Queens of the Stone Age
Queens of the Stone Age


4.0
excellent

Review

by Andrew H. EMERITUS
January 22nd, 2005 | 113 replies | 46,291 views


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist


Queens Of The Stone Age - Queens Of The Stone Age

After disbanding Kyuss (metal legends), Josh Homme found himself without very much to do. After touring with The Screaming Trees, Josh decided to put together a band of himself on guitar and vocals, Nick Oliveri on bass (of Kyuss fame), drummer Alfredo Hernandez (also a former Kyuss member) and new recruit Dave Catching on guitar and keyboards. Working with a revolving lineup of musicians from bands such as The Screaming Trees, Dinosaur Jr. and Soundgarden, the group released a series of 7" recordings, working under the name Gamma Ray. Homme later renamed the group Queens of The Stone Age. The group released their self titled debut album in 1998.

On their first album, instead of making Kyuss 2, Queens of the Stone Age had a different approach to music. At the time, there was (as still is) nothing similar to Josh Homme's songwriting. The signature QOTSA sound is all here and what a unique sound it is. The fuzzed out trebleless, mid-heavy guitars. The tom fills. Nick Oliveri's basslines. But most of all, Josh Homme's unique vocals with his excellent falsettos. Queens Of The Stone Age seem to have a great attitude towards music. While they like to rock out and make creative and different music, they seem to be focused on, above all, writing good songs. They take themselves seriously, but not too seriously. Or better yet, they take their music seriously, but don't take themselves too seriously. One only needs to look at the cover of this album to see than Queens Of The Stone Age are a fun band.

Many band's debut albums hint at their potential. This record did just that, however, it also went beyond that. This album showed that Queens Of The Stone Age are a great band and that they're only going to get better. Their music is appealing to just about anyone. The songs are easy to listen to and many tracks (such as the album's opener, "Regular John" ) make excellent radio singles. At the same time, however, Queens are a musos band, with all of the band's players being excellent at their instruments. The music is very riff based, which means the band write some excellent riffs.

Queens Of The Stone Age have something for everyone in their music. While some may not find it to be the most interesting music there is, there is something to appreciate in every song. Whether it be Josh's unique songwriting, the band's undeniable skill on their instruments, or just the fun that comes out of listening to their music, "Queens Of The Stone Age" is an excellent record and only the beginning of the wonderful world of Queens Of The Stone Age.

Pros

- Great riffs
- Fun
- Badass instrument work

Cons

- Not the most diverse record
- May seem boring after a while to some listeners

Reccomended Tracks

Regular John
Avon
If Only
Give The Mule What He Wants

FINAL RATING: 4/5



Recent reviews by this author
White Suns Waking in the ReservoirPurplene Purplene
Quiet Steps Think AloudGrinderman Grinderman 2
Jakob DominionNorma Jean Meridional
user ratings (1082)
Chart.
3.9
excellent
other reviews of this album
Alex K. (4)
"I had an image in my head from an old Warner Bros cartoon of big, staggering robots. And that, I su...

Timeizillmatic9 (4.5)
The often overlooked, classic debut of one of modern rock's most important bands...

Ali CONTRIBUTOR (3.5)
Often forgotten due to its relative obscurity, this debut represents the transition point from Kyuss...


Comments:Add a Comment 
Tangy zizzle
January 22nd 2005



253 Comments


Nice review. I agree with 85% of what you said.

3rdplanet
April 7th 2005



46 Comments


This is the best Queens record out.

willbecomegodlikeguitarplayer
April 18th 2005



3 Comments


mexicola is the best song on the album

scallahan06
August 26th 2005



124 Comments


no way avon is the best song on the album




br3ad_man
Emeritus
August 26th 2005



2125 Comments


Regular John is

Robert Crumb
Emeritus
August 26th 2005



165 Comments


"You Can't Quit Me Baby," I dug that one a lot. I dunno about best, though. It's been a long time since I've listened to this. Great album, it's got them huge grooves.

I_like_goats
September 3rd 2005



18 Comments


Mexicola has the best lyrics

"The setting sun deals hands of gold
Theres velvet eyes in mexico"

any14doomsday
September 29th 2005



679 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like mexicola the best but Hispanic impressions is one of my favorite instumentals ever.

00david
January 19th 2006



2 Comments


I love the hole record, would never be abled to choose just one or two... and still Ive been listening to this record for at least three years, never get tired of it.

hallucinogeneti
January 19th 2006



2 Comments


you would know is my favorite riff on the album. Great debut

supraman_2
March 28th 2006



146 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is great. It's not quite as diverse or maybe eclectic as the other records but I still think it's great.
"You Can't Quit Me Baby" owns

The_Ted
May 14th 2006



2 Comments


fuck i never heard, and never seen it in any music store of this Queens of the stone age Cd

Xander_Christ
October 1st 2006



132 Comments


Why can't I find this album! grrr....

f_u_c_t
October 1st 2006



1406 Comments


^ ive been having the same problem, trying to find this album

rockstar18
October 25th 2006



741 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this is a g8 album! ahh! i still dont own it i cant find it ne where! HELP!

Krumkake
March 26th 2008



27 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is indeed the best album.. Ever! It will be my favourite album of all time, and it even changed me as a person.

pdbn
June 9th 2009



130 Comments


Nice review. Coincidentally I four stared on my iTunes all your recommended songs.

pdbn
June 9th 2009



130 Comments


You should change the cover art to the vinal cover art ;)

dragonaut
June 30th 2009



62 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Probably my favourite QOTSA album next to SFTD, love How to Handle a Rope.
I wierdly get a great summer vibe from some of these songs, don't ask.

Douchebag
July 13th 2009



3624 Comments


I have been going through a HUGE QOTSA fix lately (happens every couple of months) and this is the only album I don't have, I really need it! and some Kyuss.



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2014 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy