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Despite the advent of the '00s, thoroughly blunted longhairs wearing three-quarter-length T-shirts still boot around the suburbs in painted vans listening to roaring metal. Fittingly, a whole new crop of post-Dazed and Confused-era stoner rockers--Fu Manchu, Monster Magnet, and arguably the kings of them all, Queens of the Stone Age--provide a shredding contemporary score for righteous three-finger devil salutes. On Songs for the Deaf, core members bassist Nick Oliveri and singer-guitarist Josh Homme (also see Kyuss) balance pure guitar-induced carnage with more complex, though no less aggressive, speed rock that whips by so fast it creates its own breeze. Opening with the 90-second "The Real Song for the Deaf"--a cheeky and amorphous bit of bloopy electronica quite possibly recorded at the bottom of a swimming pool--the disc explodes with track two, a toxic squall of power chords and now-classic Olivera death howls. It's here the album's recurring concept/conceit is introduced as a generic-sounding announcer from L.A.'s "Clone" radio spits out some psychobabble reinforcing the tired if true cliché that commercial radio stinks. Similar mock broadcasts surface elsewhere, but they're easily forgivable, given the bounty on offer. Homme-powered tracks dominate--the lurching, weirdly springy "No One Knows" is a kind of "Monster Mash" for grownups; the vocal harmony-driven "The Sky Is Falling" is almost dreamy until a small army of guitars surges to the front lines to begin firing. And a lyrically winking hidden track, "Mosquito Song," is either an in-joke of ridiculous proportions or a declarative statement about the level of musicianship lurking just beneath the quaking veneer of the Queens' sound. Either way, genuine excitement comes early and often on Songs for the Deaf. It's a remarkable achievement--a hard rock record so good that it immediately evokes a conspiratorial fervor that makes you want to tell everyone you can about it. Er, job done. --Kim Hughes
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So I listened to the samples of Songs For The Deaf and found a copy for 98 cents. How can you lose with that price? Well, if the cd just sits on the shelf and you feel embarrassed about buying it at all . . .
But Songs for the Deaf is one of those cds that is just better than the samples indicate. I listened to Amorphis first, and confirmed that the song I loved on it was the best, so kind of disappointed, I stuck this in. Surprise! Damn this is really good.
You Think has a clear drum opener and a simple catchy hand clappy riff, and then Josh belts out some very loud vocals that can only be described as blood pumping, and the upswing riff is pleasantly hard too. Nice start and seems like a very long three minutes. Gotta love songs that make time stop.
No One is groovy and twangy and reminds me of Kyuss a bit, despite being easier to listen to than most of their stuff. Not as good as You Think, but not worth hating it because it was popular either.
A Song for the Dead opens with nice atmosphere but gets stuck on its killer but repetitive riff.
The Sky is Fallin has a nice rolling riff and a vocal that harkens back to the hippy days; floating.
Go With The Flow combines a super charger riff with another clean vocal.
God is in the Radio starts off like Maxwell Silver Hammer, but then slips nicely into a great guitar part. I like the homage to the mainstream idea of Heaven: "You come back another day and do no wrong." It just strikes me as funny, and then imagining the devil slinking about trying to hide from God's voice hammering him with a repetitive slogan. Perfect. God knows all about marketing and repetition, right? Best lyrics on the album, and a nice solo in the second half you won't hear on the sample. Good fuzzy breakdown too. I guess my favorite here.
The Kyuss guitar sound comes back in Song For The Deaf, after an opening that reminds me of the bass part in No More Tears.
Overall, Josh's voice is just . . . Lovely. Sounds best when he tries least! And though some of the vocals are sleepy, the music is very interesting as well.
Way better than holding up a dollar in a wind storm and watching it blow away!
Not sure what he does, but when Dave Grohl works with Josh, things just work. Them Crooked Vultures is a breed of this same species, for sure. But, you won't find that for 98 cents any time soon :(
QOTSA has been reportedly involved with the likes of Ween, And You Will Know Us by the Trail of the Dead, Tool, and various other seemingly-irrelevant bands. They are versatile and creative. Buy this album. Listen to it. It is better than anything. Ever.
In addition.... the DVD is great. You get to see Dave drumming while showing his teeth, and there is also a fascinating scene while Josh Homme and Dave discuss technical details of musicianship using various forms of onomatopoeia. Them's a creative bunch.