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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.
"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!).Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Awesome trippy stuff! Love this old-style QotSA. "Feel Good Hit of the Summer" & "Monsters in the Parasol" floored me. Yummy.Published 29 days ago by Deb T.
Album cover was bent in the corner. Not a big deal. It's so plays well, that it's not worth returning. Such a great album.Published 4 months ago by Jennifer R Nellessen