Queens of the Stone Age
Songs for the Deaf


4.5
superb

Review

by Scythe404 USER (3 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 606 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist


(2002)
The first major label release from the highly acclaimed and unusually street-credited Queens Of The Stone Age practically blindsides you. Given the history of some of its members (Josh Homme, Dave Grohl), this album was expected to be big, and it lived up to the hype.

Josh Homme - Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocals
Nick Oliveri - Bass Guitar, Guitar, Vocals
Troy Van Leeuwen - Guitar, Backup Vocals
Mark Lanegan - Vocals, Backup Vocals
Dave Grohl - Drums & Percussion

Track 01 - "Millionaire"
Possibly the most energetic (within sane limits) song of the album, millionaire starts with a faint drum beat and 30 seconds in, rips right into the song. The riffs are bold and straightforward and just make you want to right out mosh. Nick Oliveri does a great job on voals in this song, blending melodic with screaming. This can almost be described as a speed-induced fight song.
4/5

Track 02 - "No One Knows"
Bold straightforward riffs (slightly toned down in comparison to Track 1) and a strangely addictive mid-tempo beat have you raising and eyebrow while tapping your foot to this joyfully abstract song. An appropriate first single for this album. It appears to be about odd cultural norms and how alien things really are despite the fact that we are numb and used to them. An audible statement against the barriers these norms can bring.
5/5

Track 03 - "First It Giveth"
Although vocally stale, you can kind of picture yourself cruising at 100mph in a powerful car to this song. The drum beat is possibly the best of the album thanks to Dave Grohl's amazing kick drumming. The riffs are chunky and powerful like before, but with more fluctuation in the pitch. A song about fate/life.
3.5/5

Track 04 - "Song For The Dead"
Enter Mark Lanegan. A thoroughly pounding song with a strong main riff that fluctuates in and out. The small "mini-solos" are an interesting addition. The song rounds out with a rampaging drum finale.
5/5

Track 05 - "Sky Is Fallin"
This is perhaps the best song of the album. Featuring the most powerful vocals and a fantastic bass level, this song keeps you hooked with climactic instrumentals and in depth lyrics. The song, to me, is about armageddon and a relection on wasted time in life looking back one last time before the end.
5/5

Track 06 - "Six Shooter"
A fun, raging song. Nick Oliveri in a state of madness. Not great as an overall track though. I just can't listen to it for any real purpose.
1/5

Track 07 - "Hangin Tree"
Mark Lanegan on vocals again and in his best showing of the album. The riff throughout most of the song is a dark, fluctuating, and sometimes high pitched one while the strong beat keeps you afloat. This is one of my favorite tracks of the album and it has you picturing a crimson sky reminiscent of horror movie death throughout.
4.5/5

Track 08 - "Go With The Flow"
The song does what the name suggests, flows. Again, powerful straightforward riffs, but with more near-high pitched wailing from Mark Lanegan's guitar than previous songs. The beat of this song is what really founds the feeling of the 'flow' and makes it feel more genuine and seperate from other tracks on the album. All else aside, on top of the flow it has an energetic 'jump up and mosh' feeling to it.
4/5

Track 09 - "Gonna Leave You"
A much more upbeat change of pace, we hear Nick Oliveri without a speed boost for the first time. The vocals are uplifting and melodic and the song's instrumentals can fool you into thinking its simply about a routine breakup. The beat is fairly standard and the riffs travel to match with the vocals but it is nonetheless a good effort.
4/5

Track 10 - "Do It Again"
Another set-in-stone beat, but the song redeems itself with its intriguing up and down tones in the verse. The vocals are decent, and the fun "house-party" type riffs keep you hooked. Grooves in the chorus.
3.5/5

Track 11 - "God Is In The Radio"
Much like No One Knows: A fun 'abstract' song. Starts with a snare/ride marching rhythm fused with a keyboard plink. Churns out a strong low end riff and is one of the few of the album that is not totally rhythm oriented. Provides a good, driving bass sound and a whisper of a beat that melts perfectly with the vocals.
4.5/5

Track 12 - "Another Love Song"
This track stands out in the album, using a steady tambourine beat and throwing in an organ. A song about a romantically cliche relationship.
4/5

Track 13 - "Song For The Deaf"
This song slowly creeps up on you before baring its teeth. A relentless bassline and more haunting vocals from Mark Lanegan and Josh Homme as a duo that rotates verse/chorus. The title track certainly lives up to the feel of the album it is named after.
5/5

Track 14 - "Mosquito Song"
Mosquito Song wraps up the album nicely. Like the denumonte to a pulse pounding heart-racing action movie, it "wipes the foam from your mouth" and brings you back to down to earth. Much like "Millionaire" puts you on an amphetamine for the journey, this track is the downer drug for you descendence to reality. This song features all guest vocals as well as a twelve string acoustic guitar, an accordion, a flamenco guitar and a horn section. The instrumental highpoint of the record that brings things to an unimaginable conclusion reminiscent of a "Lord Of The Rings" type journey.
5/5


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Bassist From Space...ist
January 25th 2006


31 Comments


i luv this album hey why is no one commented on this argh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AlienEater
January 25th 2006


716 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

No one commented because it's already been reviewed three times

JunkiE67
January 26th 2006


1 Comments


BEESTTTTT QEENNNNSSSS AAAAALLLBBBUUUMMMM EVER.
serious, dave saves this album.....everyone just feeds of this guy(hence the reason he's my idol)
great review

Bassist From Space...ist
January 27th 2006


31 Comments


oh well ive only been on aweek


Bassist From Space...ist
January 27th 2006


31 Comments


mani have to agree with junkie67 this is the best queens album

Xander_Christ
January 30th 2006


132 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Second best to Rated R, in my humble opinion

scallahan06
February 2nd 2006


124 Comments


all of the queens albums are good!

AlienEater
February 2nd 2006


716 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

except this and LTP which are merely average

Rockafella
February 4th 2006


88 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I can dig it.

Labouski
March 11th 2006


1 Comments


this has got to be one of my favorite albums

nirvanachild5
March 11th 2006


11 Comments


Its a brilliant album.........i love how all the songs interconnected through a radio show!!! it makes it to be such an epic album!!!!! its one of those cds that whenever you listen, you always hear something new.!!!

Waterloo_Sunset
March 24th 2006


452 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This album is one of those you can jus put on anytime, regardless of your mood and be guaranteed to be rockin out by the end of it! Full of energy and drive and Dave's drumming aint bad ;) Also on the British version I love cover of the Kinks "Everybody Gonna Be Happy"

mrblondecutsears
March 24th 2006


1 Comments


IF YOU PLAY THE 1ST TRACK AND START REWINDING IT STRAIGHT AWAY IT PLAYS A HIDDEN TRACK

marcus2006
April 6th 2006


1 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

All of their albums are very good but SFTD is without a doubt the best, but everyone'e entitled to their own oppinion.

HOJU69
April 7th 2006


4 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is an album that I will never skip tracks on.
I was'nt impressed with your rating for "Six Shooter" as that song was one of my favorites. It does have meaning to somebody who is as insane as that song.

scano
April 8th 2006


6 Comments


yeah it is a great album and it is brilliant ot listen to and just relax or do the oppisite and get up and head bang

Pint of stella
April 8th 2006


57 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Probably their best album.

scallahan06
April 8th 2006


124 Comments


correction: is their best album

FunkyMunky
April 11th 2006


43 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Intense

Cyka
April 14th 2006


1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is one of those albums I can just listen to any time, all the time, all the way through.



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