Queens of the Stone Age
...Like Clockwork


3.0
good

Review

by Jamie Coughlan USER (11 Reviews)
June 27th, 2013 | 14 replies


Release Date: 06/03/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Middle of the road return from QOTSA, that they've been sliding toward for 8 years.

Am I the only one decidedly underwhelmed by the latest QOTSA album? It has been described by many as Homme's maturation from his brutal but beautiful past but contrary to this assertion I feel it's his fully fledged plunge into turgidity that he has been threatening since the release of Lullabies to Paralyze eight years ago.

Where once infectious melody, energy and genuine invention imbued tracks like Autopilot, In My Head and Go With The Flow with an effortless, wanton abandon, now tracks such as I Sat By The Ocean, If I Had A Tail and My God Is The Sun seem leaden and sluggish by comparison. A dim, slow younger sibling: much is expected of them but they pale in comparison to their multi-faceted elder siblings.

Having said this, the album is obviously extremely proficiently performed by a plethora of multi-talented and multi-instrumental musicians cut from disparate cloths. When you get Trent Reznor, Dave Grohl and Elton John together they are going to hit creative pay dirt at some stage or another. As such, I Appear Missing and Like Clockwork emerge at the tail end of the record battered and bruised from the mediocrity surrounding them.

After the final note slinks into the ether, I was left feeling that while I had been relatively unoffended by what had passed my ears, I had not been grabbed by the balls by a fist in a studded leather glove either. Ultimately, if QOTSA don't grab you relentlessly by the balls, then what's the point in their existence?



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Comments:Add a Comment 
MikeC26
June 27th 2013


3202 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review dude have a pos

Pestiferous
June 27th 2013


1341 Comments


couple good tracks but nothing special

TheMoonchild
June 27th 2013


502 Comments


This review is the definition of "short and sweet"

Have a pos on me, dude

TheSpaceMan
June 27th 2013


2624 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

you got dat nostalgia mang

newjunk2
June 27th 2013


232 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I do really like this, but the fact that it has a 4.2 on here is baffling.

XingKing
June 27th 2013


10958 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Why's that? It's fucking awesome

Ash89
June 27th 2013


1 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

fuck

sjp55555
June 27th 2013


85 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I agree it's worn off on me a bit and was quickly replaced by new Boards of Canada as my go to album this month.

savaah
June 28th 2013


497 Comments


kinda agree, will pos... or not

Ecnalzen
June 28th 2013


6787 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I don't know about anyone else, but I prefer my music to stay around my ears and leave my balls be.

tempest--
June 28th 2013


14413 Comments


"Am I the only one decidedly underwhelmed by the latest QOTSA album?"

neg

jamiecoughlan
June 28th 2013


87 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Are people saying this review is badly written simply because you don't agree with my opinion?

That's pretty douchey!

tempest--
June 28th 2013


14413 Comments


i didn't actually neg tho

CakeWithCream
April 21st 2014


1029 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"As such, I Appear Missing and Like Clockwork emerge at the tail end of the record battered and bruised from the mediocrity surrounding them."
This is a late comment but just want to point out that Trent Reznor sings on Kalopsia, Elton John sings and plays piano on Fairweather Friends, and Grohl drums on tracks 4, 5, 7, 8, and 9. I Appear Missing and Like Clockwork are all Josh Homme.



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