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Songs for the Deaf

Songs for the Deaf

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by Queens of the Stone Age

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The problem with a lot of so-called "stoner rock" is that you actually need to alter your mind beforehand to get the most out of it. This high desert (no pun intended) combo, on the other hand, provide the mind-alteration itself, couching mysterious transporters somewhere deep in every gnarled tune. As on their last album, the critically acclaimed R<


The problem with a lot of so-called "stoner rock" is that you actually need to alter your mind beforehand to get the most out of it. This high desert (no pun intended) combo, on the other hand, provide the mind-alteration itself, couching mysterious transporters somewhere deep in every gnarled tune. As on their last album, the critically acclaimed R, Queens of the Stone Age seldom merely stand in one place, bashing out stegosaurus-stunning riffs (although they're perfectly capable of doing just that when the need arises). Instead, Josh Homme and company have taken a wide array of spooky atmospherics and post-apocalyptic blues songs (some of the better ones, like "Hangin' Tree," sung by former Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan) and assembled them into a pseudo-concept album designed to prove that, yes, modern popular culture is indeed as bad as you think. The songs are linked by announcements from a purposefully obnoxious disc jockey type (representing "Clone Radio"), but none of them -- from the creepy-crawly electronic burst "The Real Song for the Deaf" to the strangely catchy ghoul-pop nugget "No One Knows" -- would make it anywhere near airwaves controlled by such a bozo. Homme and Nick Oliveri seem more concerned with melody this time out, layering songs like "The Sky Is Falling" with harmonies that recall Agents of Fortune-era Blue Oyster Cult. But no matter how smooth the surface gets, the roots (and mocking humor) beneath, say, "You Think I Ain't Worth a Dollar, but I Feel Like a Millionaire" make for a dangerously thrilling undertow.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
QOTSA are so concerned with pleasing themselves that they don't give a damn for the audience. Then again, they're exceptional players, especially augmented here by Dave Grohl on drums, Mark Lanegan on vocals, and Dean Ween on guitar; plus, they're very good songwriters, whether they're writing technically intricate riff-rockers or throwbacks to Nuggets. Above all, QOTSA are a muso band -- a band for musicians and those who have listened to too much music. Why else did the greatest drummer and greatest guitarist in '90s alt-rock join this ever-shifting collective? They wanted to play with the prodigiously talented Josh Homme and Nick Oliveri, two musicians who share their taste and willingness to jam. It results in what is easily one of the best rock records of 2002.
Rolling Stone - Arion Berger
This is prog grunge for the unpretentious, and it's funny as hell as the band settles into the arena-rock stylings that come naturally.
Entertainment Weekly - Josh Tyrangiel
The year's best hard-rock album. (A)

Product Details

Release Date:
Interscope Records


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Queens of the Stone Age   Primary Artist
Blag Dahlia   DJ
Chris Goss   DJ,Musician
Alain Johannes   Musician
Kevin Porter   Musician
Natasha Shneider   Musician
John Gove   Musician
Twiggy Ramirez   DJ
Dean Ween   Musician
Brendon McNichol   Musician
Gene Trautmann   Musician
Dave Catching   DJ
Casey Chaos   DJ
Paz Lenchantin   Musician
C Minus   DJ

Technical Credits

Mark Lanegan   Composer
Josh Homme   Composer,Producer
Alain Johannes   Composer
Adam Kasper   Producer,Engineer
Nick Oliveri   Composer
Eric Valentine   Producer
Hutch   Engineer,Artwork,Direction
Mario Lalli   Composer
Kevin Szymanski   Engineer
Dan Druff   Guitar Techician
Gersh   Drum Technician

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Songs for the Deaf 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is the best stuff in the world - trust me, u'll love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Personally, I didn't find much of the music after 1980 all that interesting. Then I through a friend found QOTSA, and was home. Songs... is by far the best album yet. I've heard most if not all music associated with Queens/Kyuss/Mondo Genereator, etc.,and this album absolutely kicks. Non stop from the engine starting ala Kiss/Destroyer right through to "Not saying goodnight, just saying...". The Mosquito Song is so dramatic, the constant build gives just enough tension to make for a striking climax and a beautiful finish to the album. My personal fave is "Song for the Dead", Grohl's drumming is miles above par on this track, and Lanegan's vocal is just awesome. Nick Olivieri's "Millionaire" is the perfect kickstart to the album, with just enough drive to make you want more. And Josh as always writes a most interesting and amazing pop-styled song. "No one knows" is truly stonerrock at it's best, Grohl's drumming on this track builds unlike no other song from this timeframe.I also love the complete 360, turning to early 60's pop for "Another Love Song". This is the band that will save rock and roll, and this album is their calling card.
Guest More than 1 year ago
for those obessed with music, welcome to your album. those who love diversity, originality and just great rock music, welcome home. The thing i like most about this album is the way every song sounds like a different band. Its the mixture of different ideas, possibly from the changing line up, that has giving this album its fresh egde. The way it sounds like nothing else in the music market at present really gives it that extra boost that music lovers will find an instant attraction too, and those who are just casual listens will be easily drawn to catchy tunes on the album such as 'no one knows'. Something for everyone really no matter what your into. A step forward for music
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is a must-have. When I heard the first wonderfully distorted guitar note in "Millionare", I knew I was going to start the cd over as soon as it was done playing. Then "First It Giveth" came right after that. All I have to say about this track is that Dave Grohl should never stop playing drums. He absolutely rocked this whole cd. Mark Lanegan sings on a few tracks. My favorite one he appears on his "Hanging Tree". His voice gives off this awesomely spooky vibe. The highlight of the cd is the "hidden song". Titled "The Mosquito Song", this acoustic track allows us to see that QOTSA will always remain one step ahead of the rest. Great band, great songs, and one GREAT piece of work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Forget you may have come to beleive, and what the critics have been saying. Rock is definatly not dead. Proof: Queens of the Stone age songs "songs for the Deaf" This album kicks major butt...pardon my french. It is perfect from start to finish, and I am not embeleshing. It has everything a great rock record should. Ther catchy hooks and heavy distortion, while at times being very melodic, and heartfelt. Just listen to the whole album once and you will be hooked. Just a couple songs even. THis songs are so good. I can't stop humming them in my head. This is a must buy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been a Fan of Q.O.T.S.A. since their inception. I first fell in love with Their first band Kyuss when I saw them open up for Faith No More in January of 1993. As a fan, you may think that I am bias and would say that this album was good even if it were bad. After listening to the album consistently for a while, I would say that this is just as good, if not better than their last album (the classic "R"). Usually I get tired of listening to the same album over and over again, but this is not the case for "Songs for the Deaf". The reason I get tired of these albums that I listen to over and over again is because after a while all the songs begin to sound the same. There is such a broad mix of styles that I have continued to stay interested in the album (the same was true with "R"). If you like all types of rock music (you cannot label QOTSA as any one type of music other than a broad "Rock and Roll") you will not be disappointed with this album. Don't buy this record just because of Dave Grohl, buy it because it is just a great album!
Guest More than 1 year ago
a classic album no fillers its a blistering ride u can really get into if u liked rated are u will love this its progressing into newer territories u wont be dissapointed go buy it
Guest More than 1 year ago
i bought the album cus i love "no one knows" but i soon found that that song was the only one on the album i like. i guess the other songs have such a different style form the first one that i was suprised- unfortunatley i dont like the other songs. i wouldn't have bought the album if i had know this so...
Guest More than 1 year ago
What can be said that hasn¿t been said already? This is definitely one of the best albums for 2002. It¿s that good. The Queens of the Stone Age have raised the bar yet again for how music should sound like. In a society that¿s bombarded by cute boy bands, fluffy pop princesses, pop punk posers, and ¿rock¿ bands, it¿s certainly a relief to see that good music is still alive and ready to kick arse. This CD is an awesome treat. The music can rev the listener to go out and do something or just chill out on the sofa. Plus, it comes with a free DVD. Is there really a reason to not buy this? If you don¿t buy it, you¿re surely missing out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this album... so i know you reading this do know me or what i like so this does little to help you decide if you want to buy it but trust me, you do, i know this. listen to the clips you will see. anyone who isnt drownding themselves in nu-metal(wtf? anywho) and some of you dorks :) that are are gonna realize the rock-beauty this album is dripping with. never mind dave grohl is the best freaking drummer in the world or that josh homme is a hottie...he is, i had to say it, doesnt detract from the music, i simply had to say it...plus if your lucky you get the free dvd, a must have for even pseudo-fans. you get to see the guys in the studio and live performances.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best cd's I own and the DVD is awesome too!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this album is a masterpiece of modern rock and roll. every aspect, from the production to the arrangements to the lyrics to the melodies and instrumentation is flawless and utterly imaginative, despite what the "critic" above has to say. most critics couldnt carry little lamb without help.those who cant, critisize. get this album and fall in love with rock again
Guest More than 1 year ago
Queens of the Stone Age's most recent release, Songs for the Deaf, is a great album, but not their best. The order of their best to worst albums goes in chronological order. I do reccomend this album after buying the other two, Queens of the Stone Age and Rated R.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is the best of all of their CDs. Songs For The Deaf is awsome! It's awsome how they've won so many awards if different countries. Break Through Video: Go With The Flow. No One Knows was the number one song in Austrailia for a pretty long time. As a guitar player and rock lover, I recomend this CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album will easily be the album of the year. It is an eclectic mix of songs that builds on the hard Sabbathesque rock of Kyuss and the melodic sounds of earlier QOTSA albums. With contributions from Mark Lanegan, Dave Grohl, members of Eleven, Ween, and Perfect Circle, the album proves to be one of the best rock albums to date. Josh Homme and Nick Olivieri have once again produced an album that will blow your mind right out of your @ss.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What an amazing record! Fourteen tracks of everything from screaming to soothing melodies all in one. WITH A DVD!!! In some places it can be found for only $7!!!!!!! I dare you to find a better deal¿.or a better band!!! QOTSA found their way into the (almost) mainstream with their legendary Rated R LP. They even found themselves on Ozzfest. Now with their equally amazing release Songs For The Deaf, they are sure to be turning heads everywhere. The amazing, precise guitar work of Josh Homme(along with his perfect voice), the stunning bass skill of Nick Oliveri(along with his piercing screams), the eye-bulging drumming of the legendary Dave Grohl, and the smooth vocals of Mark Lanegan along with lots of cameos by other great artists, bring this record to the top of my list of albums to buy RIGHT NOW!!! If you haven¿t already heard any QOTSA, you are missing out. If you have heard them, then surely you know what I am talking about. This album is sure to bring much attention to The Queens Of The Stone Age with songs like ¿No One Knows¿, Hangin¿ Tree¿, ¿Go With The Flow¿, and ¿First It Giveth.¿ So, get off your computer, and go buy SONGS FOR THE DEAF, THE ESSENTIAL ALBUM OF 2002!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I didn't think they could do much better with their third album. I was so wrong! Songs for the Deaf is the work of truly genious people. It's got every feeling you need, the best tunes you'll ever hear and the most skilled musicians of our time. Buy it now!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although I have been only listening to Queens of The Stone Age for a couple months, it is clear to me there are the BEST rock band out there. Their abilities as musicans and songwriters are amazing and I am relieved to see they are finally getting some of the credit they deserve (although i doubt any award will fully thank them enough). Their last album rated r was great, but this is phenomenal harder rocking than ever while still keeping artistic integrity.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Songs for the Deaf is not matched by any other album that has come out this past year. Queens of the Stone Age, through faux radio clips mocking the state of modern rock radio, put together quite a vast collection of sounds that only leave the listener wanting more. From the pounding desire of millionaire, to the jumping "no one knows" to such great song writing technique in the latter half of the album, creates the greatness of this album. The record takes a huge turn as the rampant rageful insanity with a nice riff to compliment the jarring lyrics, this is where the true greatness just begins... There might not be any better way to end an album with the lineup that flows so perfectly as does: 7. Hanging 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 do yourself a favor and buy the best album of the year while they are still on the shelves.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm not even sure where to begin. QOTSA have been a band in my Top-5 since I first heard them and their amazingly dense music that is, in fact, actually surprisingly simple. It's a case of playing all the right things so that, as the listener, you're not forced to weed out the junk. It's beauty in simplicity at it's finest and is ever-present in their sound. Songs For the Deaf is an incredible example of how this loose-knit collective of inspired musicians can come together and spit out a little bit for everyone, while all the while not alienating a single musical soul. For the hardcore punk fans (no doubt crossovers from bassist Oliveri's punk outfit The Dwarves), there is the all-new version of "Millionaire" (originally on the 5th desert session) and "Six Shooter", the latter of which comes in and hits you like a ton of bricks, and then is out as quickly as it came. For the 70's rock revitalists, there is "The Sky Is Falling" and the ironically listed 'hidden track' "Mosquito Song". Finally, for the fans of the self-titled first album, there is the fantastic "First It Giveth". I could go on about the diversity of this record, but that would be pointless, as it only makes sense when you hear it. It's radio concept really holds up when you hear the diversity exhibited by this band, and regardless of what scene you're digging currently, you'll be able to somehow fit these guys in - that is, unless you actually are deaf ... then just buy it for the artwork!
Guest More than 1 year ago
They may go by the name QUEENS of the Stoneage but I assure you are nothing of the sort. Unless you consider those evil, kick-butt riff playing posessed-type queens. If you don't buy this album you will be that guy twenty years from now going, "Man, I wish I had started listening to these guys earlier. It could have changed my life!"
Guest More than 1 year ago
QOTSA is bringing rock back. Songs for the deaf is an album in which QOTSA thoroughly demonstrates pure ability and talent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This c.d. is really great! I had to buy it the first day that it came out. I still listen to it at least once a day. I highly recommend that you buy ALL of their c.d.'s. Catch em on tour if you can!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Songs for the deaf has a little something for everyone. Exept the same old regurgitated rap rock thats been poluting the air waves for far too long. The album is somewhat of a concept album, Its like what the radio would sound like if the Queens where running things. The first song (You think I aint worth a dollar, but I feel like a millionaire) is like a punch in the face. Fast and hard! Then theres the oh so catchy (No one knows) You wont be able to get this rythem out of your head for a while. I dont have enough time to describe every song but some other faves are Six shooter, Another love song, and Mosquito song. The best way to sum it up is You Need This Album! It will save your soul, it'll make you love music again, and it will put Rock back at the Top!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is such a great album. I can't stop listening to it. Please help me.