Queens of the Stone Age
Stone Age Complications


3.5
great

Review

by Anthony Hoch USER (16 Reviews)
February 15th, 2006 | 13 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist


Stone age Complications... or is it Complication?

I am not really sure what this album is called as its name is printed differently on two parts of the album. But the name of the album is of little importance, it’s really the music that matters, and sadly there’s just not too much of it. I know this is an EP and that five or six songs will suffice but The Queens have a pretty rich history, and a body of work to back it up.

Now the music…

The songs on this EP are good; the covers are nice fuzzy more “modern" sounding versions of the original, the songs are injected with a new energy and a sexy swagger that The Queens are the masters of. The best of the covers is, The Cramps “Most Exalted Potentate of Love". This song sounds great with the fuzzy/sexy Queens treatment. The worst of the covers being The Kinks “Who will be the next in line". Queens of the Stone Age have covered better songs, hell they have covered better Kinks songs. This could have been replaced with the far superior cover of “Everybody’s Gonna Be Happy." Wake up screaming" is also very well done, they make it there own without completely abandoning the feel of the original.

After popping the disk into my CD player, I looked at the track list, and saw “No one Knows" then I looked at the rest of it, and it said “(Unkle Reconstruction)". I thought to myself, “What a remix? I am intrigued." At least it doesn’t suck; I was actually pleasantly surprised by the remix. It has a cool trip hop sound to it, and keeps the paranoid feeling of the original, while completely changing the sound of the song. And if you listen closely at the end, you can hear the bass-line from the original version. It is a solid remix. But it’s nothing mind-blowing, and could have been replaced with another classic Queens B-side.

“Hey!" B-sides cool. I love B-sides. The B-sides “chunk" of the EP is pretty good; there is a completely revamped version of the very early Queens song “Born to Hula." To me it’s not better then the original, by any stretch buts it’s a cool take on a classic. But born to hula is just a warm up for the EP closer, “The Bronze", this is arguably one of the best songs they have ever recorded. It still boggles my mind why this never made it onto and album, I think this would have sounded great on Rated: R, it has a sound that is kind of different then anything they have ever done, the guitar work is exceptionally well done. The two actual B-sides alone on the album are worth the five or six bucks the disk will run you.

This is a pretty good EP and worth the few bucks it cost. Now it definitely would have been cool if they would have released a complete B-sides and rarities collection, but I guess ill take what I can get. I give this album 3.5 out of 5 because its good, but it could have been much better.



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any14doomsday
February 15th 2006


679 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Im glad I could sneak a queens review in that no one else has done.

AlienEater
February 15th 2006


716 Comments


I've got all of these songs, except the fourth, so it seems pointless to get this. I love the bronze and born to hula.
no ones reviewed the qotsa kyuss split either

any14doomsday
February 15th 2006


679 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

its easier to buy this then it would be to buy all of the singles and EPs casue those all fetch a pretty penny now. Also ill take a studio quality recording over an MP3 any day.

Im probobly gonna do the kyuss/queens split tomarrow or later today. But what would i put it under, Kyuss or Queens, or both ?
or should i split it into two reviews ? I dont really know how to handle that.

fisky009
February 15th 2006


813 Comments


Good review, not for me though.

jimay333
February 15th 2006


433 Comments


You know it says "Stone Age Complication" on the album art. No "s" at complication.

any14doomsday
February 15th 2006


679 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

there is an "S" on the spine of my copy

'sides I was strapped for an oppenerThis Message Edited On 02.15.06

AlienEater
February 18th 2006


716 Comments


the queens kyuss split is under kyuss, so i guess you should put it under that.This Message Edited On 02.18.06

any14doomsday
February 19th 2006


679 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah I entered it into the database, Im working on it now, its kinda a tuff one to do.

bloc
September 13th 2010


34925 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The Bronze is probably one of my favourite Queens songs

bloc
October 19th 2010


34925 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The No One Knows remix by Unkle is pretty cool

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
October 19th 2010


15052 Comments


this band rules

bloc
October 19th 2010


34925 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

They really do, easily one of my all time favourite bands.

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
November 19th 2013


13341 Comments


i need to hear this

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