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Queens Of The Stone AgeAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)

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Queens of the Stone Age
By Anthony Bourdain

It came from the desert.

What “it” was, exactly, is still a matter of debate. Are Queens of the Stone Age a band? An association? A concept? The intermittent issue of an unhinged Carlo Von Sexron? The toxic byproduct of other bands? A variously shrinking and expanding group of friends and likeminded visitors? Or a ... Read more in Amazon's Queens Of The Stone Age Store

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  • Audio CD (June 6, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • ASIN: B00004TH6O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
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1. Feel Good Hit of the Summer
2. The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret
3. Leg of Lamb
4. Auto Pilot
5. Better Living Through Chemistry
6. Monsters in the Parasol
7. Quick and to the Pointless
8. In the Fade
9. Tension Head
10. Lightning Song
11. I Think I Lost My Headache

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Trippy, forceful, and timeless, Rated R is rife with heavy, heady, trance-inducing post-hippie creations that recall Soundgarden and Fu Manchu. Singer/guitarist Josh Homme, founder of the defunct but much-worshipped "stoner-rock" band Kyuss, heads the group. And while he's joined by guests such as Mark Lanegan and Barrett Martin of the Screaming Trees, it's the oddball songs rendered by Homme's sexy voice and searing guitars that make this album sing. Kudos too, to the producer Chris Goss, formerly of another remarkable band, Masters of Reality. The Bowie-like surrealism of "Auto Pilot" makes it this set's classic; in fact, much of Rated R presents dark, Cocteau-like idiosyncrasies, often aided by touches of surprising humor. In the tongue-in-cheek-titled "The Feel-Good Hit of the Summer," the line "Nicotine, Valium, Vicodin, marijuana, Ecstasy, and alcohol" is repeated like a mantra, while "Better Living Through Chemistry," is steeped in hallucinogenic sounds. The frenetic "Monsters in the Parasol" is sonically rich, its primal riffing best ingested loud and via headphones, while "Quick and to the Pointless," boasts a raucous MC5/Blue Cheer vibe. This wondrous sophomore effort defies all categorization, except cool. --Katherine Turman

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stoner rock with a brain. September 11, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Although the latest Queens Of The Stone Age release Songs For The Deaf seems to be getting all the press these days, the previous album Rated R, in my opinion, ranks as their best release. And I hold Songs For The Deaf in pretty high regard, so that's saying something.
This album is way more experimental than your run-of-the-mill stoner rock. Pianos, horns, and electronic effects are pulled out for effect while Josh Homme digs deep into his bag of guitar riffs and comes up with a memorable, headbangable one for each track. The lyrics are typical QOTSA--ironic, intelligent, funny, and drug-induced. Most of the songs are kept short and to the point, and never lose their punch.
And my, what diversity. Loud Olivieri screamers (Tension Head), straightahead yet left-of-center rock (Leg Of Lamb, Autopilot), a floaty little instrumental (Lightning Song), a brilliant number featuring Mark Lanegan on vocals (In The Fade), Sabbath-esque lumbering rock (I Think I Lost My Headache), and just all-out trippiness (Better Living Through Chemistry, Monsters In The Parasol), it's amazing what this band can do with just a 42-minute run time.
While there is one weak song (the aptly titled Quick And To The Pointless), it's not enough to keep me from giving Rated R 5 stars. Whether you're a QOTSA fan, a Kyuss fan, or just love alternative or stoner rock, this is one of the best-executed albums I've heard lately. Highly reccommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great album!! December 10, 2005
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Yes, this is, without a doubt the best QOTSA album. Breaking away from the previous album which was quite boring ( almost every song sounds the same ) , Rated R has an unique appeal to it. Starting off with "Feel good hit of the summer" and it's simple but heart felt message (someone that spends 2m43s singing "Nicotine, valium, vicodin, marijuana, ecstasy and alcohol, c-c-c-c-c-cocaine" really likes it!!), passing through great songs like "Monsters in the parasol", "Leg of lamb", "Auto pilot" and so on, you get a sense that although the core of the band lies in Josh Homme and Nick Oliveri, QOTSA is nothing but a bunch of friends gathered around to play great music and share experiences and sensibilities. Unlike "Songs for the deaf" and it's visceral appeal, "Rated R" has more of hallucinogenic side to it and that makes it a great trip. Excellent record, worthy of every cent. A must have and a must hear, over and over. And then again.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rated A for awesome July 13, 2003
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"Feel Good Hit of the Summer" leads off "Rated R" with a crazy, decadent vibe, but the album doesn't remain at such a chaotic pace. Queens of the Stone Age have everything in their songwriting repetoire: The band's music caters to the thinking man, the party goer, the rockers, people with a sense of quirkiness, and mainstream audiences who just like good, melodic rock and roll -- with a twist of weirdness thrown in.

"The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret" is instantly likable, and it's the song that got me into this awesome band. Many of the other tunes on "Rated R" share the same low-key, melodic vibe of "Lost Art...", which makes for a great listening experience. Vocals on this album are shared, giving it a more eclectic feel than the classic-rock sound of Queens of the Stone Age's debut album, another excellent CD. Also, unlike the darker first album, "Rated R" has a brighter sound, and in some cases a more pop/rock feel, which caters to a wider audience. Various musicians, including the great Mark Lanegan (see Whiskey for the Holy Ghost), contribute to "Rated R", and the results are great.

Perhaps "Rated R's" most interesting -- and best -- tune is "Better Living Through Chemistry." It begins foreboding enough, with Josh Homme's distant, echoey vocals and a dark guitar riff. Paranoid lyrics give way to a quiet lull, before a Zeppelin/Sabbath riff kicks in unexpectantly. The song is disjointed and a little strange, but perfectly sums up this band and its love of experimentation (on many levels!).

Many of these lyrics are obviously influenced by drugs, all of them very rock and roll in their intent.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great follow up to a great debut. 4.5 stars February 10, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Eclectic, creative, and addictive, "Rated R" sees Queens of the Stone Age expanding on the riff-driven stoner rock found on their classic self-titled debut. Whereas their prior album found the band using grinding, repetitive riffs for the most part, with "Rated R" the band uses a much greater variety of sounds and song structures. "Feel Good Hit of the Summer" is fast and catchy ode to drug use, while the single "The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret" places Josh Homme's laid-back wail over a driving guitar riff. Other highlights include the trippy "Leg of Lamb," the slow and atmosperic "Auto Pilot" and "In the Fade," and the propulsive "Monsters in the Parasol" (how much pot did Homme smoke before he came up with that lyric?). The use of multiple singers is a plus, as Nick Oliveri's gritty voice powers "Auto Pilot" and Mark Lanegan lends "In the Fade" its relaxed air. Throughout the album, QOTSA maintain the garage edge that characterizes stoner rock, without it sounding like it was tape-recorded in a garage. Like its predecessor, "Rated R" is a great album for cruising around with the windows open and the stereo blasting, or just sitting around mellowing out.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great band
I love that band, I think the "desert rock" choice is a great different sound, all work is great you can hear all evolution in that CD.
Published 1 month ago by Carlos Rodriguez
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
Not as good as the first but I love it. Sounds so good on vinyl. Wish it had never say never on it....and 18 AD but it doesn't
Published 2 months ago by Sly Piggle
5.0 out of 5 stars A great introduction
I was a late lover of the "Queens of the Stone age."
This CD I had never listened to. My daughter told me
I would love it, since I was crazy over their last two... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Donna M. Swindells
5.0 out of 5 stars Oustanding riffs and songs that hold up
It took me a few passes to get deep into this album, but it has some of the Queens' best riff work and does some great stuff with percussion, distortion, and back and forth vocals... Read more
Published 3 months ago by J. G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome album, even better vinyl
Queens of the Stone Age is one of the best bands of the late '90's (and currently). This is their 2nd album and all of the songs are great. So happy to own the record now!
Published 4 months ago by Dustyn
5.0 out of 5 stars a GREAT ALBUM
One of their best albums in my opinion. It is a rare glimpse in a moment in time, truly powerful period.
Published 5 months ago by James
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
Queens of the Stone Age are a phenomenal band. Always catchy, yet dark enough to keep you thinking. This makes me want to go find my Kyuss.
Published 6 months ago by Travis Kary
5.0 out of 5 stars QOTSA goes techno rock
Similar to "Like Clockwork" yet different. Is a throwback to the old Euro-tech. Refreshingly new! Great introduction for new listeners.
Published 7 months ago by The "Kapusta" Kid
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality review (not a music review)
VERY high quality album! Heavy vinyl and very nice sleeve for the album. The jacket is nice and heavy as well. Read more
Published 7 months ago by cole m whitecotton
5.0 out of 5 stars QOTSA-Rated R
I've been hoping to find this record organically but realized it had been nearly ten years of flipping through records at various stores with no avail. Read more
Published 8 months ago by rmc
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