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Similar to "Peace, Love..." but not as spontaneous
on May 2, 2006
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.