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  • Audio CD (June 6, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • ASIN: B00004TH6O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,799 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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One of their best albums in my opinion.
James
It is on a rare occasion that I buy a cD that I can listen to the whole way through, multiple times and love every individual song.
billy
A good album needs a certain amount of variety: every song on Rated R has a unique voiceprint.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Shotgun Method on 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 By Sal Nudo VINE VOICE on July 13, 2003
Format: Audio CD
"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!).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B. Santos on December 10, 2005
Format: Audio CD
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By crispy on June 13, 2000
Format: Audio CD
If you have any connections with the British music press like me, then you will have read in the New Musical Express that they thought that this album was the most important and anticipated underground rock album since "Nevermind" - can there possibly be any higher praise than that? The answer is yes and no. The reason for it not being 'entirely' correct is that you cannot rank anything made by the Queens of the Stone Age over Kyuss, but at the same time the statement is accurate in that Kyuss never got noticed, unlike the Queens are now, and since the Queens have risen from the ashes of Kyuss (although with a COMPLETELY different sound), then this IS probably the most anticipated underground rock album for many a year.
So, with a huge sigh of relief and joy, I can kindly inform all of you that this album is majestic. On my first listen, the record just about reduced me to tears at how great it was. There's the irresistible punk infused drug anthem "Feel Good Hit of the Summer", the dark and twisted psychedelic pop tunes "The Lost Art of Keeping a Secret", "Monsters in the Parasol" - a brilliant reworking of a desert sessions track -and the weird and quirky "Leg of Lamb". Then there is the quite franky sublime guest appearance by Mark Lanegan of the great Screaming Trees on the heart-melting "In the Fade" which has one of the best guitar chorus lines I've ever heard. Or how about the hallucinogenic and timeless beauty of "Auto Pilot", "Better Living Through Chemistry" and "I Think I Lost my Headache". "Auto Pilot" actually has a very David Bowie ring about it, showing how far this band is willing to push their boundaries.
The Queens don't stop there, though. No, sir.
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