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Death By Sexy
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
OK--I am giving it 4 stars, which is great, but as much as I love this CD, I can't give it 5...too much QOTSA, not enough chicks with moustaches.

This new version of Eagles of Death Metal (we'll call them EODM Mach 2) is vastly different from the group of musicians that put their first CD together. Jesse Hughes is still the main man, but Josh Homme has moved from drums to bass and part-time guitar. He also co-wrote quite a bit of the music this time around. Joining the duo are: Joey Castillo (Queens of the Stone Age, Desert Sessions), Alain Johannes (QOTSA, Desert Sessions), Troy Von Leuwan (QOTSA, Desert Sessions) and a slew of other QOTSA collaborators, including Jack Black, Dave Catching and Mark Lanegan. Queens of the Stone age are my favorite band in the whole world, but with "Desert Sessions 8&9" being released (which is QOTSA with PJ Harvey) along with "Lullabies to Paralyze," and now this...it seems like Josh Homme and his merry band of muses have taken over yet another studio, and more importantly, taken the Eagles of DM from Jesse Hughes, glitzed it up, and gave it new life. Well, I for one enjoyed the hell out of the first CD. This one is awesome, but it sounds more like Jesse collaborated with QOTSA to help make a CD for them, not vice versa.

What's missing from the first CD? Well, only one of the most important aspects of the band--THE HAIRY MOUSTACHE CHICKS! Where have they gone? Live, they are incredible...the "moustache riders" made the show!

Let's talk about the good things. The songs are catchy as ever. The drums are vastly improved, now that JC is in charge of the sticks and skins. Also, the addition of a bass guitar makes a world of difference.

It is a great CD, but there's too much of a "Queens of the Stone Age meets Presidents of the USA" feel to it, as each song tends to tug an influence form one of those bands or the other throughout the disc. The only diversion, "Eagles Goth," sounds like an old Bauhaus song. If you loved "Peace, Love, Death Metal" as much as me, and loved seeing Josh beat on the drums, you'll be happy you bought this one, but it won't hold a special place in your loins like the first one. It's pre-meditated fun, unlike its spontaneous predeceser.

Highlights include: "Cherry Cola" the best song on the CD, kinda like "Speak in Tongues" from the first CD; "I Got a Feelin" great tune which could have ended up on a QOTSA CD; "Dont Speak" which clearly draws influence from the Presidents; and "Chase the Devil" which sounds like the only song on the CD that Jesse came up with all by himself.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 30, 2006
This album, "Death By Sexy", is a vast improvement on the Eagles' debut album. The first album showed potential, but all but a few of the songs had no individual identity and sounded exactly like the track they followed. This album, however, many of the songs have catchy, discernible hooks and memorable guitar lines. Warm bass explodes whenever needed courtesy of QOTSA main man Josh Homme, and Jesse "Devil" Hughes proves that he's more than just a badass moustache both on the guitar and behind the mic. Standouts include first single "Boys Bad News", "Cherry Cola", "Solid Gold", "Don't Speak", "Chase the Devil", and "Eagles Goth", which all highlight the strengths of the Hughes/Homme partnership. Melodies that smack of Queens of the Stoneage, frenetic vocals and varied song structures reminiscent of the Pixies, and crushing, bouncy guitar riffs a-la Thin Lizzy. Essential listening for 2006 and for fans of "dance-rock".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 12, 2006
I'll admit it - I hadn't heard of these guys until NPR profiled this album a few days ago, alongside Rye Coalition.

I picked it up out of curiosity, cranked it in the car and found myself smiling again and again. The roots of this music are buried so deep in 1970's New York City that younger listeners will think that they are hearing a completely new sound.

There are some great licks on this album, and if you have a girlfriend who likes to dance and drink screwdrivers out of a sports bottle, she will be singing along with most of these tracks sometime through the second listening. They have that hard rocking, sexy "hookupability" and catchy alure that captures both male and female ears.

If the album has a downside, it's that at times it doesn't sound like a rock band so much as it sounds like two guys in a studio; which, (correct me if I'm wrong,) is what it is. The personality interplay of four musicians that should be here, is sometimes missing. No insult to the artists, but I would love to hear some of these tracks played by a fully staffed rock band.

That said, there are a number of tracks here that are just f***ing mind-blowing, including "Cherry Cola," "Keep Your Head Up," and several others. Some of these songs had me picturing a young, fully-costumed KISS taking a slight detour away from their usual songs - that same naked jutzpah and glammy-slammy drama-queen theater rock sound is here, and that makes for a lot of fun when you play it loud.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on April 12, 2006
more of the same stripper boogie rock, which makes this essential summertime bbq muzak. j devil is one of the great frontmen in music today, he's just so damn happy to be there bringing his rock to the world and you can ride the wave of his enthusiasm. it's not hard for a band to get hyped due to a nice afro or other hairdo but the devil is actually getting known for his goddamn MUSTACHE. ha! that's just ridiculous.

anyways, "death by sexy" keeps the vibe of "peace, love and death metal" alive, so if you liked that one, you will theoretically dig this one too. josh homme, though, does NOT play drums on this album. not at all. that job goes to queens dude joey castillo who kills in everything he does, whether its complicated drum lines or braindead retard beats. he keeps the asses shaking here, no doubt.

homme does play bass throughout the record, which adds some serious depth to the sound (since the first album had almost no bass at all). now, i'm not gonna say that josh should be on the cover of "bass player" magazine or anything, but this cat just can't do anything wrong... there's some really nice, odd melodic bass grooves here, specifically "solid gold" where josh sounds like paul mccartney or something. and looking back at homme's resume on bass... queens s/t (that was NOT oliveri on that album), various desert sessions tunes, and "lullubies to paralize"... this guy is a more than competant bass player. i have a bigtime, non-gay man crush on this guy. he's the DUDE. i'd buy a shrinkwrapped turd with his name on it. maybe. um, probably not now that i read it.

buy this, put it on and get yer girlfriend(s) drunk. you'll probably get laid.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Similar to The Godfather 2, Death By Sexy outrageously sails past its predecessor Peace, Love, and Death Metal in an epic portrayal of the true, delicious essence of classical rock n' roll. As duo team Gods of Rock, Death by Sexy once again pits lead singer/guitarist John `The Devil' Hughes with fellow friend and Queens of the Stone Age front man Josh Homme, who accepts double duty as drummer and producer of the album. The group resurrects the classical rock genre, their groovy talents showcased throughout the span of the album. The curtains to the Eagles of Death Metal rise during the catchy, toe-tapping I Want You So Hard (Boys Bad News) and close magnificently to an encore on the honky-tonk, blues tribute Bag O' Miracles. As head of the band, Hughes falsetto sounds like a brilliant amalgam of Freddie Mercury and Neil Young, resulting in a significant aftermath that proves Hughes voice to be one of the most vital pieces in completing the Eagles unique sound. Josh Homme expands Eagles distinctive talents by pumping out a solid drum rhythm and filling every empty cavity of a song with his breezy, back up vocals. A definitive gift that the Gods of Rock have bestowed on mankind, Death by Sexy is a pure joy ride that is unquestionably worth taking. For a true journey through the magnificence of Death Metal, hop on the back of the Eagles to fly you there. And hopefully, classical rockers will have enough taste to approve of them as well.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 19, 2006
Josh Homme is a rare talent in Rock music today. Aside from his Queens of the Stone Age he's involved in numerous projects of which he is essentially the leader. Josh is almost a music scene upon himself. On the more obscure side there is the Desert Sessions on the more successful side we've got the Eagles of Death Metal. Any fan of Homme and the first Eagles project can be extremely satisfied with its continuation.

Although the Eagles are a side project the quality of the material here doesn't fall below the standards he sets for Queens of the Stone Age. The Eagles seem more or less an outlet for his more compact songs and an opportunity to play with other musicians. We also find Homme more at easy to experiment with styles. Aside from the Stoner Rock he's most famous for we find blues and country flavors in the mix, making this a pleasantly diverse outing for Josh.

As with Queens of the Stone Age the music sounds like a mean Mescal drunk, you at once feel horny and get the sensation the devil is chasing you. The album is filled with sweaty sex and dark tales. Death by Sexy does it title justice. You get an urge that could kill and doesn't put you in the mood to be careful. It's a rock hard orgasm.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 11, 2007
not that great--especially coming off their first album. or maybe their first album was just too good...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 22, 2007
I stumbled upon EoDM, thought it looked cool 'cuz of the cover and the name. I was just looking for some hard music so I chose them, and I was not disappointed. Are there levels of hardness? Yeah, some music is more flacid then other music. I can rock out to this music (see samples).

My favorite track is the final one, it's really bluesy/folky, I think.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2007
This album is good, but that is only because Eagles of Death Metal is a good band.

After having listened to the first album this album is obviously subpar. Their first album (Peace, Love, Death Metal) is, in my own opinion, much better written and executed. Overall a good album but most definetly buy the first album as well.
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on December 1, 2014
Death By Sexy is an intriguing listen, and it picks up where Peace Love Death Metal left off. Personally, I think it a much more solid album. The previous album falls short as it feels like it is mostly demos and incomplete ideas that are stretched into songs to simply fill an album. Here, each song sounds much more developed to stand alone.

It does, however, repeat sounds quite a bit. I Want You So Hard kicks off the album, and it is much too similar to the previous album's I Only Want You. The rhythms are a bit simple, as you see the same beat repeated in Poor Doggie and I Like to Move in the Night. Solid Gold has the potential to be a great song, but you'll start hating it more and more with each time Jesse's voice squeaks on "sweat!"

Highlights of this album are Shasta Beast, Don't Speak (I Came to Make a BANG!) and the bonus track, Nasty Notion.

Definitely get Death by Sexy and avoid Peace Love Death Metal. It still retains a fun feeling, but is a more complete album. I would recommend to QotSA fans for a lighter sound.
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