Queens of the Stone Age
Songs for the Deaf


3.0
good

Review

by Neoteric USER (86 Reviews)
October 16th, 2005 | 39 replies | 7,259 views


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist


6 of 6 thought this review was well written

With a super-team with both Mark Lannegan and Dave Grohl. It was a team that was hard to beat with Josh Homme's crew. After Rated R, anticipations were quite high, this was their 'bringing out' part. They exceeded with the single No One Knows which actually got high in the charts. Josh tuned his guitar down two steps. The album is set around this radio station when quite honestly, it feels hard to break up the songs and they talk gibberish most of the time. The songs with Josh are all kind of samey to me, maybe it's the same guitar tone, I don't know. Mark Lanegan appears here in some bits. A darker approach. The music tries to give a scary atmosphere which is why this is the darkest.

Now I wouldn’t call this a failure but a step forward or a progression. I have to admit, this album is kind of 'filler' galore. There is a lot of wasted tracks where they could have fixed up and made them awesome. Tracks like Another Love Song and Do It Again are wasted potential. Let me compare this to eighties thrash for a minute. At the time, thrash bands were very poor and their albums were of low quality. Most of the bands in this genre said they would of wished they had enough money to make it sound like it did on the re-masters. This what the album sounds like. Josh has a horrible guitar tone in my opinion and I don’t like the snare sound at all. The quality can be quite meh a lot of the times but it can shine through when needed.

The bad tracks out-weigh the good quite frankly. Making this a fan release. Many non-fans could find this hard to get into so Rated R is the ultimate beginners album for this awesome Stoner rock outfit. Nick’s vocals are horrible throughout the album except of course, Songs For The Dead which is a brutal superb song well done by Nick. Six Shooter is an awful song full of Nick randomly swearing. Most avoidable. Another Love Song is different'but it's a whole load of tripe. I don’t know who is singing but the vocals are very 'eek!' and the guitar is just annoying. Don’t get me wrong. It is not a bad album in any means. They are some very well done songs on here. Songs For The Deaf is an eerie closing track with creepy screaming in the background but explodes into a powerful chorus. First It Giveth is a fast straight-forward track with its bass intro till it's electric end. The Sky Is Fallin' starts with a kind of melodic bass drum thing with harmonics in Josh's voice. It starts with this strumming pattern. Josh does his high voice thing during the chorus. It repeats for five minutes. It's repetitive yet addictive. One of the stronger songs on the album. It lasts quite long though it feels quite fast.

In God Is In The Radio, Mark Lanegan is singing and the vocals sound amazing. It starts off quiet with this small drum-roll and the guitars come in. This has the best chorus ever, it’s the way it follows the verses which make it so great. Sadly, I miss half of this since my CD has been borrowed many times and it is all scratched, aswell as Songs For The Deaf. One of the only QOTSA songs in standard. Some songs on this feel unfinished, they should have re-done Do It Again. It drags on and it is very boring. Only good part on this is about 2:30 I think when Josh sings the third verse. It leads to the boring chorus though and it kind of ruins it for me. Damn right they should Do It Again (cheap pun)

What the hell were they thinking with Six Shooter. It is a one minute and something song. It has the most horrible vocals I have ever seen Nick sing. It is supposed to portray anger though I think it just portrays noise. I want to claw my eyes (or ears or whatever) every time it comes on then I have to jump to my stereo for preventing that from happening. Josh shows his musicianship with a lovely guitar and brilliant riffs but his tone is horrible and Nick says Dimebag has a horrible tone! He tunes his guitar two steps down. I understand he is trying to get a stoner rock sound but is it all that necessary? Nick isn't that great of a musician but his on-stage performance is hilarious. he runs about naked. (You can see pictures of him onstage on the official website though I won't give the link in case of banning) His playing isn't that noticeable except on Hanging Tree. Dave Grohl is the man. Dave has pass efforts with Nirvana and The Foo Fighters so is an explanation really necessary? There is superb and sometimes hard drumming on this album and that Dave is much better then their ordinary drummer. This album is well better than the average offering on Lullabies To Paralyze but it is under Rated R which was superb. I suggest starting with Rated R and then moving up with this album. Only if you are a hardcore fan should you buy Lullabies To Paralyze

64%



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Senor_Whippy
October 16th 2005



367 Comments


yet again Cathedral you never fail to amaze me.Great review for a great album.Good job.
This Message Edited On 10.18.05

Rudd13
October 16th 2005



952 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5


I honestly didnt like your review, or your score. But I will give you props for thinking of doing another review for this album, as I was gonna write one myself.

This album is probably as good, if not better, than Lullabies, and contains some of their more darker melodies.

You review was.. Okay. But can use more detail and a better aspect of the the band.

But hey, it DOES get my vote.This Message Edited On 10.16.05

Rudd13
October 16th 2005



952 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Whoa, how I wish I could take back the votes I give out sometimes.

Trying to be nice and being honest in a nice fashion sometimes just doesnt cut it for some people.

Neoteric
October 16th 2005



3243 Comments


[quote=Rudd13]Whoa, how I wish I could take back the votes I give out sometimes.

Trying to be nice and being honest in a nice fashion sometimes just doesnt cut it for some people.[/quote]

how would you like it if you worked for days to make a good review when people just slate it? And what my score is, is my opinion, you don't have to bring that up in saying you didn't like my review.

barosjn
October 16th 2005



501 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This and Lullabyes To Paralyze are okay albums. "Six Shooter" might be filler, but I think QOTSA wrote that song for a reason. I think they were trying to make fun of what most metal sounds like now.

Neoteric
October 16th 2005



3243 Comments


But they never had to make it THAT terrible :pThis Message Edited On 10.16.05

Rudd13
October 16th 2005



952 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Well, dont think youre alone or anything. Many people write reviews that take a while, but you cant expect every single one to go your way. There will always be a comment you might not like once in a while, but at the same time, many positive ones to come along with it or them. Comments are a big part of Sputnik and everyone deserves to have a say, no matter what everyone else may think.

EDIT- Also, now that I realize that youre Constant, I will say that I admired many of your earlier reviews. So no hard feelings at all on my part, I was just trying to be as honest as possible.This Message Edited On 10.16.05

Neoteric
October 16th 2005



3243 Comments


hey guys, I'm going to do an overall. Do you think Rush's 2112 would make a good overall?

Just a note:
I can't wait to get back into my old account and re-write some of my "unsatifactory" reviews ;)

Apathy
October 16th 2005



645 Comments


One word for this album:

BOR-ING.

Zebra
Moderator
October 16th 2005



2647 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Decent review, a lot better than your previous reviews. This album is just average, it's nothing special.

Arrakakaka
October 16th 2005



685 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Well, Jom, 3/5 = 6/10. And we all know how to turn fractions into decimals, I hope. But this system is screwy. I mean, 64%? That's like saying, "Good job getting a D on your report card Johnny!". But I go along with this system.

This album bored me compared to Rated R. I also love your review format. Keep it up!
This Message Edited On 10.16.05

Jawaharal
October 16th 2005



1832 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ilikethisalbumalot.

Apathy
October 16th 2005



645 Comments


Unstable Mind, 64% is a C. In Canada, anyway.

Auldy
October 16th 2005



351 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

great reveiw, but 64% is a bit harsh, this is the better of the 3 major label QOTSA albums

barosjn
October 16th 2005



501 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

cheeto-tsmushingupallofthelettersinasentencetogethermakesthesentencedifficulttoreadThis Message Edited On 10.16.05

Jawaharal
October 16th 2005



1832 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

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Storm In A Teacup
October 16th 2005



12687 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

64% is a C in Canada! It's a D in America.

BTW I liked your review Cathedral. I lolled when you insulted Rudd and BTBP like that, but they are good reviewers.

One last thing, Senor Whippy called you Constant because he wants people to think he's smart.

Storm In A Teacup
October 16th 2005



12687 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

JK on the last part of that comment.

Xander_Christ
October 16th 2005



132 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Not a badly written review but I couldn't disagree more with it. I think this album is largely genius. Six Shooter is just over one minute of manic musical beauty and even the "filler tracks" that don't particularily shine are interesting enough instrumentaly to enjoy. Mosquito Song is a beautiful closer that you neglected to even mention, aside form my other personal favourites First it Giveth and Song For The Dead.
I think you just took this album too seriously, the radio hosts and other interuptions are just for fun and to add to the album experience.

innerdark
October 17th 2005



749 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yup i'm with Xander this album kicks ass
lullabies sucks tho...



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