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If you're a Queens fan you will almost certainly enjoy this album and if it's your first time with the Desert Session you'll come away wanting to explore related bands. Do it. There's so much diversity here but it really does hang together as a single entity, and you will definitely keep coming back for more.
Twisted, simple and wonderfully engineered. The perfect balance of spontaneity, drugs and craziness supported by underlying musical genius. Buy it.
Vol. 9 "I See You Hearin' Me"
1. Dead In Love--The albums strong opening song begins with a guitar riff that sounds stuck somewhere between Alice Cooper and AC/DC. Pretty much a straightforward rocker until the timer hits 3:00, at which point the listener is treated to an excellent outro, complete with clarinet, piano and slide guitar.
2. I Wanna Make It WitChu--Undeniably the best song on the album. Great vocals, great musicianship, all around wonderful song. You'll be listenin' to this one over and over.
3. Covered In Punks Blood--A song that sounds pretty much what the name implies. The "hardest" song on the whole album. Nothin' but guitar, bass and some awesome drumming.
4. There Will Never Be A Better Time--A stripped down song featuring PJ Harvey on vox and Chris Goss on guitar. The beginning isn't bad; however the song eventually grows old, with PJ whining along with a boring, repetitive guitar riff. I find myself skipping this frequently.
5. Crawl Home--Featuring PJ on lead vox and distorted bass and Al Johannes providing "relatively surfish guitar". Good vocals, good chorus, good song.
6. I'm Here For Your Daughter--Shortest song on the album (44 seconds). Morbid but funny lyrics and a funky little guitar lick make this "song" quite interesting.
Vol. 10 "I Heart Disco"
7. Powdered Wig Machine--Not extremely good, not bad either. Kinda middle of the road.Read more ›
Reviewers so far have noted the amazing vocals contributed by PJ Harvey on various tracks, particularly "There Will Never Be A Better Time." I can't argue with them; tracks like that one, which gives me the shivers every time I hear it, as well as "Crawl Home" and "A Girl Like Me" are simply outstanding. I hope she shows up on future Desert Sessions as well. Dean Ween's influence is more subtle, but can definitely be felt in "Powdered Wig." And songs like "Dead In Love," "I Wanna Make It Wit Chu," and "In My Head...Or Something" are very reminiscent of early QOTSA albums.
If you're not familiar with the Desert Sessions, you can imagine this disc as Queens of the Stone Age stoned: more mellow, a bit stranger, and willing to let all of their buddies go crazy in the studio. If this sounds up your alley, then I say jump on this album. It's easily one of the best stoner-rock CDs that I've heard in a while.
By the way, my votes for "song most likely to show up on a future QOTSA album" go to "Powdered Wig Machine," "Dead In Love," "In My Head..." and "Holey Dime," in order of likelihood.
Other then a couple let-downs at the end this album is great. A few songs sound like they would be right at home on a Queens of the Stoneage album whereas others are PJ Harvey B-sides just waiting to happen. If you happen to like either Queens of the Stoneage or PJ Harvey then I deffinately suggest getting this album.
Overall its PJ Harvey that pulls this album up, she performs on 7 of the tracks and sings lead on 4 of those. Those 4 songs - There Will Never Be a Better Time, Crawl Home, Powdered Wig Maching, and Girl Like Me - are the 4 strongest of the album. PJ Harvey sounds like she just let herself be free on this side-project and she ends up sounding better then she has in years.
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Love Josh and crew and this does not disappoint. This album will be playing over and over again in my car and at home.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
PJ Harvey kills it on this album with Josh Homme. A must have for a fan of either of them or anyone who appreciates music from the heart. Read morePublished 17 months ago by noelle
great neat good super awesome good excellent .it was wonderful surprise delightful summer of fun.like as fun as a pearl jam showPublished on March 24, 2013 by PearlJam
Very cool CD...Josh and Deen Ween togeather is so cool. And PJ Harvey makes me want to touch myself...her voice is so good on this album! Read morePublished on January 30, 2012 by RHINOBYTE
This was a gift for my stepson. I guess he is satisfied with it since he asked for it specifically.Published on January 19, 2011 by TJ
Preface: I'm a huge QOTSA fan and I love Kyuss and PJ Harvey.
Review: I never thought I'd hear myself say this, but this cd suffers from underproduction. Read more