Quick and to the Pointless," Homme and his henchmen create a sense of palpable ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Back in the '70s, it was possible to look at Black Sabbath, Hawkwind, and the rest of the bands that so clearly influenced Queens of the Stone Age and reckon that if they had brains, they'd really be dangerous. Well, by adding a heaping helping of gray matter to that road-tested formula of heads-down, no-nonsense, mindless boogie, these desert dervishes -- masterminded by former Kyuss leader Josh Homme -- prove that theory to be true. Alternating between slowly-creeping psychedelic numbers such as the dizzying "Better Living Through Chemistry" and adrenalized, post-MC5 thrashers like "Quick and to the Pointless," Homme and his henchmen create a sense of palpable danger, leavened by a sly, dark sense of humor. That latter element comes to the fore on the wry "The Feel Good Hit of the Summer," in which Homme runs through a list of his favorite controlled substances with the aplomb of a bistro waiter ticking off the day's specials. Rife with surreal interludes and space-rock effects, R isn't as crushingly heavy as the Queens' debut. But never fear, you won't be mistaking it for the new Jimmy Buffett disc.
All Music Guide - Steve Huey
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/6/2000
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • UPC: 606949068325
  • Catalog Number: 490683
  • Sales rank: 25,226

Album Credits

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
Barrett Martin Percussion, Steel Drums
Scott Mayo Horn, Baritone Saxophone
Nick Oliveri Bass, Percussion, Vocals, Background Vocals
Fernando Pullum Horn
Peter Stahl Background Vocals
Dave Catching Electric Piano, 12-string Guitar, Lap Steel Guitar
Nick Eldorado Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Bradley Cook Engineer
Chris Goss Producer
Josh Homme Composer, Producer, Concept
Barrett Martin Vibe Master
Nick Oliveri Composer, Concept, Art Conception
Trina Shoemaker Engineer
Francesca Restrepo Art Direction
Martin Schmelzle Engineer
Robert Brunner Pre-production Assistant
Dan Druff Guitar Techician
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Queens of the Stone Age's best album!!!

    Queens of the Stone Age have a history of having flawless albums. This is my favorite album from them, by far. There are many people playing on this album, which makes it even better. The songs are flawless, the musicians are doing great at their instrument playing and whatever they do. This album is pure Genius, all lead by Joshua HOmme and Nick Oliveri

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    one of the most listenable cds you can buy

    every song sounds great, you can listen to the whole cd back and forth. great sound even without groehl on drums. my favorite song is lost art of keeping a secret.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rock and Roll comes back for a new generation buried under corporate music

    This album hits hard with a refreshing rock and roll vibe that hasn't been heard since the early-nineties ''grunge'' movement. After all this rap-rock and ''new metal'', the Queens of the Stone Age are breathing new life into the rock and roll machine, along with innumerable other bands right behing them. If I could sum up the sound of this album, I would have to say it sounds like a new era of rock and roll coming in.

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    Posted October 29, 2008

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