Them Crooked Vultures
Them Crooked Vultures


3.5
great

Review

by cubbzor USER (2 Reviews)
November 24th, 2009 | 9 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Jones, Homme, Grohl collaboration sets new standard in Hard Rock world

With the release of their debut album on November 17, the supergroup/sideproject band Them Crooked Vultures has solidified my opinions concerning the popularity of supergrouops in 2009. Consisting of Josh Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age, Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters/Nirvana, and John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin, the band's album has set a new standard for modern hard-hard. The feel of the album combines the content and fullness of classic rock dating back to Jones' Zeppelin days with newer styles and presentations of the genre explored by Homme and Grohl in the past 15 years.

On the 13 song/65 minute album, you don't fully hear any QOTSA or FF on this album. You do hear the people behind those bands. And, to an extent, you see the musical styles of Homme and Grohl's respective bands when listening to the two on their instruments. Opening with the slow blues-funk guitar riff in No One Loves Me & Neither Do I, and continuing to the edgy dance-wah wah riffs seen in Gunman, its extremely hard to not notice the throwback style of guitars on this album.

However, by no means is this album just a guitar masterpiece. Grohl is in his element, and with Jones on bass, the two maintain a classic rock feel while Homme samples different generational hard-rock styles on guitar. Not one instrument shines over the other on this album.

However, if there is one complaint to be had, at times I got rather lost while listening to the album. By the time one long track would finish, I would forgot how it began, just four minutes prior. There are many twists on this album, and at times it is rather inconsistent. I also found a soft spot on the album. Despite what I previously said, the middle tracks Reptiles and Interlude With Ludes needed more variance to maintain the pace and rigor established on the first part of the album. Instead, its seems like the band falls into a rather dull trance on these songs, but quickly picks up on the 11th track titled Caligulove.

Despite a couple flaws on the album, it was great listening to these three rock-icons on one album.


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  • Chris Davanzo (3.5)
    A supergroup that actually lives up to the hype? It can't be......

    hastapura (3.5)
    Josh Homme's musical tendrils branch yet again; Dave Grohl returns to the drum chair and J...

    Steve Firth (4)
    Them Crooked Vultures definitely deserved the future, and it's bright....

    Shu Mei Trodglen (4)
    "It rocks like f**k. What can I tell you?"...

  • Carlos Von Sextron (4)
    Them Crooked Vultures bring back a rock component that has been lost for a decade; lets ho...

    David Driver (3.5)
    With equal parts of blues, funk and rock, Them Crooked Vultures creates an overall enjoyab...


Comments:Add a Comment 
Douchebag
November 24th 2009


3624 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This band isn't a super group, it's an orgasm in music form.

DiceMan
November 24th 2009


7068 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This band isn't a super group, it's an orgasm in music form.


This band is a supergroup. Nothing more, nothing less.

Douchebag
November 24th 2009


3624 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah I know they're obviously a supergroup dude. Still, this 'supergroup' but out my album of the year.

DiceMan
November 24th 2009


7068 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Which was? 21st Century B43/-|< |] 0 // ||?

See wut I did? Eh? Eh?

Douchebag
November 24th 2009


3624 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

You sure have a way with words lol.

Fugue
November 24th 2009


7354 Comments


In all honesty I was kinda disappointed.

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elephantREVOLUTION
November 24th 2009


2782 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i didn't find this album that great either, but i still need to listen to it more. good review.

Waior
November 24th 2009


11461 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good first review; you're a slight bit aimless at times though. Try writing a review with a typical essay format in mind...?

I still need to hear this.

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Douglas
November 24th 2009


9172 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Don't bother.



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